Many of your CEOs have received a solicitation to participate in a survey on
data warehousing which implies that EDUCAUSE sanctioned the effort. Peter
DeBlois message below clarifies this. We hope this minimizes any confusion.
CIO Constituent Group Leader
From: Peter B. DeBlois
Sent: Tuesday, June 14, 2005 11:57 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: RE: [DS] Data Warehousing Survey Announcement
I am writing to clarify any misconceptions that may have occurred
regarding EDUCAUSE and the survey announcement sent to this group by
David Heise yesterday. We have received complaints and messages of
concern regarding whether this activity is an official request from
EDUCAUSE. It is not. EDUCAUSE has not sanctioned or supported this
survey, provided contact information, or approved its research design
and approach of direct appeal to institutional CEOs.
As stated, Mr. Heise is pursuing doctoral research and a disclaimer
clarifying the EDUCAUSE role was erroneously omitted from his message to
this list. Decision Support/Data Warehousing group leader Betsy Blythe
and EDUCAUSE staff discussed the request to bring the survey to the
list's attention, and it was agreed that there was relevance for this
community. We also agreed that the results would be of interest on the
group Web page <www.educause.edu/groups/ds> when they are available.
Should you have further questions or concerns, please contact me
directly <[log in to unmask]>. Also, please remember that use of the
reply function of your e-mail application will direct your message to
Peter B. DeBlois
Director of Communications and Publishing
4772 Walnut Street, Suite 206
Boulder, CO 80301
(303) 544-5665 / (303) 449-4430
(303) 440-0461 (FAX)
EDUCAUSE 2005, October 18-21, 2005, Orlando
From: David Heise [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Monday, June 13, 2005 7:40 AM
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: [DS] Data Warehousing Survey Announcement
Dear Data Warehousing Colleagues,
During the last week, I have written to the Presidents/Chancellors of
your institutions asking for their help in a study into the use of data
warehousing in higher education. Because of your membership on the
EDUCAUSE Decision Support/Data Warehousing listserv or your
participation in other data warehousing activities, I am hoping that
questions asked in the survey are ones you also are wanting answers to,
and that you will encourage participation in the survey by your
You may already have been asked to comment on the email I sent to your
President, but if not, would you make inquiries to make sure it has not
gotten lost in Inbox overload? And I hope that this email is not
contributing to your email overload by delivering multiple copies of
itself to you.
I know there are simply not enough hours in the day to be answering
surveys, but I believe in the value of this research, and I would very
much appreciate your support for having your institution participate in
the study. I expect to be in a position to start sending out the actual
survey instructions with login details during the last week of June.
I have appended a copy of the email that I sent out last week for your
information, explaining the process I am following, and giving links to
further information about the survey itself.
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Dear <President Name>,
I am writing to ask for your help in a study into the use of data
warehousing in higher education.
Data warehousing has established itself as an invaluable tool for
informing decision making at all levels of management in an
organization. The adoption of data warehousing in higher education has
been slower than in the business world, and very little research has
been done into how it is used and how decision making might be impacted.
This study will yield valuable information into the way data warehousing
is used in higher education and its success or otherwise in assisting
The study itself is in the form of a web-based survey, and is designed
to be taken by senior administrators from colleges and universities
throughout the United States as well as by those who lead Institutional
Research, Information Technology, and the Data Warehousing project where
What I am seeking from you at this stage is your willingness to include
your institution as one of the participants in this research. I want to
include responses from the following groups of people (titles may vary):
* President, Vice-Presidents, Provosts, etc
* Director of Institutional Research
* CIO / Director of IT
* Director / Manager of Data Warehousing
To acknowledge your willingness to be a part of this research, would you
kindly arrange for the following contact details for the officers I have
listed above to be emailed to me? (Please refer this email to the
office where such matters are normally handled.)
* Prefix/Title, First Name, Last Name, Suffix
* Email Address
The study forms part of the requirements for a PhD from Andrews
University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. All answers given in the
survey will be completely confidential in accordance with the processes
of the Internal Review Board of Andrews University. No names will be
reported in any publication or presentation arising from this research.
Survey results will be reported in aggregate form only and not by
individual respondent or institution. For an overview of the survey and
a 'printout' of the questions, as well as my IRB Application and the IRB
Approval letter, visit my research home page at
The results will be made available through the EDUCAUSE web site on the
home page for the Decision Support and Data Warehousing Constituent
/967). Note that this placement of a link to my research results on an
EDUCAUSE Constituent Group web page does not imply EDUCAUSE endorsement.
Participation in the survey is voluntary, but the results will be
valuable to many institutions. Would you please forward this email to
the person or department normally responsible for processing survey
requests, with your support for having your institution join the study?
As a token of appreciation, I will provide copies of the aggregated
results and analysis to institutions that participate in the study.
If you have any questions or comments about the study or the survey
process itself, please email me at [log in to unmask]
Thank you in anticipation for your help with this important study.
David Heise email: [log in to unmask]
Andrews University phone: +61 (2) 4977-2148
http://dheise.andrews.edu/ cell: +61 (2) 410) 540-934
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