Virginia Commonwealth University uses various complex information systems to conduct its business operations and academic affairs. These systems consist of large administrative Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems as well as a wide spectrum of educational and business-specific systems (Student Housing, Sponsored Research Administration, Development and Alumni Relations, etc.). The institutional data within these systems and institutional information that is derived from these systems are strategic assets of the university.
In support of VCU's mission and strategic goals, it is imperative that the Data and Information Management Council (DIMC) be created to implement the following goals:
DIMC as a council is made up of a steering committee and task groups.
DIMC will be directed by a Steering Committee who are granted the authority to make decisions on all aspects of institutional data and information management. The Steering Committee is accountable to the President, the Board of Visitors, and the President's Cabinet. The Steering Committee will serve with this authority while balancing the shared governance principles. They will set strategy and oversee data and information management program initiatives. This includes but is not limited to the creation of new data management processes, policies, and standards; changes to existing data management processes, policies, and standards; resolution of any data issues; and change management.
The DIMC steering committee will include two co-chairs specifically from senior leadership in Institutional Research and Information Technology areas. The co-chairs will hold each other accountable for the smooth functioning of DIMC and progress toward stated goals. The co-chairs will minimally provide a yearly update report to the university's executive leadership and the Board of Visitors Audit Integrity and Compliance group that reviews the program's progress for the current academic year and sets priority initiatives for the coming academic year.
DIMC also consists of task groups who are appointed by the Steering Committee in collaboration with respective area leaders to carry out specific initiatives. The Steering Committee will create task groups as needed to implement the program initiatives which meet the purpose and goals identified in this charter.
All DIMC members are expected to maintain the highest degree of respect, integrity, and stewardship at all times. All DIMC members are expected to take special care in making recommendations to ensure consistency with university policies, goals, and values including those policies outside of their areas of expertise.
DIMC Steering Committee members reflect appointments from the President or Cabinet members. The steering committee members may recommend additional steering committee appointments from administrative business units, academic business units, or IT representatives who are knowledge experts in the utilization of data/information.
In the interest of continuity, steering committee members will serve until amenable to their respective unit priorities. Replacements will be recommended by the steering committee members.
Membership changes are considered a major decision and therefore require approval through the standard approval process conducted at Steering Committee meetings.
The steering committee meetings will be scheduled by the co-chairs or designated proxies.
Approval for initiatives and any major decisions will be reached through a majority vote that seeks a minimum majority among the number of council members present in a properly called meeting where quorum (two-thirds) is present. Each voting member of the steering committee shall be entitled to one (1) vote either at the meeting or through electronic form. Proxies for voting are not permitted.
Associate Vice Provost
Institutional Research and Decision Support
Chief Information Officer
Associate Vice President
The Office of the Vice President of Health Sciences: Academic Operations
Cathleen C. Burke
Assistant Vice President
Chief Information Security Officer
Konjit Y. Chitty
Director of HR Technology Services, Metrics and Process Improvement
Senior Executive Director, Research Information Systems
Office of Research and Innovation
Director of planning and operational technology
Strategic Enrollment Management
Director of DAR Information Systems
Development and Alumni Relations
Jacqueline L. Kniska
University Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer
Audit and Compliance Services
|Karen Lamb||Director, Financial Systems||Financial Reporting, University Controller's Office|
|John Leonard||Executive Associate Dean Finance and Administration||Dean's Office Engineering|