Data Jedi Council and F.O.R.C.E. Planning

The Data Jedi Council was born from the Achieving the Dream Data team in Spring 2014 with the mission to grow NWTC’s culture of evidence and more deeply embed principles of rigorous formative and summative evaluation into the daily practice of staff and faculty.  One of the issues that the Data Jedi addressed immediately was the need for greater organization in the College’s data and reporting infrastructure.  NWTC has an impressive scope and amount of quantitative and qualitative reports available to faculty and staff on the College intranet site, but these resources historically have been scattered and underutilized.  A subcommittee of Data Jedi consolidated these many resources in an intranet site called the DataMine.  Launched in August 2015, this repository was created so reports are now centralized, grouped according to use, and have greater context.  

Professional development of NWTC employees was also a major focus of the Data Jedi initiative.  In February 2015, the Data Jedi team hosted AtD coach Bruce McComb for a training session with all College leaders and managers.  This session promoted integration of critical evaluation principles like the addition of leading indicators to augment our already strong focus on lagging indicators, the importance of the strategic use of qualitative data, and the power of formative evaluation to promote a continuous improvement culture.  Training was also offered on the best practices in the visual presentation of data and the use of the NWTC DataMine web site. 

Trainings for faculty began with a focus on practical skills in accessing and understanding key data resources, moved next toward a focus on a consistent “data language” and broad understanding of evaluation principles, and has now resulted in a universal process for use of the data resources and principles to facilitate evidence-based continuous improvement. The F.O.R.C.E.  (Focus on Outcomes, Results, Collection, and Evaluation) planning process was unveiled in Summer 2015, and 99% of full-time faculty and 100% of Learning leadership have already integrated the F.O.R.C.E. process and documentation into regular student success work.  Faculty have been responsible throughout the 2015-2016 academic year for implementing the project they planned in this training and following up on the evaluation plan they created, complete with leading and lagging indicators.  Faculty members in the Teaching Methods 2.0 course also used the F.O.R.C.E. document to create changes in their personal teaching styles.

Non-faculty staff and part-time faculty began training in October 2015. The process has been so successful in aiding in the formulation of new student success initiatives and/or the enhanced evaluation and documentation of existing efforts that the annual strategic planning process for all staff and faculty teams for the 2016-2017 academic year now includes using the F.O.R.C.E. as a formal requirement.

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