Institutional Research and Decision Support

Michele J. Hansen,

Executive Director


Michele J. Hansen, Ph.D. is the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, a large institutional research office where she is responsible for institutional research, planning, and evaluation in the areas of student success, learning, and enrollment management.

For the past 13 years, Dr. Hansen has also been responsible for conducting outcome assessments and program evaluations of student success initiatives such as learning communities, first-year seminars, advising services, orientation programs, peer mentoring, success coaching models, and summer bridge programs. She has served as external or independent program evaluator for numerous grants including Department of Education Title V and III grants, National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institute Health (NIH), and Indiana Commission on Higher Education (ICHE) grants with funding in excess of $8 million.

Dr. Hansen has presented over 70 research papers and invited workshops nationally. Her primary research interests are in the areas of learning outcomes assessment and program evaluation methods, understanding the effectiveness of interventions to enhance retention and academic success of undergraduate students (applying social psychology theories to higher education), survey research methods, and incremental and fundamental change implementation. She maintains an active national professional profile that includes participation in national organizations such as the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), conference presentations, and publications in journals such as Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student Retention, New Directions in Institutional Research, and the Journal of Learning Communities Research. She also holds appointed faculty positions with University College and is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Department of Psychology at IUPUI. She received her baccalaureate degree in psychology from Michigan State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from Loyola University Chicago.
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