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UNC School of Medicine Data Governance

UNC SOM’s institutional data related to medical student education are a vital asset. They are essential for continuous quality improvement of our educational programs and provide evidence we are achieving our programmatic goals. The Data Governance Board (DGB) is an advisory committee created to promote and support the effective use of academic data at the School of Medicine. The DGB will provide oversight to ensure data quality, security, and integrity of the UNC SOM academic data. The DGB will provide guidance for the prioritization of resources in data governance, as well as review planned and ongoing data governance projects.

Why Data Governance?

There is increasing demand for data and analysis for educational scholarship and decision-making at all levels of our organizational structure. This is especially true as data structures evolve and enterprise resource planning systems are replaced and new systems are implemented.

Data governance can help us manage data assets in a thoughtful, collaborative manner through an institutional lens. The UNC SOM’s data governance groups are responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive data and analysis strategy. The ultimate goal is creating and fostering a best-in-class environment for data management, architecture and institutional analysis.


The scope includes academic data on all of UNC SOM’s campuses. It excludes patient data.


The latest configuration of data governance began in the fall of 2019 and is designed to be ongoing, with committee membership reviewed and updated annually.


UNC SOM’s data governance works in conjunction with UNC as a whole. Responsible parties will incorporate perspectives of executive leadership, academic schools and colleges, faculty, student government and a range of data owners. They will embrace productive conflict, invite intellectually diverse perspectives and encourage learning and evolution.