Data Governance at Work

Data are an institutional asset. Quality data along with standard, consistent data definitions, business logic and reporting practices allow for efficient operations as well as strategic decision-making. Data governance allows for the most effective use of this valuable, growing asset. It builds relationships among stakeholders by creating a focus across subject areas that allows for new perspective and vision. Strategic decision-making based upon a common understanding of University data is vital for successful institutional initiatives.

Data Cookbook Continues to Grow

  • Data Cookbook by the Numbers
    • Over 600 users across the university
    • Over 400 definitions
    • Over 200 standard report/dashboard specs
    • Location of Official Seal information
    • Growing number of subject areas
    • Create an account by going to Purdue Data Cookbook and logging in with your career account.
  • Data Quality Projects
    • Official Seal for certified Purdue Data – Task Force
    • Graduate Student Improved Data Reporting Project
    • Org Unit Department Mapping Clean-up project is underway


  • Data Cookbook
    • Graduate School nuances have been added to the definitions. This is now an on-going practice as new definitions are created.
    • Slate - Graduate, 80 definitions have been created and approved
    • Student metadata for the 100+ standard reports, stored in Cognos, was converted into Data Cookbook, awaiting updates from data owners.
  • Standard Reports
    • Graduate fields have been added to four standard reports to date. Going forward this will be an ongoing practice for new/modified reports.
      • Enrollment Summary & List - Census
      • Degrees Conferred
      • Admissions Summary - Graduate Census
      • Consolidated Report of Registered Students
  • Official Seal
    • The certified offical seal has been added to three Data Digest dashboards. Documentation is available in Data Cookbook.
      • Student Enrollment
      • Retention and Graduation Rates
      • Applications, Admits, and Matriculations

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Official Seal List


Retention/Graduation Rates

In Progress:

Degrees Awarded


Sarah Bauer

Sarah Bauer
Institutional Data Governance Program Manager

"Quality, accessible data re:graduate students is critical. Collaboration in definitions, making the data more available and ensuring it is well understood are all part of the data governance partnership between the Graduate School and OIRAE."


OIRAE Implements "Data Cookbook"

Purdue starts data certification program for key reports and dashboards

Success Stories


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