Analytics without Borders: Conversations with Data-Driven Higher Ed Decision-Makers


Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 2:00pm to 3:45pm


Askwith Lecture Hall, 1st floor Longfellow Building, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA


ASC has recently turned one year! Although we're still learning how to walk, we've made tremendous progress establishing connections across Harvard’s central administration and Schools to leverage collective expertise and best practices using analytics for decision-making at Harvard. In the course of several events, members had a chance to get to know eachother, network, and learn recent developments in analytic practices, and ways in which colleagues approach analytic challenges. We even applied some of the same methodologies we apply in our business roles to plan and evaluate ASC's initiatives and events. 

Strong event attendance and overwhelmingly positive feedback reassure us that, in spite of our decentralized structure, we are fortunate to have a pool of dedicated, mission-driven, and incredibly talented analysts with much interest in collaborating with eachother. Perhaps not surprisingly, the launch of ASC has coincided with the announcement of a University-wide data-science initiative dedicated to uniting efforts across Harvard to foster collaboration and create an integrated data-science community.

In light of these major initiatives gaining momentum at Harvard, we are organizing an event featuring a group of prominent faculty in senior administration roles harnessing analytics for institutional policy- and decision-making. The goal of the event is to increase dialogue across organizational boundaries and learn from leading decision-makers about how their work is shaped by institutional data and analytics. Our distinguished guest speakers will be sharing their visions of a data-driven University, give examples of making evidence-based decisions in their roles, and discuss what they think the latest data science trends in higher ed will be. 

ASC members will have an opportunity to ask questions during a panel Q&A after the talks and, as usual, feel free to stay to mix and mingle at the end. Here is the agenda for the event:

2:00pm – 2:05pm

Welcome from Erin Driver-Linn, Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Director of HILT

2:05pm – 3:05pm

Invited speaker presentations:

  • Judith Singer, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, James Bryant Conant Professor of Education
  • Matthew Miller, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Lecturer on Education
  • Xiao-Li Meng, Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Whipple V. N. Jones Professor of Statistics

3:05pm – 3:15pm

Speaker panel Q&A

3:15pm – 3:45pm

Mix and mingle

Light refreshments will be provided. The room has limited capacity, so, please, RSVP at your earliest convenience.

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