Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst « Position Deleted on 1/11/2013 »
Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst, Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support
(100% FTE, Grade 4P2)
The Assessment and Program Evaluation team provides timely, accurate, and thorough reporting on measures of academic performance, program efficacy, and student outcomes. Findings are used in support of institutional decision-making, accreditation, curricular review, and program planning. Research areas include assessment of learning outcomes, graduate and undergraduate student performance, and evaluation of pedagogical, curricular, and programmatic initiatives.
The primary job function of the Assessment and Program Evaluation Analyst (APEA) is to conduct studies and provide data analysis to support institutional decision-making. The APEA reports to the Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support, and works under the direction of the Manager of Assessment and Program Evaluation.
(75%) Design, implement, and report on research projects, primarily using survey methodology
- Conduct or assist in conducting surveys of faculty, staff and students. Ensure the quality of the survey instrument, seek IRB approvals when appropriate, and ensure privacy and confidentiality. Use best practices to achieve high response rates.
- Analyze results of surveys. Write reports, create visual aids, and communicate results concisely to university leadership.
- Assist in developing the university's survey research agenda by keeping abreast of current issues on campus, peer activities, reporting tools, and available surveys.
- Query and analyze institutional data, such as student records, as part of evaluating academic programs and policies. Merge existing institutional data with survey and assessment data to answer research questions.
- Assist in the development of databases and interactive reporting tools that provide university decision-makers access to survey and assessment data.
- Design and conduct focus group and interview studies of faculty, staff, and students. Provide thematic analyses of qualitative data.
- Respond to ad-hoc queries from faculty, staff, students, and other internal and external groups.
- Support assessment and evaluation efforts in other university units by providing expertise on assessment design and promoting best practices.
- Work collaboratively with peer institutions on data sharing, research, and policy analyses that directly contribute to Stanford decision-making.
- Regularly review higher education research literature to identify emerging research approaches, methodologies, and national trends.
- Participate in professional meetings and conferences.
- Four-year college degree or equivalent required. Preferred fields of study include social science or statistics. Advanced degree (e.g., MA, MS, PhD) preferred.
- 1-2 years related experience required; 2-5 years preferred.
- Sound knowledge of social science research design and methodologies. The position requires expertise in survey techniques, multivariate statistics, and statistical software (preferably SPSS).
- Demonstrated abilities to query databases, organize large quantities of data, and track multiple projects. The ability to fully exploit the capabilities of desktop word-processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software is required.
- Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with diverse groups of individuals.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to organize and present complex data clearly for a broad audience are required.
- Experience in a research-intensive university context is preferred.