Data governance standardizes for an institution how data is defined, produced, used, stored, and destroyed. These standards enable and enhance organizational effectiveness and data-informed decisions.

At Ball State University, data governance is guided by a framework and managed by the Management Information and Data Analytics Strategy (MIDAS). Comprised of two committees, MIDAS is led by representatives of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, the Chief Strategy Officer, and Information Technology.

Data Governance Framework

In order to achieve a strong data environment, a framework was established by a series of documents to guide how data governance is managed by MIDAS.

These documents include:

MIDAS Committees

MIDAS Steering Committee

MIDAS Steering Committee

The MIDAS Steering Committee provides oversight and guidance to the MIDAS Data Group to ensure the creation of a robust data and analytics environment that enables actionable insight by University decision-makers to support strategic decision-making and student success.


Committee Members

MIDAS Data Group

The MIDAS Data Group works to create a robust data environment that supports strategic decision making and student success. The MIDAS Data Group meets biweekly to work toward reaching four key goals:

  1. Assessment
  2. Description of desired state
  3. Data literacy training and internal consulting
  4. Implementation of the desired state

View Meeting Agendas View Meeting Minutes

Committee Members

  • Todd Meister, Co-Chair, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Enterprise Architect
  • Bryan Fortriede, Information Specialist for Student Affairs and Enrollment Services
  • Kate Stoss, Senior Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Tarek Mahfouz, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Operations and Professor of Construction Management
  • Mike Costello, Associate Director of Systems Technology
  • Zachariah Mickler, Senior Director of University Budget Administration
  • Steve Reed, Senior Systems Specialist for Academic Affairs
  • Erin Mason, Registrar
  • Laura Means, Senior Project Manager and Enterprise Systems Analyst
  • Cole Heady, Data Quality and Governance Analyst
  • Alex Kluber, Senior Data and Decision Analyst
  • Dennis Masigwa, SQL Developer
  • David Clark, Associate Director of Financial Aid Operations
  • Alex Barrett, Associate Director of Undergraduate CRM