Contact Institutional Research Staff


Ellen Peters

Ellen Peters
Associate Provost for Institutional Research, Planning and Student Success
Jones 106C

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, oversees student success efforts, and is the accreditation liaison officer. Ellen collaborates across campus to provide recommendations and solutions that will ultimately achieve strategic and operational goals and objectives outlined in the university’s Strategic Plan. In addition to her service on several local boards, she serves on the board of the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS). In her spare time, Ellen is a thespian, and loves film, cooking, and reading.  

Contact Ellen for:

·       Student success initiatives

·       Use of data and information for planning

·       National issues

·       Accreditation


Alanna Muir

Alanna Muir
Assistant Director for Assessment
Jones 106F

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. 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

·       Data to support tenure-line requests


Will DeFraine

Will DeFraine
Associate Director for Data Science
Jones 106E

Will has a primary responsibility for internal data management and analytical reporting, including maintaining student data files, developing predictive models of student enrollment and retention, maintaining and publishing our internal Sound Reports, analyzing student surveys (e.g., NSSE), and assisting Technology Services in building our data warehouse and onboarding Tableau Server. Will co-chairs the Data Standards Committee and works collaboratively across campus to develop the data dictionary. He also is responsible for external reporting (e.g., IPEDS, Common Data Set). He also helps manage student staff members and provides data science training (e.g., R/RStudio, statistics). In his free time, Will enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, photography, painting, playing bass, and satisfying his addiction to mountain summits.

Contact Will for:

·       Sound Reports, IPEDS, Common Data Set

·       Internal data requests

·       Data dictionary and definitions