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Denise Nadasen, DM

Denise Nadasen, D.M.
Assistant Vice President of Institutional Data and Analytics, Office of Academic Affairs


  • 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.
  • November 15, 2022
  • APLU’s Denise Nadasen, APLU’s Assistant Vice President, Data and Policy Analysis, presented on the APLU co-led Data Literacy Institute and the effective use of data to promote student success at the Northeast Association of Institutional Research meeting in Maine.

Denise Nadasen, D.M., serves as Assistant Vice President of Institutional Data & Analytics. She began at APLU as the staff liaison for the 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 explores strategies that enhance the analytic capacity of public research universities, designs metrics that more accurately reflect student success and institutional performance and leverages institutional and national data resources to reflect the changing landscape of higher education. She manages the Data Literacy Institute and leads national data collections for the Core Data Metrics and the Postsecondary Data Partnership for over 100 institutions – both of which support student success for marginalized populations.

Dr. Nadasen has over 25 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, where she focused on accountability, reporting and data infrastructure. She later moved to the University of Maryland Global Campus where she provided leadership in program review, accreditation, accountability, enrollment projections, student satisfaction, academic research, institutional reporting, and data management. Her dissertation examined student success in online learning and different types of institutional innovations that affect retention. In addition to a Doctor of Management, she earned a Master’s degree in Measurement, Statistics, and Evaluation and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer and Information Science.