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New director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness joins Flagler

Oct 19, 2017

Flagler College recently welcomed Dr. Jessica Stowell as the college’s new director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness. As director, Stowell will assist academic departments with evaluation and assessment and provide support for program reviews, accreditation visits and reporting to government and other external agencies.

She has over a decade of experience in working with small public and private colleges in the areas of assessment, accreditation, institutional research and effectiveness.

Previously, Stowell was the associate director for the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning at University of North Carolina Asheville, in Asheville, N.C., where she served as Accreditation Liaison, and worked closely with faculty and staff to set measurable outcomes (learning and operational), devise assessment methods and use results of assessment to improve student learning and unit operations.

“At Flagler, I plan to simplify and solidify assessment processes so we have a consistent sustainable process that is useful to faculty and staff,” Stowell said. “I also plan to get more data out into the hands of the campus constituents for use in decision making and promoting the college, provide one-on-one and group assessment workshops, and work closely with the Retention Committee to refine the retention model and use it to improve retention at Flagler.”

She added that she will also be leading the campus through the “Reaffirmation of Accreditation” process over the next two years, which is a comprehensive review by the college’s regional accreditation organization to determine accreditation compliance.

Stowell attained her doctoral degree in Psychology in 2005 from University of Tennessee and is working alongside Amy Cook, data specialist and report coordinator, in the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.

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