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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 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?! DSAC 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