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Vice Provost of Institutional Research
Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Date Posted February 12, 2020
Executive-Academic Vice President and Provost
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

About Drexel

Drexel is a comprehensive global research university ranked among the top 100 in the nation. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, and a major engine for economic development in the region. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary:

The Vice Provost of Institutional Research will oversee and manage the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness (IRAE). The Vice Provost provides leadership in the areas of learning assessment, institutional research, analytics, accreditation, and data reporting that support the University's Strategic Plan and provide decision support to the University's senior leadership. The Vice Provost will be a dual report to the President and the Provost.

The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness at Drexel University is responsible for developing and implementing the practices for institutional research and assessment, planning, and decision support to assist the President, Provost, and other academic officers in all aspects of the academic planning process. It provides reports and data to inform major programmatic, strategic, organizational, and building decisions. It maintains a library of data reports easily accessible by all University administrators to support both short-term, daily managerial decisions, and long range, institutional growth and reimagining decisions as well. Additionally, the IRAE is responsible for the oversight of all externally reported data and the integrity of the processes used to collect and report the data.

This office works effectively with the colleges to collect, organize, and present information on student learning outcomes, student retention patterns, and academic quality. IRAE also works closely with the colleges assisting them in creating and fine-tuning college specific and content specific academic assessment and evaluation projects to continuously improve the academic experience and outcomes for Drexel students. These initiatives apply to all students, both on-site and at network sites and online as well. The IRAE works closely with the Online Learning Council to analyze metrics related to persistence and graduation in online programs and courses and student outcomes and satisfaction in online courses. This office works closely with the Enrollment Management Analytics Group, Academic Information and Systems Group, and the Office of Information Resources and Technology and the Office of Research to coordinate effective use of enterprise system data and support the intelligent mining, analysis, and presentation of data for the most effective use by the community. It also takes the lead in identifying new tools and new initiatives for expanding data use and sharing with the internal and external community.

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is managed by the Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness and includes a highly qualified staff skilled in data mining and reporting, statistical analysis, and with a deep understanding of higher education in general and the issues and challenges unique to Drexel University. This office plays an integral part in all major decisions and planning at the University by providing the accurate, current, and well-represented data to inform and drive progress at the University.

Essential Functions:

  • Institution-wide learning assessment program.

  • Retention analyses and reporting.

  • Development of dashboards to inform senior leadership on institutional quality and the achievement of the strategic plan.

  • Oversight of externally reported data.

  • Institutional research functions, including IPEDs reporting, ranking surveys, data requests, and ad hoc research requests.

  • Implementation of key surveys, including the Senior Exit Survey, NSSE, and FSSE, as well as management of the surveying of institutional stakeholders.

  • Program and project evaluations.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD, social science, economics, education, statistics, or a related field. 

Required Experience:

  • At least 5 years' experience working in institutional research.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience developing institution-wide data reporting and analytics systems

  • Experience leading accreditation and learning assessment projects

  • Facility with the MS Office suite of applications, SAS, enterprise data warehouse applications, and enterprise resource planning systems

  • Experience managing large-scale projects and teams working on a broad range of projects

  • Ability to communicate clearly the work of the office to a broad range of stakeholders

  • Highly organized, independent, and able to deliver on a diverse set of goals in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to conceptualize requests and to represent complex data simply and clearly is essential for successfully filling this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant work in the field, including a record of publication and presentations.

Physical Demands:

Typically sitting at a desk/table

Job Location:

University City

Additional Information:

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of Q. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure, https://drexel.edu/hr/career/ducomp/salstructure/

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