GAIRPAQ Elections Call for Nominations and Proposed Amendments

GAIRPAQ members,

The immediate past president of GAIRPAQ is responsible for the annual elections process.  Our immediate past president, Donna Hutcheson, retired from Kennesaw State University in December 2016. As her predecessor, I am stepping in to perform this function.  We are seeking nominations for the following vacancies:

  • Vice President/ President Elect: This is essentially a 3-year commitment to the Board. In the first year, the primary responsibility is to chair the annual conference. In the second year, to serve as president of the association. In the third year, to serve as immediate past president and chair the annual election process.
  • Secretary:  This is currently a 2-year commitment to the Board. The term of the current secretary concludes this year.
  • Treasurer:  This is currently a 2-year commitment to the Board. We were unsuccessful in recruiting a candidate for the office last year. Our previous treasurer is now Vice President/President Elect. I am performing the function to get us through the annual conference, but it is not a role I am able to continue.
  • 3 Members at Large: This is currently a 1-year non-renewal commitment to the Board. All openings are vacant. If the proposed Constitution amendments are passed, current incumbents may be eligible for re-election.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please let me know.

Additionally, the following proposal is offered in the spirit of collegiality, democracy and modernization. I shared some of these thoughts at the annual meeting in 2016. According to our Constitution, the attached proposal should have been circulated 30 days in advance of our annual meeting. I was not able to achieve that deadline. So, if we are to act on this proposal, we will need to do 2 things at the annual meeting:

  1. Approve a motion to suspend Article IX, Sections 1 and 2 of the Constitution in this one instance.
  2. Debate and vote on the proposal, as currently presented or as modified by discussion of the membership.

Of course, if the first motion is voted down, then the second motion will not be presented, the terms of office will remain as currently codified, and perhaps the membership will choose to revisit the issue again in the future. The attached document, entitled GAIRPAQ Elections Bylaws Constitution Extracts, contains the relevant sections highlighted in yellow that I am proposing to change. The second document, entitled GAIRPAQ Election Change Proposal 041317, describes the amendments I am recommending. The proposed new language is in red. Additionally, I have offered my rationale for each proposal in blue.

If you have comments or suggestions about the proposal, you are welcome to email me ahead of the conference. If a motion to consider the proposal is approved at the annual meeting, you will also have an opportunity to oppose the proposal and/or suggest alternatives at that time.

Thank you,


Patricia L. Gregg, Ph.D.

Immediate Past-President, GAIRPAQ

Position Announcement

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) is seeking a Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Director of Institutional Effectiveness reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for managing the College’s compliance and accreditation programs, including, but not limited to tracking and documentation of strategic planning, general educational and program assessment, instructional assessment, documentation of faculty credentials, documentation of program approvals, and other matters related to accomplishment of the College’s established mission, goals, and priorities. The Director also serves as the liaison to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and works on other accreditation efforts for the College.

ABAC is located on 516 acres of sun-splashed south Georgia countryside in Tifton, Georgia, providing an enlightening and engaging environment for its students.  Tifton has been named one of the best small towns in America.

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Position Announcement

Research Analyst II – University of Memphis

Advertised Title: Research Analyst II
Campus Location: Main Campus (Memphis, TN)
Position Number: 007580
Category Staff: (Hourly/Monthly)
Department: Institutional Research

Minimum Position Qualifications: Master’s Degree in a relevant area and five years of appropriate experience in Higher Education Research.

Special Conditions:
The department is especially interested in candidates with expert level abilities in statistical analysis and interpretations.

Work Schedule : Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
May need to work/travel beyond normal work schedule

Posting Date: 02/09/2017
Closing Date: 02/22/2017
Open Until Screening Begins: No
Hiring Range: $55,000 – $70,000 per year
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time: Benefits Eligible

Job Duties:

Assists in planning system enhancements for the Department.

Builds, tests, and documents ad hoc and scheduled information systems for campus use.

Designs and conducts statistical studies to support Department research.

Makes presentations to internal and external users regarding research programs and results.

Prepares formal statistical reports using SAS and communicates findings.

Works with data users to identify specific data requirements and assists in developing computer based solutions.

