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Code: 5556 PCLS: N3054 Pay Grade:  Exempt:  Yes ORP:  No EEO Code:  3
Title: Research Analyst
Description: Reports to the Director of Institutional Research and Assessment. Assists in collecting and interpreting data for use by the university as well as other governmental and accreditation agencies involved in the planning, policy formulation, decision making, assessment and administration of institutions of higher education, such as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Prepares routine reports on enrollment, faculty workloads, graduation and retention rates, and other data. Works closely with the Assessment Specialist and various department heads to compile and evaluate information to conduct program reviews. Cooperates with the Assessment Specialist in the university assessment process for reaffirmation of accreditation. Assists in preparing responses to national surveys and data forms for state or provincial agencies with responsibility for higher education. Responds to questionnaires and requests for data or information in general. In the absence of the Director, the Research Analyst with the Assessment Specialist will perform the duties of the Director.
Examples: Uses a variety of measurement instruments to provide timely information to the Director for assessment and planning purposes. Responds to specific requests from department and/or program heads for assistance in preparing self-study reports, accreditation applications, performance reviews, curriculum assessments, cost analyses, teaching-load analyses, data collection, data verification, data analysis, sampling instruments and techniques, survey tools and techniques, and such other reports as might be required by various state and federal agencies and/or accrediting organizations of which the university is a member. Performs other research and administrative duties as assigned by the Director. Maintains knowledge of current research in higher education and attends to the journals and books pertaining to this research.
Physical Condition:
Experience: Three or more years of experience related to data collection, data verification, data analysis, sampling instruments and techniques in higher education. Three or more years of experience utilizing Weave Online assessment software and the Banner student system is desired. Familiarity with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accreditation process is a plus.
Knowledge: Knowledge of current research methods and assessment procedures and ability to create measurement instruments that will provide timely, accurate information. Familiar with survey tools and techniques, time series analysis, multiple regression, modeling, trends analysis, sampling techniques, and cost analyses. Should be familiar with the measurement of student outcomes and the examination of the measures in the context of student and institutional goals and quantitative and qualitative characteristics of academic programs. Good understanding of state requirements regarding higher education staffing, organization and function. Must be computer literate, familiar with current state of the art software and be comfortable in either a mainframe or personal computer environment.
Education: A masterís degree in a field related to research such as statistics, operations research, operations analysis, science, social sciences, public administration or organizational psychology required. A minimum of a two years of experience managing data in an SPSS database and proficiency with SPSS syntax is required.
Additional Requirements: Must be able to analyze data and prepare clear and concise reports and to convert the institution's operational data into management information. Must be able to exercise independent judgment and perform complicated and detailed tasks in a timely manner with a minimum of supervision. Must have good oral and written communication skills and be comfortable communicating with and presenting material to senior level officials and large groups. Confidentiality is required. *Regular reliable attendance is required. *This position is designated as security sensitive and requires a criminal background check.

Last updated 2014-11-12