Tanisha Arrington, PhD, and Damian Torres, MEd, have been named as members of the founding cohort for a new Data Equity Fellowship through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).
Dr. Arrington is HSC Executive Director of Planning and Decision Support, and Dr. Torres is HSC Executive Director of Student Engagement and Experience.
The 12-month Data Equity Fellowship prepares higher education leaders to advance their institution’s mission fulfillment and equity initiatives through data-informed approaches to assessment, reflection and planning.
The fellowship brings together faculty, staff and administrators from different higher education institutions who identify as data- or equity-focused, to collaborate on a meaningful, data-informed project to improve equitable outcomes.
The fellowship’s approach is unique in that it bridges data and equity roles with a strong focus on cross-collaboration among responsibilities, departments, units and functional areas.
The program focuses on using agile methods for institutional transformation; planning for sustainability and scalability; facilitation by national experts; and active community engagement. Fellows will work in small teams to produce a final project advancing their institution’s mission-aligned goals and strategic plan for improving equitable outcomes.
SACSCOC is the accrediting body for degree-granting higher education institutions in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Latin America and certain international sites.
NWCCU is the accrediting body for degree-granting higher education institutions in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, British Columbia and other domestic and international locations.