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Data Stewardship Governance Structure


Business Intelligence partners with multiple stakeholders of the University. Our data stewardship governance structure includes three major groups:

  1. Data Partners
  2. Data Custodians
  3. Data Sponsors

Data Partners

The Data Partners consist of individuals ("data experts") who are most intimately familiar with the data, who work with the data on a regular basis and can speak most directly to the business processes surrounding data collection, management, and usage. The Data Partners meet monthly and represent the following units/groups across the university:

  • Admissions
  • Advancement
  • Alumni Affairs
  • Athletics
  • Auditing Services
  • Business Intelligence
  • Career Services
  • Constituent Relationship Management (CRM)
  • Enterprise Information Systems
  • Finance and Financial Planning
  • Financial Aid
  • Information Technology
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness
  • Office of International Student Services
  • Office of Student Accessibility
  • Online Learning
  • Student Affairs
  • Student Records and Enrollment
  • ...and more

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Data Custodians

The Data Custodians are neutral parties whose purpose is to serve as moderators and facilitators of the discussions surrounding data definitions, related business processes and data issues, as well as communicate and inform the Data Sponsors accordingly. The Data Custodians are the "core group" of the Data Stewardship program, representing the following units and roles:

  • Admissions and Financial Aid (Dean of Enrollment Management, Seaver College and Associate Provost, University Financial Assistance)
  • Advancement and Alumni Affairs (Associate Vice Chancellor)
  • Business Intelligence (University Data Officer)
  • Finance (Executive Director, Finance Systems)
  • Human Resources (Director)
  • Information Technology (Chief Information Officer)
  • Office of Institutional Effectiveness (Associate Provost)
  • Office of International Student Services (Executive Director)
  • Office of Student Information and Services (Associate Vice President and University Registrar)
  • Online Learning (Director)

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Data Sponsors

The Data Sponsors consist of an elective group of individuals from the University Planning Committee (UPC) including the deans for all five schools of Pepperdine. This sub-committee of the UPC represents key and relevant leadership from all major units across the university. The Data Sponsors' responsibilities include executive sponsorship and support of the Data Stewardship strategic initiative, approval of new data definitions, approval of changes to existing data definitions, and final decision on any unresolved discussion items initiated by the Data Partners and/or Data Custodians.

The Data Sponsors represent the following units and roles:

  • Associate Vice President, Human Resources and Business Services
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Dean, Caruso School of Law
  • Dean, Graduate School of Education and Psychology
  • Dean, Pepperdine's Graziadio Business School
  • Dean, School of Public Policy
  • Dean, Seaver College

  • Senior Vice President for Strategic Implementation
  • Vice President for Advancement and Chief Development Officer

  • Vice President, Student Affairs

  • Vice Provost

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