Patrick Perry is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the California State University (CSU) System where he shapes the vision, provides policy direction, and leads the strategies that power the data and technology infrastructure supporting the university’s 23 campuses, 470,000 students and 47,000 employees. Prior to this, he was the CIO of the California Community College (CCC) system and its 113 campuses, 2.5 million students, and over 100,000 employees, where he oversaw the student longitudinal unit-record data collection, institutional research, accountability reporting, and centralized technology functions. In 2010, Perry was selected by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to be one of the fifteen members of the Federal “Committee on Measures of Student Success”, which developed a set of recommendations for the Secretary regarding the accurate calculation and reporting of progress, completion and graduation rates of students at two-year degree-granting institutions.
The California State University and California Community College systems are the largest four- and two-year systems of public higher education in the US, and both generate vast amounts of data on the 3 million students they collectively serve each year. Ten years ago, this data was primarily used for administrative purposes: allocations, apportionment, and required reporting. But the subsequent focus on student success versus time in seat dramatically changed the use of this data; its value as a source of research knowledge and the basis for making data driven policy decisions skyrocketed. Come hear the Hollywood script of how some of the most prominent work in educational research and performance accountability has occurred in support of these two systems graduation initiatives.