Data Jedi Council and F.O.R.C.E. Planning

The Data Jedi Council was born from the Achieving the Dream Data team in Spring 2014 with the mission to grow NWTC’s culture of evidence and to more deeply embed principles of rigorous formative and summative evaluation into the daily practice of staff and faculty. 

One of the issues that the Data Jedi addressed immediately was the need for greater organization in the College’s data and reporting infrastructure.  NWTC has an impressive scope and amount of quantitative and qualitative reports available to faculty and staff on the College intranet site, but these resources historically have been scattered and underutilized.  Launched in August 2015, the DataMine repository was created so reports are now centralized, grouped according to use, and provide greater context.   In early 2017, a sub-team began working to create an electronic intake form to help teams provide context for their data before new data is added to the DataMine.  The intake form includes necessary data definitions, expiration dates for reports, and all sources used.

The F.O.R.C.E.  (Focus on Outcomes, Results, Collection, and Evaluation) planning process was unveiled in summer 2015, and 99% of full-time faculty and 100% of Learning leadership have already integrated the F.O.R.C.E. process and documentation into regular student success work.  Faculty members in the Teaching Methods 2.0 course are also using the F.O.R.C.E. document to create changes in their personal teaching styles. Since Spring 2016, Data Jedi have been teaching an online version of Data and Evidence Analysis for part-time instructors that features the F.O.R.C.E. document as their main course project for demonstrating competency in data and evidence.  Since January 1, 2016, 65 instructors have been trained using this document. The Wisconsin Technical College System was so impressed with NWTC’s course that two Data Jedi developed a modified course that includes the F.O.R.C.E. document for instructors state-wide. In addition, a cross divisional team of Jedi from support services and faculty presented at the St. Petersburg College Moving the Needle Conference on efforts to improve the culture of data and evidence using examples of real time data reporting and faculty use of the F.O.R.C.E. to improve student success.

Non-faculty staff and part-time faculty began training in October 2015. The process has been so successful in aiding the formulation of new student success initiatives and/or the enhanced evaluation and documentation of existing efforts that the annual strategic planning process for all staff and faculty teams for the 2016-2017 academic year now includes using the F.O.R.C.E. as a formal requirement. In addition, President Rafn modified the F.O.R.C.E. document slightly to include a budget component, and College leadership requested that teams use the document as part of a new budgeting process for Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019. The Data Jedi are currently working to create an electronic version of the F.O.R.C.E. so that the information entered by teams can be searchable and shared across divisions.

College teams have been requesting assistance from the Data Jedi to explore topics related to student success and campus climate and gather real-time feedback from students. The Data Jedi document the methodology, process, analysis, unintended results, recommendations, and questions for further discussion into reports for the project teams. Data Jedi are currently planning focus groups with students to ensure that questions are asked in a way that makes sense to them.

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