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Institutional Research and Effectiveness

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Main Telephone:   303-315-2840

Email Address:

Street Address:    1380 Lawrence St., Ste #1006
                               Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 173364
                               Campus Box 151
                               Denver, CO 80217-3364

IR Staff:

Mindy Baker, Senior Research Coordinator

Mindy is the data request point person for the department. She provides student and course level data for external and internal requests including IPEDS enrollment and annual program review and coordinates completion of campus enrollment reports.

Dave Deffenbacher, Assistant Vice Chancellor

Dave provides technical and content expertise, reporting, and analysis of institutional data to internal and external audiences, with a particular focus on student and course data and state data reporting systems. He also represents the office on a number of committees and provides guidance to the university and other CU campuses regarding the recent CU student information system replacement.

Paula Dickson, Executive Director

​Paula provides reporting and analysis of institutional data to internal and external audiences. She focuses on annual and term-based reports for admissions, enrollment and course-related data including graduation and retention rate analysis, SURDS and various ad hoc student and course reports. Paula also serves as backup for IPEDS enrollment and degree reporting.

Ian Whitman, Research Coordinator

Ian serves as one of the main points of contact for IR survey activities.  In addition, he provides additional support to IR staff with their reporting needs through data research and report coordination as well as ad hoc reporting for student and course related requests.

Bill Lind, Research Coordinator

Bill works with faculty and staff data including reports for public and private data collection organizations, internal survey analyses and ad hoc faculty and staff reports.

Melanie McLaren, Research Coordinator

Melanie serves as one of IR’s main points of contact for requests and provides additional support to IR staff with their reporting needs through data research, report coordination and data entry. She also updates and manages the college guidebook process, including collecting, analyzing, and creating reports to complete external guidebook surveys.

Jeff Quinones-Finch, Senior Systems Analyst

As the department’s database and web technology analyst, Jeff coordinates and supports dataflow into OIRE’s central data warehouse, maintenance of internal and web-based applications, and publication of datasets to OIRE’s website and other analytical toolkits.

Nathan Schwab, Senior Research Coordinator

Nathan works with faculty and staff data and is responsible for the Affirmative Action data analyses, faculty and staff IPEDS reporting, and a number of salary survey reports. In addition, he performs miscellaneous /and ad-hoc analyses related to faculty and staff information.

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