Elise Miller joined APLU in August 2017. As Vice President for Research & Policy Analysis, Miller works closely with all departments at the association. She develops, implement, and strengthens new and existing initiatives to improve the data and analytic capacity of public research universities, contributes to national advocacy for improved national data infrastructure and metrics, and serves as the Executive Director of the Student Achievement Measure and Voluntary System of Accountability.
Miller brings to APLU deep knowledge and vast experience in higher education data and policy. For six years, she served as program director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Postsecondary Institutional Studies Program. In that role, she oversaw the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative. Following her time at the Department, Miller worked at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she developed its postsecondary success data strategy. Her professional experience also includes time working as director for research and policy analysis at the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities as well as helping to develop and create AccessLex Institute -- a research and policy institute aimed at improving legal education programs.
Miller holds a master’s degree in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in political theory from The Catholic University of America.