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Christine M. Keller, Ph.D.

Christine M. Keller
Christine M. Keller, Ph.D.
Vice President, Research and Policy Analysis, and Executive Director, Voluntary System of Accountability and Student Achievement Measure


  • February 18, 2015
    Christine M. Keller was elected to a three-year term on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) National Advisory Board beginning in January 2015. The Board is a self-perpetuating advisory body representing a range of important constituencies, including institutional leaders, academic researchers, institutional researchers, and national policy experts that advises the NSSE staff on their work.
  • March 17, 2015
    APLU Vice President Christine M. Keller testifies before the House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training on Tuesday, March 17. Keller will discuss how lessons from the Student Achievement Measure (SAM) and the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) can improve higher education policies for students, families, and taxpayers.
  • March 2, 2016

Christine M. Keller is the Vice President of Research & Policy Analysis at the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) where she has provided leadership in the development and application of research, policy, and strategic analysis since 2007.  She directs the Voluntary System of Accountability on behalf of APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and oversees the cross-sector Student Achievement Measure project on behalf of APLU and AASCU as well as four other higher education associations.  Her current areas of focus include the design and application of models for tracking student progress and completion, the measurement and reporting of student learning and post-collegiate outcomes, and the development and application of strategic finance models within public universities. 

Before joining APLU, Keller was the Assistant Director of Institutional Research and Planning at the University of Kansas and the Associate Dean of Continuing Education at Sterling College.  Keller holds a Ph.D. in educational policy and leadership from the University of Kansas, a MBA from the University of Missouri, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing research from Missouri State University.

She is a member of the U.S. Department of Education National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) panel, participates in IPEDS Technical Review Panels, and is a member of several national committees including the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Advisory Board, the Multistate Longitudinal Data Exchange Advisory Council, the Gardner Institute’s Gateways to Completion Advisory Committee, and the College Educational Quality Advisory Board.  She is a past board member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).