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What is data governance?

November 13, 2019

How Can You Protect Your Organization's Data?

Today, many organizations now recognize data as a critical strategic asset that must be governed and managed accordingly.

Smart organizations are now developing a data governance system that manages the planning, monitoring and enforcement of data assets. Data governance oversees how your organization’s data is being managed and used and how it is being protected and secured to prevent data breaches. It protects the privacy of your customers and ensures your organization is using quality data. It involves setting up the framework and guidelines to access and use data and ensures your organization is in compliance with laws that govern data.

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Why data governance is needed in a tech-forward world

“Data governance is an essential part of every business intelligence and analytics program,” says Anton Ames, instructor for the Data Governance course at Creighton University. A data governance course is part of the online Master of Science in Analytics degree at Creighton University Heider College of Business. “We offer a very well-rounded business analytics degree that will provide you with all of the critical skills and knowledge you need to develop and protect your organization’s data intelligence program and use the data ethically, effectively and strategically,” says Ames.

Many organizations establish a data governance council that includes stewards and committees that help manage data governance. ”When it comes to business intelligence, if you want to be a data-driven organization, you need to know that your data is high quality and accurate,” says Ames. “When organizations do not have a good data governance system, you are more likely to run across messy and inaccurate data that is at greater risk for breaches.”

“The data governance course is part of our cutting edge curriculum that is going to prepare you for the job of tomorrow and five years down the road,” says Ravi Nath, PhD, Chair, Department of Business Intelligence & Analytics at Creighton University Heider College of Business. “Companies worldwide are creating new jobs in all areas of data analytics. It is very much in demand and will continue to grow as we are just starting to scrape the surface when it comes to using big data and maintaining its security. This degree will give you a great foundation that will enable you to move up and become an expert and leader in this field.”

Is a Data Analytics degree from Creighton right for you?

The online data analytics degree program at Creighton University focuses on four major components: capturing data, organizing data, analyzing data and communicating data. Several of the courses are “floating” courses, such as data governance, which allows you to tailor the program to fit your goals and needs. These courses change to keep up with changing technology and trends in the field.

The Creighton masters in analytics online program features small class sizes of about 15 students. Online activities are designed to engage students and often include group or team projects. All data analytics courses are taught by PhDs, most of whom have had real life experience in the field. Classes provide a great deal of interaction with faculty who are extremely accessible to students at all times. The online format is ideal for working professionals, allowing you to complete your coursework on your time and at your pace.

If a two-year program just isn’t doable for you, Creighton’s business school also offers a data analytics certification called the Business Analytics Graduate Certificate. The certificate program will arm you with the core concepts behind business analytics in less than one year. You will use real-world data sets to hone your skills in managing and analyzing critical data and learn how to communicate your results to key decision makers in an organization.

“During your graduate studies at Creighton, you will also develop valuable relationships with other professional students and you will have access to Creighton’s alumni network that spans across the country,” says Navi. “These connections will help you in securing a job and in advancing more quickly in your career.”

an accredited, nationally recognized program

Creighton University’s Master of Science in Analytics program holds accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Creighton University also has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928. Accreditation is one of the most important ways that demonstrates Creighton University commitment to quality.

Creighton is proud to have earned several top 20 rankings for its online graduation programs in the 2019 US News & World Report surveys. These rankings are based on engagement by instructors; aptitude of students enrolled in the program; expert opinion from high-ranking academic officials at MBA programs; faculty credentials and training; and the availability of diverse learning technologies and other student services.

These rankings include:

  • 20th in Best Online Graduate Business Program;
  • 16th in Best Online Graduate Education Programs