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Data Governance

Data Governance is the comprehensive management of the integrity, security, availability, and usability of the data within the institution.  Data Governance consists of data policies, processes, rules, and regulations that guide the institution on how to collect, store, manage data, and safeguard access to the data to facilitate reliable business decisions and lead the institution toward success.

A data governance program seeks to identify what data currently exist or need to exist in the future, and it helps identify disparate data silos on campus. This program will define roles and responsibility for managing data and assign accountability to specific groups or individuals within the institution through a strong data stewardship model.

Good Data Governance Leads Good Institutional Governance

  • It is clear who owns what.
  • The proper individuals are accessing the correct data.
  • The data is high quality.
  • The data is secure.

  • Information is reliable.
  • Individuals are making informed decisions.
  • Clearer insights are driving greater innovation.
  • The future is secure.

The University System of Georgia requires every public university to implement a Data Governance structure.  There are 4 roles in data governance:

  • Data Owner: the President;
  • Data Trustees: University Vice Presidents and others as appointed by the President;
  • Data Stewards: Appointed by the trustees, such as your director/manager is a likely steward; and,
  • Data User: You and everyone else, including the President.

A Data Governance Committee is responsible for defining, implementing, and managing policies and procedures for data governance.  Data Trustees are members of the Data Governance Committee.

Governance Framework

Forming a framework of committees to create and execute policy, procedure, and best practices across the institution.

21.0 Data Governance

Forming a framework of committees to create and execute policy, procedure, and best practices across the institution.

Data Management

Documenting the data systems and elements that are important to the institution while creating measures to ensure appropriate availability, quality, and retention of assets.


Establishing preventative measures to protect systems and information from unauthorized access, compromise, or attack.


Ensuring active measures are in place to train, monitor, and audit ongoing compliance of the Institution, Board of Regents, State, Federal, and International regulations.