Data & Decisions Academy

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Data & Decisions® Academy courses provide self-paced, online professional development for early career professionals in higher education who collect, analyze, or communicate data and information in support of institutional effectiveness. Academy courses build institutional research (IR) skills needed to support data-informed decision making.

Over 800 institutional research professionals have completed at least one​ Data & Decisions Academy course, with over 70% completing two or more. Completers are located in 48 U.S. states and 12 countries around the world.​

Initial funding for the Data and Decisions Academy was made possible by a $1.92 million grant from Lumina Foundation for Education.


The Data and Decisions Academy is a series of online, self-paced courses designed for community college IR professionals. With an investment of approximately 25 hours, participants can complete an entire course and obtain a broader knowledge base of IR competencies.


Mentors are an integral part of the Data and Decisions Academy. They answer course-specific questions and provide feedback on completed exercises. Mentors are full-time institutional research professionals who understand the importance of practical, on-the-job training and are ready to help participants learn new skills.


The Academy offers seven, mentor-supported courses. Each course includes a series of papers, videos, exercises, and assessments on each core topic. Courses require approximately 25 hours of study time over a seven-week period:

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Upcoming Course Dates:

September 3 - October 22
October 1 - November 19
November 5 - December 24



Each spring, the Academy invites presidents of 2-year institutions to nominate a staff member who can receive a scholarship for completion of two online, self-paced individual courses. Presidential Scholarships are specifically designed for early career professionals at 2-year institutions.

Scholarships cover $600 toward two courses. The remaining institutional commitment is $800.

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 Phone: 850-385-4155