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Senior Research Analyst

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Summary: Assists in the assembly & reporting of student data (i.e., retention, placement, graduation rates, learning outcomes, etc.) for externally-mandated reporting (federal, state, & programmatic accreditors), administrative decision making, & strategic planning. Conducts research to determine best approach to collect required data. Gathers data by query, survey, etc., performs statistical analyses, provides reports & interpretation of findings for use by university administration & campus personnel. Supports the Associate Director by providing data extraction, analysis, interpretation, & preparation of reports.  Provides information & analytic support to the University’s administrative decision makers in order to facilitate strategic planning, policymaking, resource allocations, enrollment projections, & programmatic improvements.



  • Within the Institutional Research function, serves as a key source for facts & figures regarding WCU student data.
  • Supports the University’s strategic response to external surveys, reports & accreditation requirements, resolving issues of interpretation & definition.  Collaborates to ensure compliance with mandatory data reporting.
  • Provides reliable, relevant, & quality data & information.
  • Provides standardized student statistical reports on a weekly, monthly & quarterly basis.  Ensures comprehensive reports are developed in a timely manner with data including student enrollment, degrees awarded, demographics, numbers/FTE faculty, & admissions statistics within a specified time frame.
  • Assists in the collection of data elements central to ongoing assessment, evaluation, review & planning at the programmatic & departmental level.  Contributes to a culture of transparency (e.g., updating University website to include elements such as enrollment demographics, & placement rates, etc.).  Utilizes various data sources such as CampusVue, admissions or exit exams, national or state board exams or other to analyze student success & make recommendations for improvement.
  • Supplies student performance data for Annual Learning Outcome Reviews for student outcomes within academic programs.
  • Participates on the Institutional Research/Information Technology Council which is comprised of multiple stakeholders who have an interest in ensuring the university has a high-quality data processing system. 
  • Works with Campus Data Analytics Managers & Program Assistant, Academics to assure consistency in procedures & data collection.
  • Works with IT department & the campuses to enhance effective data & information flow. 
  • Participates in the design & definitions of all student data elements crucial to Institutional Research reporting such as defining & categorizing attrition rate information.  

    Job Qualifications


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics, Educational Research, Social Sciences or a related field from a regionally accredited institution required; Master's and/or Doctorate Degree preferred.



    • Broadly knowledgeable about professional discipline & related disciplines. Experienced in administering projects & programs preferred. Generally, 3-5 years of relevant experience required.



    • Demonstrated advanced SQL skills.
    • Demonstrated advanced Excel skills (i.e., developing macros, pivot tables, etc.).
    • Experience with business intelligence software (e.g., Power BI, Tableau) & the graphic display of quantitative data.
    • Experience in using CampusVue, Stata, R, and/or other statistical software. 
    • Relevant experience in a higher education institutional research function preferred. 
    • Experience in higher education data management, data analysis & institutional research.
    • Experience with annual Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) report requests.
    • Experience in using computer-based tools such as data warehouses & data modeling software. 
    • Experience with MS Office. 

    Institution Description

    West Coast University is a leader in training healthcare professionals, one of the largest educators of nurses in California, and is fast becoming a leader in Dental Hygiene education. For over 100 years, West Coast University has been educating and preparing students for professional careers across our six modern campuses located in Southern California, Dallas, Miami, and Online. As part of our unique student-centric approach to advanced healthcare education, you will be empowering future healthcare professionals. At West Coast University our students are “ahead of the curve”. Our Mission is to embrace a student-centric learning partnership that leads to professional success. We deliver transformational education within a culture of integrity and personal accountability.



    Health Insurance
    Dental Insurance
    Vision Insurance
    Matching 401K
    Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
    Health Care Flexible Spending Account
    Life Insurance
    Long-Term Disability
    Short-Term Disability
    Vacation & Sick Days
    Paid Holidays
    Application Due Date: 2022-12-31
    Job Start Date: 2023-01-02
    Salary: Dependent on qualifications and experience.
    City: Irvine
    State/Province/Region: CA
    Institution: West Coast University
    Reports To: Associate Director of Institutional Research
    Staff # Reporting to Position: 0
    Reports In Office: Institutional Research

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