Cristi L. Carson of Scarborough has been named the University of Southern Maine’s first director of Institutional Research and Assessment.
Carson most recently served as the director of the Office of Institutional Research at Keene State College in Keene, N.H. She also has held positions as director of the Office of Institutional Research at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, and as coordinator of evaluation and research for the Office of Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.
As USM’s director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Carson is responsible for collecting and analyzing data and generating reports relating to all major university functions, among them enrollment, educational activities, administrative services, and student outcomes. These reports will inform USM’s decisions in such areas as strategic planning and enrollment management. Her office also is responsible for preparing data for annual mandatory reporting requirements to the federal government and others.
“As a public university, taxpayers and those who support us with their tuition dollars expect us to make the best possible use of resources,” says USM President Selma Botman. “This position will ensure that our decisions are grounded in commonly defined and understood data. Put simply, you can not effectively manage what you do not measure. We are fortunate to have someone of Cristi’s background and expertise as our first director of Institutional Research and Assessment.”
Carson holds a Ph.D. in educational psychology and M.S. in educational research and methodology from the University of California, Riverside. She earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics and English from Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.