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Ann H. Becks
Ann H. Becks will be conferred a Doctor of Philosoph
Ann H. Becks, Ph.D.
Director, Student Success, Research and Policy

Ann H. Becks will be conferred a doctor of philosophy degree in counseling and personnel services with a specialization in college student personnel by the University of Maryland, College Park in May 2015. Her dissertation, titled "The initial academic major decision-making process: An application of Azjen's Theory of Planned Behavior," was successfully defended in the 2014 fall semester.

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

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.

Teri Lyn Hinds
Teri Lyn Hinds Presenting at AIR Annual Forum
Teri Lyn Hinds
Director, Research and Data Policy

Teri Lyn Hinds will be presenting several sessions at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Annual Forum on the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) College Portrait At-A-Glance, and Post-Collegiate Outcomes (PCO) Initiative. The AIR Annual Forum runs from May 25-29 in Denver, CO.

Austin Ryland
Austin Ryland to Present at AIR Annual Forum
Austin Ryland, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Research and Analysis

Austin Ryland will discuss STEM degree attainment for women and NSF and IES education grant distribution at the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Annual Forum May 28, 2015 in Denver, CO.

Rebecca Villarreal
Rebecca Villarreal,receive doctorate from University of Maryland
Rebecca Villarreal, Ph.D.
Project Manager, Urban Initiatives

Rebecca Villarreal, Project Manager, received her doctorate from the University of Maryland.  Her dissertation focused on understanding the influence of institutional culture at Hispanic-serving institutions on the Title V program.

James Woodell
James K. Woodell receives doctorate
James K. Woodell, Ph.D.
Vice President, Economic Development and Community Engagement

James K. Woodell, Assistant Vice President, Innovation & Technology Policy, received his doctorate in higher education from The Pennsylvania State University.  His thesis examined how public universities organize economic engagement issues.