GO: Developing Data Literate Students

Monday, September 3, 2018

data literacy


As the fall semester moves into high-gear, a lot is happening around campus. There are quite a few updates you need to be aware of, including the new data literacy requirement, Banner 9 upgrade, Engage Conference, and Majors Fair. In particular, your input on the data literacy requirement will be greatly appreciated.

Data Literacy Requirement: Last week, the Terry College of Business hosted PricewaterhouseCoopers for a data analytics panel. The topic was timely, as it emphasized the need for greater emphasis on data literacy in our curriculum. As you may already know, a faculty committee has been working to develop a data literacy requirement for our curriculum. An initial draft (PDF) (PDF) was shared with the University Curriculum Committee last week.

modern literacy typesThe draft proposal highlights the importance of data literacy in today’s data-driven society and goes beyond what you may typically think of as data. In fact, it attempts to capture a range of ideas including digital, computational, statistical, scientific, information and media literacies.

The draft proposal also outlines student learning outcomes that include the ability to define data and using critical thinking skills to interpret, apply and communicate that data. I invite you to take a look at the proposal and provide feedback to this committee. You can provide feedback by sending an email to Dr. Vencill.

The committee plans to make a final recommendation later this fall (Oct. 19th UCC meeting) for final review and approval. Your input will greatly help in designing and implementing this update to our curricular requirement.

Banner 9 Upgrade: In other news—some of you may have received an announcement about an upgrade to our current student information system (Banner). In late October, Banner INB administrative users will notice a new fresh look and feel with the implementation of Banner 9. This upgrade will provide improved accessibility on mobile devices with a modern, intuitive user experience.

There will be no data or functional changes to Banner, and although the Banner forms will look different, they will contain the same information and data currently displayed. You can keep up to date about the upgrade on the ConnectUGA website. Also, be on the lookout for upcoming training dates and times with UGA’s Training and Development.

Engage! Conference: Another exciting event is the 2018 Engage! Conference scheduled for Sept. 14th at the Tate Center. This annual event, sponsored by our campus partners in Student Affairs, is a great opportunity to learn more about student success efforts and can be helpful to faculty, advisors and staff who work with students. The keynote speaker is Jean Twenge, one of the leading researchers on generational differences, and author of iGen: Why Today's Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood—and What That Means for the Rest of Us. More information about Dr. Twenge’s keynote, conference registration details, and a list of program offerings, is available at engageconference.uga.edu

Majors Fair: Finally, don’t miss out on the Discovery Showcase Majors Fair on Sept. 11th from 10:30-2:30. If you teach or advise students, please encourage them to attend this event, especially if they are uncertain of their majors or want to change majors. And if your program has not registered for this event, you have until this Friday to register. Please use the link on our Majors Fair page to register. It’s a great opportunity to promote your degree programs and let students know about minors, certificate programs and Double Dawgs Pathway programs. The Exploratory Center will be on hand to help students needing a little extra guidance toward a major or direction in business and journalism majors.

If you have any questions about the Discovery Showcase Majors Fair, or any suggestions about how we can improve the student academic experience, please let me know at ovpi@uga.edu.



Rahul Shrivastav
Vice President for Instruction