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Bryan J. Cook, Ph.D.

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Bryan Cook, Ph.D.
Vice President, Data and Policy Analysis (DPA)

Bryan J. Cook serves as the Vice President of Data and Policy Analysis for APLU. In this role Dr. Cook provides leadership and strategic vision to advance the development and application of data, research, and analyses to support APLU initiatives, priorities, and advocacy. Dr. Cook is active within the national data policy and student success communities and collaborates with organizational partners and government agencies. Additionally, Dr. Cook serves as the Executive Director of two national data initiatives – the new VSA and the Student Achievement Measure (SAM)

Previously Dr. Cook served as the Senior Vice President for Educational Research and Analysis at the American Dental Education Association (ADEA). Dr. Cook’s portfolio was responsible for all of ADEA’s research and data analysis activities most notably conducting ADEA’s Survey of Graduating Seniors, ADEA’s Survey of Dental Education Faculty, and analysis of ADEA’s centralized application data.

Prior to joining ADEA, Dr. Cook was the Director of the Center for Policy Analysis at the American Council on Education (ACE) where he managed ACE’s research and policy analysis activity including work on the 2008 Higher Education Act.

Dr. Cook received his Ph.D. and master’s from the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. He received his bachelor’s degree in urban planning from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.