Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, Analytics, and Decision Support

Ball State University

Muncie, IN

ID: 7073664 (Ref.No. BSUhttps://bsu.peopleadmin.com/postings/23359)
Posted: January 2, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Serves as the senior university executive responsible for supporting the effective use of administrative data for reporting, analysis, and actionable insight. Leads the identification of institutional information needs: collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data and information. Collaborates in leading data governance and information management efforts and promoting ongoing development of institutional analytics capability and maturity. Provides strategic leadership for and overall management of the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support.
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Founded in 1918, Ball State University (BSU) is recognized for embracing beneficence and the enduring values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and gratitude. Located in Muncie, Indiana, with satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis, BSU is committed to providing an innovative, learner-centered learning experience in a welcoming, collaborative culture that inspires passion and purpose for a fulfilling career and a meaningful life. Ball State University currently enrolls over 22,500 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and specialist programs, and BSU prides itself on maintaining a welcoming environment for a diverse population of students of all ethnicities, genders, identities, faiths, and backgrounds. As a public research institution, BSU offers 120 undergraduate majors and 94 graduate disciplines, and boasts a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. Ball State is ranked #1 in the country in College Magazine's "Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities,” and, for the fifth year in a row, has earned the “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award” from Insight into Diversity.

Job Function:

Serves as the senior university executive responsible for supporting the effective use of administrative data for reporting, analysis, and actionable insight. Leads the identification of institutional information needs: collecting, analyzing, interpreting and reporting data and information. Collaborates in leading data governance and information management efforts and promoting ongoing development of institutional analytics capability and maturity. Provides strategic leadership for and overall management of the Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support.

Minimum Education:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Preferred Education:

Earned graduate degree from an accredited institution of higher education.

Minimum Experience:

At least five years of progressively responsible experience in institutional research and/or decision support in an institution of higher education. Experience in data analysis and governance. Experience presenting information to institutional leadership. Experience with staff supervision.

Preferred Experience:

Advanced expertise working with large-scale multi-source databases to serve institutional data, information, and analytic needs. Advanced expertise with statistical and visual analytics software and other applications and their usage in higher education. Knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, procedures and processes governing or related to data confidentiality and security. Record of successfully-completed projects that demonstrate advanced knowledge of analytic methods in higher education, including qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop, maintain and promote broad use of an advanced analytics and reporting ecosystem to support understanding and decision-making across the University. Oversee the collection, analysis and reporting of a wide variety of data to determine trends, cycles, and underlying factors that impact institutional effectiveness.
  • Collaborate with subject matter experts across campus in the development and maintenance of a mature data infrastructure and warehouse that stores curated views of data that can serve as a single source of truth for the University.
  • Create and maintain mechanisms that monitor the progress of the University in the execution of its strategic plan and that measure institutional effectiveness, including the executive dashboard, management dashboards, and administrative performance dashboards.
  • Direct and/or produce institutional research studies in the areas including, but not limited to, student enrollment, retention, graduation; faculty productivity; community engagement; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Direct research on national trends in higher education using relevant tools and data sources.
  • Develop and collaboratively lead institutional efforts for data governance and enterprise information management, including attention to data needs, consistent definitions, data quality, and availability, as well as collection, management, access, retention and classification policies. Maintain collaborative and transparent relationships with data stewards and data reporters and analysts across campus.
  • Ensure accurate and timely delivery of mandatory and voluntary reporting to federal, state and other relevant agencies. Provide research and analytical insight to promote the reputation and ranking of the University and its programs.
  • Formulate and implement talent strategies, professional development, and performance management standards for Institutional Research staff. Establish that Institutional Research and Decision Support is the “official” source of data representations. Participate with professional organizations to ensure forward-looking leadership in the use of data, analysis methods, governance practices, and advanced analytics and reporting tools. Provide mentorship and support professional development of related units and individuals, including data stewards and analysts across campus. Educate the campus community on the nature and sources of official institutional data and their use. Participate in the activities of various other councils and committees to provide analytic or research findings in the support of decision-making and planning.
  • Full supervisory responsibility for interviewing and selection, coaching, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, training and career development of personnel for a work unit.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


At Ball State University, we recognize inclusive excellence as an integral endeavor to fulfill our University’s mission and our strategic plan. We recruit, support, and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and reward diversity of thought. We promote a work environment that encourages and rewards innovation and creativity. We pledge to keep Inclusive Excellence at the highest level of institutional importance and as a foundation in all that we strive to do. Our over-arching goal for Inclusive Excellence is to adopt a university-wide Inclusive Excellence approach to academic, administrative support, and service functions of the university. We believe Inclusive Excellence must be infused in every step we take.



 

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