For more information please see original posting at link above or paste URL to browser:


Position Announcement

AVP AA/Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness

Fort Valley State University

Department: Academic Affairs

Position Overview: The Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs (AVPAA)/Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness (OIRPE) serves as part of the Academic Affairs Office team dedicated to supporting the mission of Fort Valley State University (FVSU), which is to advance the cause of education with emphasis upon fulfilling commitments that our community members have undertaken collectively. The successful candidate must be an exceptionally qualified, bright, energetic and innovative individual with substantial experience in areas typically found in institutional research functions in an academic setting. The AVPAA/Director of the OIRPE reports directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and will play a key role in creating an institutional culture that encourages and supports optimal effectiveness through data-driven decision-making.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Coordinate institutional effectiveness efforts for academic and non-academic units
  • Ensure compliance of academic and non-academic units with SACS standards along with standards and requirements of specialized accrediting agencies with regard to institutional effectiveness
  • Coordinate surveys, reports and other documents requiring data from the institution’s common dataset
  • Develop and maintain institutional data and disseminate it via the institutional fact book
  • Coordinate the institutional instruments used to collect, analyze and report data to enhance institutional effectiveness

Qualifications & Experience

  • A doctorate from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Five or more years of progressive leadership and management experience in administrative capacities in academic affairs and/or institutional research, planning and effectiveness
  • Knowledge of and experience with the reaffirmation of accreditation process through SACS
  • Experience in a broad array of academic affairs functional areas that demonstrates appropriate preparedness for the position
  • Deep written and organizational skills
  • Strong technical skills that include experience working with databases and software utilized to perform data analysis

Closing Date:  The position will remain open until filled, but applications received by February 15, 2017, will receive full consideration.

Salary:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

How to Apply: Send electronic copies of an application cover letter, résumé, transcripts and contact information (i.e., name, address, phone and email) for three professional references to Please reference position #1022.

Fort Valley State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate against any person because of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, creed, age, veteran status or disability.

Position Announcement (updated)

Position Title: Associate Director of Assessment and Analytics, Pos. #39002784, (Req. # STA001063), Full-time

Institution:  Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA, 30460-8126

Reports to:  Senior Associate VP-SAEM and Director-Strategic Research and Analysis

Job reports in the office of:  Strategic Research and Analysis

Application due date:  ***December 2, 2016 (updated)***

Job start date: As soon as can be arranged, preferably January 2017

Institution:        Georgia Southern University is the state’s largest and most comprehensive center of higher education south of Atlanta. With 124 degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern has been designated a Carnegie Doctoral-Research university and provides the classic residential campus experience and online learning options to over 20,500 students from 49 states and 86 nations. Georgia Southern’s nationally accredited academic programs prepare diverse scholars for leadership and service as world citizens. A unit of the University System of Georgia, the University boasts 200-plus student organizations, outstanding Division I athletics, and state-of-the art residence halls and campus facilities. Since 1906, the University’s hallmark has been a culture of engagement that bridges theory with practice, extends the learning environment beyond the classroom, and promotes student growth and life success. Georgia Southern University is a Tobacco Free Campus.

Job Duties:       IIn concert with the Senior Associate Vice President and Director for the Office of Strategic Research and Analysis, the Associate Director assists with planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating all areas of the office’s responsibilities. The Associate Director has responsibility for divisional assessment and analytics support from conception and design through data collection, analysis, and use of analytics. Essential Job


  • Provides in-depth analytical and statistical summaries in support of policy development and decision-making
  • Provides research support in the preparation of comprehensive studies and ad hoc reports
  • Compiles, analyzes/interprets, and reports assessment-related data on a wide range of SAEM/University activities
  • Works with research analysts by conducting as needed project/survey oversight, review, instruction, analyses, report production
  • Prepares and maintains project documentation


Preferred qualifications: Master’s Degree; Three or more years of progressively responsible experience in institutional research, analytics, evaluation or planning. Previous experience with Banner and Data Warehouse reporting systems/structures, as well as database management software, such as Access, Excel and SPSS or SAS; experience with GIS Software, survey software such as Qualtrics, and report writing; understanding of descriptive statistics and survey methodology

Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s Degree; five or more years related work experience; effective communication (verbal and written), organization and human relations skills; ability to work well in a diverse environment; proficiency with computer and Microsoft Office Applications software including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases; skills related to integrity in problem-solving, leadership, and communications; successful completion of background investigation prior to employment.

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with previous work experience; up to a Budgeted Maximum of $62,000

Benefits:  Benefits information:

Procedure to apply:     Please visit the Georgia Southern University employment website and complete the application process at The application process must be completed by the deadline to be considered. For more information, call the 24-hour job line at (912) 478-0629. Georgia is an open records state. Individuals in need of reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources: (912) 478-5468 or HR-TDD: (912) 478-0791. Georgia Southern University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution.

