Academic Effectiveness Analyst

Posted on6/13/2018
Job typeFull-time
Reports toDirector
Reports in officeStrategic Analysis and Reporting (SAR)
Application due dateJuly 31, 2018
Job start dateNegotiable
InstitutionWashburn University
Institution descriptionThe faculty and staff are the heart and soul of Washburn University. It is all of us together, engaging our students, that makes us who we are. And, together, we create a brighter future for our students and for the region. We are a public university, independently governed and state coordinated. Our 160 acre campus is one of the crown jewels of Topeka with state of the art facilities. In fact, visitors often assume that we are a much more expensive private school rather than an affordable, public institution.

We want to recruit and retain the very best people and that is why we offer competitive wages and an excellent benefits program. At Washburn, we want you to have a dynamic and rewarding career along with a healthy work/life balance.
Job dutiesWorking with the Assessment Coordinator, the Academic Affairs Office, and other stakeholders tasked with University-wide assessment, collect, compile and analyze data to determine achievement levels relative to student learning outcomes (SLOs). Document and report assessment results and provide to academic teams preliminary recommendations for possible changes in educational programming to improve University and program-level performance. Serve as a repository for assessment analysis and reports for further assessment activities.

Develop statistical models to measure the impact of learning support services on student achievement of intended learning outcomes. Mine data and develop models to identify variables most predictive of SLO achievement. Provide action-oriented, evidence-based guidance.

Work with Information Technology Services (ITS), Strategic Analysis and Reporting (SAR) team and other data stakeholders to develop, prepare and present reports to University administrators, accrediting entities, etc., as needed in support of assessment and accreditation efforts.

Facilitate and coordinate population identification, survey distribution and planning, extraction of results, analysis of new data and data integration into existing databases to support participation and response to national assessment efforts such as NSSE, Torrance and Madison.

Work with University staff, administrators, committees, departments, faculty and others as follows to facilitate and support data-driven analysis and decision making in assessment activities with:

• Assessment Coordinator, the Office of Academic Affairs, academic committees, faculty, staff and administrators to develop effective strategies for the academic assessment of student learning outcomes at the general education and academic program levels,

• Academic department heads and/or program chairs to assist in the analysis and application of data in program assessment, providing instruction and guidance in identifying, accessing and applying appropriate data,

• ITS, SAR team and other data stakeholders to create reporting forms and templates for use in campus assessment activities, and with the assessment coordinator to identify and address specific needs, to access and combine data from the learning management system with data accessed from Banner to fully utilize data collection tools and resources while streamlining data collection activities,

• Academic committees to resolve issues that arise with the assessment plan; present solutions to appropriate bodies to facilitate application of improved assessment processes and procedures,

• Committees to identify and collect appropriate evidence, identify and resolve gaps in data collection and analysis, and give meaning to data, and the

• ITS, SAR team and University Administration to develop Assessment Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and develop point-in-time collection strategies to load appropriate term-based data into the Washburn Data Warehouse to support longitudinal analysis.

Compile and analyze data, develop and deliver resultant reports in response to specific requests from academic deans and department heads. Assist SAR team with other data collections, analysis and reporting initiatives as assigned or as time permits.

Perform additional job related duties as assigned.
QualificationsRequired Qualifications: Master’s degree. Three years of work experience in one of the following or combination of areas: research design, qualitative and quantitative statistical methods, data inference and analysis, predictive modeling. (Related graduate school experience will be considered.) Oral and written presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. Familiarity with student learning outcome measures in a higher education setting.
Salary rangeDependent on qualifications and experience
Salary benefitsSalary is upper $50,000 commensurate with qualifications. Washburn provides an excellent fringe benefits package. Employment at Washburn University will be conditioned upon satisfactory completion of a background check.
Application procedureSubmit a letter of interest, a resume, the Resume Supplement form available on this website, a copy of unofficial transcript(s) for highest level of post-secondary education (official transcript for all levels of post-secondary education may be requested upon hire), and names and phone numbers of three professional references to or to Washburn University Human Resources, 118 Morgan Hall, 1700 SW College, Topeka, Kansas 66621. Applicants are encouraged to submit complete applications by July 31, 2018. Applications will continue to be reviewed until interviews are scheduled.