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Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research and Decision Support
Michele J. Hansen, Ph.D. serves as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Institutional Research and Decision Support (IRDS) at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. IRDS is a comprehensive institutional research office where members are engaged in institutional research, advanced statistical analyses, survey research, program evaluation, student learning assessment, program and administrative reviews, and creating optimal testing environments for students. IRDS also provides data support for enrollment management, student success programming, strategic planning, and institutional effectiveness. Dr. Hansen’s 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 and graduate students (applying social psychology theories to higher education), survey research methods, and incremental and fundamental change implementation. She has specific training and over 20 years of experience in mixed-methods designs, survey research, and data analysis on the effectiveness of educational interventions. She has served as the 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 $10 million. Dr. Hansen has presented over 70 research papers and invited workshops nationally. 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, Journal of First-Year Experience and Transitions, 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. Dr. Hansen received her baccalaureate degree in psychology from Michigan State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in social psychology from Loyola University Chicago.