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Data Close to Practice

Data Close to Practice

Diagram showing Student Success divided into four sections: Inquiry, Evidence, Action, and Equity NOVA is moving from data to information to action with a College-wide data coaching model designed to bring data to practitioners to influence frontline, data-driven decisions.

Program Overview

Data Close to Practice is a data coaching model developed in support of NOVA’s commitment to equity and evidence-based decision making. By building a collaborative partnership between OIR and campus-/unit-based practitioners, the program improves access to data while empowering frontline faculty and staff to use data to inform practices, policies, and programs. Through a sustained, multi-year focus on data access and literacy, the program helps NOVA practitioners to build a culture of data inquiry and evidence-based decision making. These efforts will support the College-wide goal of identifying and closing equity gaps and moving the needle on student success.

To learn more about the program, click the link below to view the video:

Ensemble Video Portal: Video (nvcc.edu)

Program Goals

  • Support a cross-functional, campus- and unit-based, team-led process
  • Improve data literacy at all levels of the College
  • Democratize data by reducing barriers to access and providing data directly to practitioners
  • Foster a culture of data inquiry and evidence by empowering practitioners to access, understand, and use data on their own
  • Advocate for, host, and lead collaborative, collegial, and courageous data-driven discussions
  • Employ data to lead and affect cultural and institutional transformation
  • Identify equity gaps in student success outcomes
  • Identify practices, policies, and programs to close equity gaps and help every student succeed

2021-2022 Data Coaches

Data Coach Campus/Unit/Pathway
Anita Dubey Medical Education Campus
Academic Affairs
General Studies Pathway
Health Sciences Pathway
Nursing Pathway
Diana Bharucha Manassas Campus
Student Services
Business Pathway
Life Sciences Pathway
Oliver Brearey Alexandria Campus
Woodbridge Campus
Liberal Arts & Communications Pathway
Education & Public Service Pathway
Visual, Performing & Media Arts Pathway
Computer Science & Information Technologies Pathway
Mathematics Pathway
Smriti Ingrole Annandale Campus
Loudoun Campus
Engineering & Applied Technologies Pathway
English & ASL Pathway
Physical Sciences Pathway
Social Sciences Pathway