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Data Sets Collection Policy

The purpose of the data sets collection policy and program is to encourage the appropriate use of data in research. It seeks to assist in developing a library collection with a broader range of data sets available and accessible for use by the Tulane comm

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As part of the process for gaining institutional reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the university is required to develop a Quality Enhancement Project (QEP) that will improve the educational experience for a significant number of students. Data Literacy has been selected as the theme for this project.  A committee of faculty and administrators from across the university, chaired by Kimberly Foster, the dean of our School of Science and Engineering, has begun work that will flesh out this theme into a formal proposal for submission to SACSCOC next fall (Fall 2021).

The committee membership includes:

  • Kimberly Foster, Chair (Dean, Science and Engineering)
  • Jeremy Bock (Associate Professor, Law)
  • Patrick Button (Assistant Professor of Economics, Liberal Arts)
  • Ruth Carlitz (Assistant Professor of Political Science, Liberal Arts)
  • Aron Culotta (Associate Professor of Computer Science, Science and Engineering)
  • Patrice Delafontaine (Executive Dean, Medicine)
  • Brian Edwards (Dean, Liberal Arts)
  • Lisa Fauci (Professor of Mathematics, Science and Engineering)
  • Xianjun Geng (Professor of Management Science, Business)
  • Tonya Hansel (Professor, Social Work)
  • Gary Hoover (Director of the Murphy Institute, and Professor of Economics, Liberal Arts)
  • John Lefante (Professor and Chair of Biostatistics and Data Science, Public Health and Tropical Medicine)
  • Scott McKinley (Associate Professor of Mathematics, Science and Engineering)
  • Jessica Shedd (Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research)
  • Lee Skinner (Dean, Newcomb-Tulane College and Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, Liberal Arts)
  • Kentaro Tsubaki (Associate Professor, Architecture)
  • Chris Watts (Professor of Practice, Teacher Preparation and Certification Programs, Professional Advancement)


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