EDUCAUSE Data Literacy Institute

January 22–March 15, 2024

The EDUCAUSE Data Literacy Institute is designed to empower higher education professionals to use, leverage and communicate with data. This institute provides foundational knowledge needed to facilitate effective data-informed decision-making. Participants will get a comprehensive view into the information lifecycle and hands-on practice with each step from data discovery and evaluation to leading and influencing change through data storytelling.

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This institute is designed specifically for higher education professionals who are working with, leveraging, and communicating with data to inform decision-making, including, but not limited to

  • Information technology professionals
  • Teaching and learning professionals, including faculty members
  • Student success professionals
  • Information security professionals
  • Higher education leaders and practitioners seeking to leverage data into action

**NOTE: A data analysis background and/or prior experience working with data is not required or needed to be successful in this institute.

  • Program Dates

    Program Dates

    January 22–March 15, 2024

  • Duration


      8 weeks

  • Time Commitment

    Time Commitment

    4-5 hours per week

  • Who Should Attend

    Who Should Attend?

    Higher education professionals who are working with, leveraging, and communicating with data to inform decision-making.

  • Program Delivery

    Program Delivery

    (synchronous and asynchronous)

  • Credential


    Successful completers receive the Data Literacy Institute digital microcredential.


About Attending This Institute

All EDUCAUSE Institutes are built around the following core themes, which you’ll learn more about: diversity, equity, and inclusion, student success, and digital transformation.

This intensive, eight-week institute engages participants in interactive live sessions, offers small, applied team projects designed to support networking and learning, and provides coaching with the faculty. We ask that participants actively plan the time they will spend on the institute each week, even on a daily basis. Each competency below is delivered with diverse learning materials, resources, activities, and capstone projects in support of in-depth learning, immediate application, and networking.

Institute Competencies:

  • Data Foundations
  • Data Discovery
  • Data Evaluation
  • Data Handling
  • Data Storytelling

View each competency’s learning outcomes on the Agenda page.

Weekly Meetings

Once a week, we will hold a live, synchronous online meeting to discuss resources, activities, and projects. These meetings will be a combination of short talks, discussion, and opportunities for questions. See the full meeting schedule on the Agenda page.

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Learners are expected to dedicate approximately 4-5 hours per week (synchronous and asynchronous) to have an engaged and successful learning experience.

Coaching and Mentoring Opportunities

You have the opportunity to receive coaching from the faculty during the course. View the faculty→

All EDUCAUSE members can receive mentoring from an experienced leader from the higher education community, or be a mentor themselves, via EDUCAUSE’s Mentoring Program.

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  • Key Dates

    Sep 5

    Registration Open

    Registration will open in September 2023.

    Jan 22

    Institute Begins

    The Data Literacy Institute begins on January 22, 2024.

    Mar 15

    Institute Ends

    The Data Literacy Institute concludes on March 15, 2024.