Data Oversight Group (DOG)

The Walla Walla Community College (WWCC) Data Oversight Group (DOG) is the data governance body of the college and tasked with helping assure the integrity and accuracy of the college’s data and data systems. DOG promotes communication among data users on campus, develops guidelines for system and data use, and assists in promoting a culture of evidence at WWCC. DOG also acts as a consultative body for issues of data interpretation and coding on campus and liaises with the Data Governance Committee (DGC) at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC).

Data Governance is an emerging discipline that combines data management, data quality, and data policies through a system of decision rights. It is not a one-time effort but requires ongoing monitoring to promote continuous improvement. It deals primarily with orchestrating and standardizing the efforts of people and processes to optimize outcomes around data assets, enhancing their integrity and quality.

DOG works at the local college level in coordination with the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) Data Governance Committee (DGC).


DOG Membership & Data Stewards

Definition of a Data Steward: A Data Steward is a Walla Walla Community College employee with overall responsibility for a portion of the College’s data, data systems, and/or reporting. Data Stewards may make data within their area of responsibility available to others to support office or department functions. The following is representative of the college’s functional data areas and the positions that hold authority over those areas.

Data Type or Function Position or Area
Research & Reporting  Office of Planning, Research & Assessment
Technical Access  Programmer/DBA/Data Architect
Technical Security Policy  Dir., Technology Services
eLearning  Dir., eLearning
Student  Registrar
Student Development & Advising Dir., Advising and Counseling
Financial Aid  Dir., Financial Aid
Financial  Dir., Budget & Accounting
Personnel  VP, Human Resources
Course & Instructional VP, Instruction

Data Stewards make up the membership of the Data Oversight Group (DOG), though designees may serve in their place on a case-by-case basis. Occasionally, employees not identified above may also be asked to serve on DOG if the group should deem it necessary to do so.


Data Oversight Group Current Membership

Data Type or Function Position or Area  Individual (designee)
Research & Reporting Exec. Dir., Institutional Effectiveness Nick Velluzzi
Research & Reporting Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research & Assessment Joshua Slepin (chair)
Technical Access Programmer/DBA/Data Architect Jack Carico
Technical Security Policy Dir., Technology Services Kevin Combs
eLearning Dir., eLearning Lisa Chamberlin
Student Acting Registrar Erika Bockmann
Student Development & Advising Dir., Advising and Counseling Tessa Kimball
Financial Aid Dir., Financial Aid Danielle Hodgen
Financial Dir., Budget & Accounting Sue Willis
Personnel VP, Human Resources Sherry Hartford
Course & Instructional VP Instruction Chad Hickox
PeopleSoft Conversion ctcLink/PeopleSoft/Change Mgmt Vacant

To contact DOG members, please use the WWCC Directory to find individual contact information.