Contact Institutional Research Staff

Ellen Peters
Director of Institutional Research and Retention
Library 120

Ellen oversees the Office of Institutional Research. She works with faculty, staff, senior university leadership, and board of trustee members to incorporate data into decisions, and conducts research in response to institutional questions. Ellen provides leadership on assessment and works closely with accreditation. Ellen collaborates across campus to provide recommendations and solutions that will ultimately achieve the strategic goals and objectives outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan. In addition to her service on several local boards, she is currently President of the Association for Institutional Research. In her spare time, Ellen is a thespian, and loves film, cooking, and reading.  

Contact Ellen for:

·       Research design

·       Use of data and information

·       National issues


Emily Mullins
Assistant Director for Reporting and Analysis
Library 124

Emily responds to all external data requests, including federally-mandated reporting, state reporting, and reporting to consortia. She also completes college guidebook requests. Emily manages our Strategic Indicators and contributes to Sound Reports. She handles faculty and staff reporting as well. Finally, Emily is responsible for Qualtrics, our survey software, for which she provides training. In her free time, Emily loves photography, stand-up paddle boarding, and traveling.

Contact Emily for:

·       External reporting

·       Faculty and staff reporting

·       Qualtrics


Alanna Muir
Assistant Director for Assessment
Library 122

Alanna supports the assessment of curricular and co-curricular student experience and outcomes. This involves interaction across campus as Alanna develops surveys and focus groups to gather information about the student experience. Alanna is the liaison for academic department periodic reviews, preparing data packets that are customized based on departmental needs as they approach their review with the curriculum committee. Alanna also supports the Analytics project and our new Tableau implementation.  In her free time, Alanna enjoys reading, knitting, trying new recipes, and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Contact Alanna for:

 ·      Assessment (including surveys and focus groups)

·       Academic Department Data Packets

·       Institutional Research Website


Will DeFraine
Systems Analyst and Research Associate
Library 122

Will has a primary responsibility for internal data management and analytical reporting, including conducting, organizing, and maintaining student data files, cleaning and analyzing student surveys, and working collaboratively across campus to clarify data definitions and develop the data dictionary. He also assembles databases for the purpose of developing predictive models of student enrollment and retention. He has primary responsibility for Sound Reports. In his free time, Will enjoys photography, painting, playing bass, and satisfying his addiction to mountain summits.

Contact Will for:

·       Sound Reports

·       Internal data requests

·       Data Dictionary and Definitions