Data Governance Guiding Principles

COCC Data Governance Principles

Adopted from the Universal Data Governance Principles

The following eight principles are infused in all successful data governance and stewardship programs, projects and processes and help stakeholders come together to resolve data-related challenges. 

Integrity: Be truthful and forthcoming when discussing drivers, constraints, options, and impacts for data-related decisions.

Transparency: Exhibit transparency so that it is clear to all participants and auditors how and when data-related decisions and controls were introduced into data-related processes.

Auditability: Create and maintain auditable data-related decisions, processes, and controls subject to Data Governance; where any such process will be accompanied by documentation to support compliance-based and operational auditing requirements.

Accountability: Define and clarify who is accountable for cross-functional data-related decisions, processes, and controls.

Stewardship: Define and clarify who is accountable for data stewardship activities that are the responsibility of individual or group contributors.

Checks-and-Balances: Introduce checks-and-balances between functional and technical teams as well as between those who create/collect information, those who manage it, those who use it, and those who introduce standards and compliance requirements.

Standardization: Introduce and support standardization of enterprise data.

Change Management: Support proactive and reactive Change Management activities for reference data values and the structure/use of master data and metadata.



The Data Governance Committee (DGC) is excited to announce the second recipients of the “No Dirty Data” Award!  DRUM ROLL… the highly coveted award goes to the…

CourseLeaf Curriculum and On-line Catalog

DSAC Award

Vickery Viles and Erika Carman have revolutionized how the College inventories, manages and displays COCC’s curriculum.  Needless to say, they worked with a team of people but these two were the engine behind the multi-year effort to successfully complete both implementations.  CourseLeaf Curriculum (CIM) is a course inventory and curriculum management platform designed to ensure accuracy across the institutions courses and programs.  CourseLeaf Catalog (CAT) is a catalog management solution designed to deliver an academic catalog website that accurately reflects the institution’s curriculum.

The CourseLeaf projects exemplify many of the Data Governance Principles yet its strength is in introducing Checks & Balances, alignment between multiple functional and technical teams, between those who create/collect information, those who manage it, those who use it, and those who introduce standards and compliance requirements.  It is beautiful.

Check out their excellent work and, when you see them, tell them how amazing they are!

The first “No Dirty Data” Award goes to the COCC Organization Chart developed by JJ Shew, Barry Rogers, Jessie Matsumura (not in photo), and Dan Cecchini

 NDDA 2019

The live, interactive chart represents the College’s organizational hierarchy based in Banner position reporting structure. The same data elements for each position are represented consistently and updated at regular intervals based on data entered and maintained in our Banner ERP system. This project exemplifies the Data Governance Principle Standardization, which introduces and supports standardization of enterprise data.



GUESS WHAT?! DGC is taking nominations for future awards so educate yourself on all eight Data Governance Principles and nominate a project worthy of this award today by sending an email to