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Our mission

The Bloomington Assessment and Research office supports faculty, programs, campus initiatives, and the student experience by providing research and analyses for data-driven decisions and continuous improvement.

Our office responds to information needs from the broad campus community, administration, academic school and departments, and programs. We serve our stakeholders by:

  • Developing and provisioning reliable information resources to support institutional planning.
  • Conducting research studies to inform policy development, program assessment and strategic initiatives.
  • Providing leadership for the campus for the continuous improvement of institutional research resources.
  • Establishing partnerships with campus offices, peer institutions and professionals to broaden institutional research capacity.

Our Team

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Pallavi Chauhan

Data & Research AnalystBloomington Assessment and Research

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(812) 855-0680
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Biography

Pallavi is the lead research analyst working with career advisors with the goal of providing the campus with unique information about the student experience as they prepare for life beyond the classroom.  She works on research projects aimed at understanding successful student trajectories using innovative approaches that promise to yield novel insights. She facilitates data driven decision-making by developing internal infrastructure, data pipelines and applications based on advanced statistical machine learning and network analytics methodologies.  She is responsible for developing, maintaining and optimizing the Course-Recommender system that is designed to support academic advisors in identifying at-risk course enrollments for students. Pallavi holds a Master’s degree in Information Science from Indiana University and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science Engineering.
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Yanan Feng

Data and Research Analyst (Graduate Student)Bloomington Assessment and Research

Phone:
(812) 855-6236
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Biography

Yanan assists with data analysis and management on various projects that examine student engagement, academic achievement, including retention, degree completion, and academic performance. She uses quantitative skills to analyze how individual and institution factors are related to student achievement. She is currently a doctoral student of Inquiry Methodology in the School of Education.

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Stefano Fiorini

Lead Research Management AnalystBloomington Assessment and Research

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(812) 855-1776
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Stefano oversees research projects that support campus decisions and planning. He develops and implements research strategies to respond to campus information needs as well as collaborate with campus partners on new initiatives and specific projects. Stefano has expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies and in ways to combine the two to better address research objectives. In Higher Education, he has looked at student performance in courses, progression in programs and to degree, engagement, diversity and international students. Stefano holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology, with a minor in Population Studies from Indiana University.

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Dawit Gelan

Data and Research AnalystBloomington Assessment and Research

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(812) 855-3371
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Dawit's interests are designing specifications for queries, reporting, data visualization and the use of business intelligence in institutional research. At IU, Dawit has developed metrics to assist in predicting student academic progress; for example, he developed a series of metrics that compare student expectations of performance with actual performance (grade surprises) and methodology for counting terms to degree completion. He has also worked with the ACT Interest Inventory data to help new students in their career exploration and the National Student Clearinghouse data to track students transferring to/from other institutions. Before joining BAR, he worked as a Computer Consultant at the University of Wyoming and he also served as a Data Director for Organizing for Action (Wyoming). Dawit holds a B.Sc. in Business from the University of Wyoming with a minor in Information Management.

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Abhishek Kumar

Data and Research AnalystBloomington Assessment and Research

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(812) 855-5465
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Abhishek is a data lover, having a passion for storytelling with statistics. He has gained an extensive knowledge of a variety of technical skills for collecting, analyzing the data, and building machine learning models. Currently, Abhishek is working on dual credit data with the aim of providing a better experience to high school students who are studying ACP courses provided by Indiana University. ACP courses not only provide the transitional experience to college-level courses but also offer credits to the students towards their degree. Abhishek is the key member for developing and providing data and research reports in response to the needs of ACP project. Before joining BAR, he worked as a data science instructor at the Indiana University and also served as a program analyst for Cognizant Technology Solution. Abhishek holds an MS in Data Science from the Indiana University and a bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from Vellore Institute of Technology.
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Saheli Saha

Data and Research Analyst (Graduate Student)Bloomington Assessment and Research

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Saheli is a graduate student in the Data Science program in SICE, working as data and research analyst. Her interests are data collection and data analysis, as prequels to her model building using machine learning algorithms and datavisualization and reporting. At BAR, Saheli is applying advanced analytical techniques to aid student retention and success: contributing to the improvement of recommender systems currently under development at BAR, and supporting the overall effort of capacity building in the emerging area of Learning Analytics and Knowledge. Before joining BAR, Saheli worked as a lead programmer analyst in Cognizant Technology Solutions and as a Data Scientist intern in Augmento. She also holds her B.Tech. in Computer Science and Technology from the West Bengal University of Technology, India.
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Michael Sauer

Lead Information Management AnalystBloomington Assessment and Research

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(812) 855-4333
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Mike builds on his student records expertise and knowledge of the IU infrastructure to oversee the development and maintenance of information sources that support research and assessment activities for the campus. He develops and provides data and research reports in response to campus information needs, and collaborates with campus partners on new initiatives and projects. Within the area of student records, he has expertise in the areas of new students, retention/graduation, major changes, GPA reporting, benchmarking and US News rankings. Mike holds a M.A. in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and a M.P.A., both from IU-Bloomington.

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Linda Shepard

Senior Assistant Vice Provost
Director
Bloomington Assessment and Research

Phone:
(812) 855-6236
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Biography

Linda provides leadership for the campus in the development of institutional research resources to be used to inform campus policy, strategic initiatives, and program assessment. In relation to the emerging campus information needs and issues of concern at state and federal levels, she evaluates plans and priorities of the unit. She develops partnerships with campus units and peer institutions, promoting the use of information for benchmarking, monitoring improvement and on-going assessment. She has served in various professional capacities at IU, more recently in FLAGS Governance Committee, Advisory group for Business Intelligence, and in leadership roles in IR professional organizations. Linda holds M.S and Ph.D. degrees from Indiana University in Educational Psychology with a minor in Psychology.

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Julie Teague

Senior Analyst ProgrammerBloomington Assessment and Research

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(812) 855-5663
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Julie is experienced with many facets of University data, from human resources to financial systems, and is a campus expert on student records data. She works with a network of campus partners to develop applications as well as consistent and reliable information resources to support campus decision making and planning, individual research projects, and longitudinal studies.  Julie advises individuals on the use of institutional data and provides technical expertise to navigate the various information systems. Her recent projects include progression to degree, progression through curriculums, retention, and enrollment patterns. Julie holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science with a concentration in Mathematics from Indiana University.

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