Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum
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The Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum is a network of higher education colleagues dedicated to promoting the sharing of knowledge and best practices regarding knowledge management in colleges and universities, including building data warehouses, developing institutional reporting strategies, and providing decision support.

Who We Are

The HEDW Forum is a group of colleagues working at colleges and universities that includes technical developers and administrators of data access and reporting systems, data custodians, institutional researchers, and consumers of data representing a variety of internal university audiences.


The inception of the HEDW Forum occurred informally during 2003, when a small group of product-specific colleagues from higher education met to discuss reporting strategies, issues, and potential solutions with regard to reporting and data access. These discussions led to a small forum of about 30 colleagues in October 2003 at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The success and value of the presentations and discussion during the first forum led to a consensus that a second event be coordinated, with a broader, non product-specific audience of higher education peers. Northwestern University hosted the second event in April 2005, and was pleasantly overwhelmed at the extensive interest from a variety of institutions in participating and presenting. A total of approximately 160 participants met during two days of informative presentations, lively discussion, and networking among colleagues from across the organizations of more than 50 institutions. Based on the feedback regarding these two events, it was determined that the forum should be held annually, and that mechanisms should be implemented to encourage and facilitate sharing of best practices on an ongoing basis.


Activities and Resources

Representatives from Information Technology (IT), Institutional Research (IR), and functional/business units at the administrative, academic, and department levels participate and exchange information pertinent to the various stages in the lifecycle of planning, designing, developing, implementing, and managing solutions to support data access and reporting. This is accomplished through: