TO:           Vice Presidents, Vice Provosts, Chancellors, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices

FROM:     Brent Drake, Chief Data Officer

DATE:      April 7, 2014

Subject:    Data Dictionary available for consistent reporting

To bring consistency to Purdue's data collection efforts, the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness has led a system-wide effort to create an authoritative list of official data definitions to be used by faculty and staff on campus.

The result is the Purdue Data Dictionary, which can be found at

The Data Dictionary was developed over the past two months with input from many individuals across campus, including representatives from faculty, the regional campuses, Human Resources, University Development, the Office of Budget and Fiscal Planning, the Registrar's Office, the Office of Enrollment Management, the Office of Institutional research, and University data stewards.

A University committee will review the definitions quarterly to ensure that the definitions remain current. Anyone with comments or suggested changes can submit those to a committee member or directly to Drake.

Current committee members are: