The second category of actions is more complex, since it relates to decisions that will need to be made specifically based on each individual institution’s mission, culture and values. It also involves the establishment of an explicit process to determine the position that each institution wants to take in regards to specific issues posed by the collection of data and the deployment of data analytics tools.
It is vital that these debates involve all stakeholders on campus. These debates will be complex and multifaceted, with ethical, legal, economic, and technical dimensions. Many institutions will have scholars and practitioners in these fields right on campus and would be wise to leverage this expertise in structuring the debate. This is very important because there will be diverging views on what the right answers are, but decisions will be more acceptable if reached after using a well-structured approach.