UNCW IT Governance & Data Governance

Data Governance:

Data Governance flowchart

Data Governance Committee (DGC)

The DGC oversees the data governance initiatives aligned with the core objectives as outlined in the program charter. The DGC is an inter-divisional group responsible for overseeing data governance strategy, policy, risk management, and data management, ensuring engagement across the institution, and promoting a culture that embraces the responsible use of data and resources to achieve institutional goals. 

The work of the committee helps to ensure a cost-effective, transparent, and strategic approach to data-driven decision-making in support of the institution’s mission and priorities. As the committee co-chairs, the Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Planning and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) are primarily responsible for reaching consensus, reporting, and implementing committee recommendations.


The DGC’s authority is to make decisions on all aspects of data governance for the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). DGC membership is determined by the Data Trustees and DGC committee chairs, and accountable to the Data Governance Executive Sponsors and Chancellor.

More information

More information can be found at UNCW Data Governance

  • Data Classification
  • DGC Committee Charter
  • DG Program Charter
  • DG Responsibilities by Roles

IT Governance:

IT Governance flowchart

Establishment and Authority 

University of North Carolina (UNC) System Policy 1400.1, Information Technology Governance, delegates and allocates authorities and responsibilities concerning information technology (IT) governance within the University of North Carolina System. Under this policy, the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) Chancellor has designated the Associate Vice Chancellor of Information Technology Services and Chief Information Officer (CIO) as responsible for oversight and implementation of the campus information technology governance program at UNCW (UNC System Policy 1400.1, Section IV). 

This charter defines the information technology governance framework, model, and operating principles for UNCW in accordance with UNC System Policy 1400.1 and guidance provided by the UNC System. 


Consistent with the language of the Information Technology Governance policy (UNC System Policy 1400.1), the purpose of the UNCW information technology (IT) governance program is to:  

  • Establish technology prioritization and investment in alignment with the UNCW Strategic Plan.  
  • Ensure effective, consistent, and transparent governance and management of information technology across UNCW through the creation of institution-wide policies, standards, guidelines, and procedures. 
  • Operate within known and acceptable levels of institutional technology risk through the creation of a formal structure and framework for IT governance processes. 

 Through collaboration and transparency, the UNCW IT governance program allows UNCW Information Technology Services (ITS) and campus technology units to support the most important initiatives of UNCW while improving technology operations across campus. This shared governance model allows all campus IT operations to comprehensively support transformational initiatives that are technologically sustainable and that promote efficiency.  


The UNCW IT governance program is guided by the following principles:  

  • Align technology decisions, project prioritization, and resources across UNCW. 
  • Promote a culture of innovation to enhance learning experiences, educational programs, research, and scholarly activities. 
  • Operate transparently and empower data-driven decision-making across UNCW. 
  • Reduce institutional risk by providing consistent, comprehensive, and current standards and practices.   
  • Grow collaboration with external organizations that provide benefits to UNCW. 
  • Leverage the buying power of the UNC System.