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The Assessment and Evaluation Specialist leads institutional research and assessment activities for the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) particularly within the Division of Undergraduate Education. This individual applies methods of social science research and statistical analysis to issues related to student learning assessment, program review, student recruitment, persistence and retention, equity and inclusion and enrollment management. The Assessment and Evaluation Specialist implements a variety of advanced institutional research projects, including but not limited to survey research, data warehouse report development, performance indicator documentation, business intelligence, and support of student learning assessment. Responsibilities include performing data analysis as required for projects or departments on a variety of topics such as human resources, financials, students, and faculty. The position drafts reports for projects, departments and other units of a variety of topics. This role also considers learning new analytics approaches to understanding pathways to success for students, and works with faculty and administrators to integrate new strategies for student learning.
The Division of Undergraduate Education at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts (LSA) is housed within the Office of the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education. The Division includes approximately twenty-four academic units dedicated to student exploration, engagement, and learning. We offer curriculum and advising support as well as instructional support for both students and faculty. We house the LSA Curriculum Committee and the Applied Liberal Arts Course Division. Many of our academic enrichment programs feature high impact educational experiences, such as study abroad, living-learning communities, undergraduate research, and civic engagement. We also serve as an incubator for curricular and co-curricular innovation. The Assessment and Evaluation Specialist, who reports to the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Education, is a key contributor to the work of the Division of Undergraduate Education, which pursues a mission of academic excellence and administrative creativity with a commitment to diversity, access, equity and inclusion for the LSA undergraduate population and the faculty and staff who advise, teach and guide and support them.
The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future. The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by:
- Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences.
- Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.
Assessment and Evaluation (40%)
Engages in the design of assessment and evaluation plans for units within the Undergraduate Education division including the Michigan Learning Communities and other curricular and co-curricular focused units.
Collaborates with, and provides consultation for, department or unit leadership and staff to design assessment tools and approaches to advance the assessment and evaluation goals of that particular department or unit.
Leads the development, organization, analysis, and reporting of data on enrollment, academic success, student learning outcomes, retention, and graduation of students, and makes recommendations for improvement strategies.
Develops ongoing management tools and reports to be used by the departments to assess and evaluate programmatic outcomes.
Coordinates distribution and collection of student surveys.
Helps cultivate and maintain a culture of assessment within LSA and an understanding of high impact practices related to student success.
Outreach and Education (25%)
Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships with LSA units, the Office of Budget and Planning, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Enrollment Management, and other University units providing data about LSA students.
Supervision and mentoring of undergraduate or graduate student assistants as participants in assessment and evaluation projects.
Support the pursuit of additional funding for programming and special initiatives through prospect research and grant writing.
Data Stewardship (20%)
Maintains repository/database of existing assessment practices within LSA as well as relevant student data.
Provides strategic direction and planning for internal/college-wide systems and support technologies needed to accommodate changing programmatic needs.
Develops and manages means of sharing data, research, and information across units.
Professional Development and LSA Representation (15%)
Represent LSA on university-wide working groups dealing with student surveys, evaluation, and assessment.
Work with academic departments, co-curricular units and learning communities to design and implement programming, workshops, in-service training, etc. for the promotion of student success.
Participate in and learn from national and international trends in assessment, evaluation, and learning analytics. Contribute to in-house expertise on these topics.
Perform other duties as assigned.
- Experience in higher education, especially with undergraduates at a four-year research institution.
- Bachelor's degree or higher in social sciences, education or other relevant field.
- Demonstrated experience in gathering information, analyzing data and problem-solving, both independently and as part of a team.
- Ability to prioritize multiple projects simultaneously and successfully meet deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to self-initiate, work creatively, independently and collaboratively.
- Demonstrated ability to handle highly confidential and sensitive matters/materials and to produce original documents of high quality.
- Experience with obtaining human subjects research approval from Institutional Review Boards
- Proficiency in at least one statistical software package (i.e., SPSS, R, STATA, SAS).
- Experience with qualitative research techniques.
- Experience developing reports using statistics and various teaming analytics.
- Ability to present technical outcomes to a variety of audiences using data visualization.
- Master’s degree or higher in social sciences, education or other relevant field.
- Five years of administrative experience in higher education.
- Proficiency with data manipulation for report creation.
- Knowledge of University policy and procedures, M-Pathways and the UM Data warehouse.
- Capacity for creative problem-solving innovation and for anticipating future needs.
- Experience with externally funded research, grant writing, and submission.
- Experience working in diverse communities.
- Functional knowledge of current computer technologies such as web-based tools, student information systems, data retrieval, and database management.
- Competency in a variety of software and technological systems such as PeopleSoft, Google Apps, Microsoft Office, Business Objects or SharePoint.
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