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Denise Nadasen, DM

Denise Nadasen, DM
Assistant Vice President, Data & Policy Analysis (DPA)


  • February 9, 2021
  • Denise Nadasen, APLU’s Assistant Vice President, Data and Policy Analysis, was elected to serve as the Chair of the Northeast Association of Institutional Research’s Finance Committee. The committee oversees the group’s annual budget, maintains financial controls, and advises on the strategic use of funds.

Denise Nadasen, DM, joined APLU in November of 2017. As Assistant Vice President, Data & Policy Analysis (DPA), she serves as the staff liaison for the APLU Commission on Information, Measurement, and Analysis (CIMA), helping to create a community of practice around the effective use of data to guide campus planning and decision making. Working collaboratively with a variety of campus constituents, she investigates strategies that enhance the analytic capability of pubic research universities and designs metrics that more accurately report on student success and institutional performance. As part of this focus, she works with APLU member institutions to leverage institutional and national data resources to reflect the changing landscape of higher education.

Dr. Nadasen has over 20 years of experience in public higher education. She was staff to the Board of Regents for the University System of Maryland prior to becoming the Director of Institutional Research at the University of Maryland, College Park. At UMCP she focused on institutional data, working with campus-wide constituents to deliver interactive tools to report applications, enrollment, completions, and faculty data. She later moved to University of Maryland University College, where she provided leadership in program review, accreditation, accountability, enrollment projections, student satisfaction, academic research, institutional reporting, and data management. As part of her role at UMUC, she collaborated with institutions nationally to develop student success metrics that better reflect the changing student population. Her dissertation examined student success in online learning and how different types of institutional innovations affect retention. In addition to a Doctorate of Management, she earned a Masters’ degree in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science.