Objectives and Structure

Data Governance is the practice of making strategic and effective decisions regarding UNLV's information assets. At UNLV, it assumes a philosophy of freedom of access to University data by all members of the community, coupled with the responsibility to adhere to all policies and all legal constraints that govern that use.

Objectives of Data Governance:

  1. Ensure the quality of the data resulting in greater accuracy, timeliness, and a clear understanding of data.
  2. Ensure the security of the data, including confidentiality and protection from loss.
  3. Ensure ease of access, assure that once data are located, people have enough information to be able to interpret the data.
  4. Reduce the redundancy of data so that one piece of information is stored in just one place.
  5. Establish appropriate responsibility for the management of University the data asset.

Structure of Data Governance:

The Data Oversight Committee (DOC) is appointed by the Executive Vice President & Provost, and is responsible for the maintenance of the data governance policies and practices for the institution. The Executive Data Oversight Subcommittee (EDOC) consists of a subset of members of the DOC chosen by the DOC to facilitate the ongoing work of the committee.

The DOC designates data custodians and through the Institutional Data Governance and Management Policy and other means, provides direction to them. The Data Governance Committee (DGC) is an affiliated committee of the DOC that is charged by and reports directly to the DOC. The DGC recommends and oversees the formal data governance program across the institution. This includes a robust set of policies, practices, and data definitions to ensure appropriate use by the institution.