Position Announcement


West Georgia Technical College

Position:                     Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Location:                    Adamson Square – Carrollton, Georgia  

Reports to:                 College President

FLSA Designation:    Exempt

Nature of duties:  The Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness (VPIE) provides direction and oversight for institutional assessment, program assessment, student learning outcomes, institutional research, strategic planning initiatives, and continuous improvement. The VPIE serves as the college liaison to accreditation agencies. The VPIE oversees a comprehensive program of institutional research designed to support the mission of the college, to inform management decision-making, and to meet reporting requirements as mandated by state, federal, and other external agencies or as needed by stakeholders.

Major Duties:

  • Under minimal supervision, coordinates the development of program goals, objectives, policies and standards for quality at a technical college.
  • Coordinates and oversees the strategic planning process for the technical college. Analyzes and assesses the effectiveness of existing programs as well as program specific accreditations, certifications and licensures.
  • Responsible for designing and executing a plan for maintaining accreditation status for the college and academic programs.
  • Maintains the components of the Performance Accountability System (PAS) and Carl Perkins Grant.
  • Provides leadership to, and participates in, the development, implementation and evaluation of college wide continuous improvements initiatives.
  • Coordinates curriculum development at state and local level.
  • Coordinates articulation agreements.
  • Supervises research, grant activities, and other funding alternatives.
  • Represents the department at various internal and external meetings; represents the college at intercollegiate and inter-agency meetings dealing with institutional effectiveness matters.  Some travel is required.
  • Implements TCSG Policies and Procedures related to the college’s Institutional Effectiveness processes. Develops, implements, updates, and communicates to college employees College procedures related to the Institutional Effectiveness unit.
  • Manages and oversees financial/budget operation of the unit.
  • Maintains up-to-date procedures and state or federal laws that may impact department initiatives.
  • Directs and participates in the recruitment, selection, assignment of 5 assigned personnel, monitors the activities of personnel to ensure compliance with TCSG policy manual and department procedures; evaluates employees at scheduled intervals upon reviewing of all relevant information.



Minimum Qualifications:   A master’s degree *and* three years of related work experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate Degree *AND* ten (10) years full-time, paid management experience in higher education;
  • Knowledge of the mission of postsecondary vocational/technical education;
  • Working knowledge and proven experience in program assessment;
  • Working knowledge of SACSCOC;
  • Proven experience in strategic planning and implementing college wide strategic planning strategies;
  • Working knowledge of college and/or program accreditation standards, policies and procedures;
  • Experience in curriculum development;
  • Knowledge of budget development and management principles;
  • Knowledge of local demographics, regional issues, and the social culture of the community;
  • Knowledge of procedures, concepts, and research methods necessary for collection, analysis, and

administration of various means of assessment utilized in higher education setting;


Salary/Benefits:  Salary commensurate with previous work experience.  Benefits include paid state holidays, vacation, retirement, personal and sick leave, and the State of Georgia Flexible Benefits Program.


Benefits: Benefits include paid state holidays, vacation, retirement, personal and sick leave, and the State of Georgia Flexible Benefits Program.


Method of Application: Interested candidates should apply through electronic application system at: WGTC Job Center:   (


  • Applications/resumes are only accepted via the Job Center listed above.
  • Please note salary expectation on application where requested. Unofficial transcripts, resume and proof of applicable certifications/licensures are required for consideration. 


Note: Selected candidate must successfully complete a background check to include employment references, criminal history, and verification of employment.


Employment Policy: The Technical College System of Georgia and West Georgia Technical College do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam Era, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law) in educational programs, activities, admissions or employment. All applicants will be considered; however, only selected applicants may be interviewed.  Approval of employment does not constitute a contract.  Continued employment is contingent upon job performance and funding.

Position Announcement

Georgia College & State University is accepting applications for the QEP Director and Assistant Director of Assessment

The QEP Director and Assistant Director of Assessment is a full-time, 12-month position that reports to the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. This position will serve as the primary operational steward of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan* (QEP) and will be responsible for the day-to-day effectiveness of the current QEP project. This position will also be responsible for the facilitation of future QEP planning at Georgia College. Finally, this position will assist with responsibilities related to the university’s assessment of student learning, particularly relating to the assessment of general education.

The successful candidate can be eligible for faculty rank and/or status. This will be determined based on candidate credentialing.

To learn more about this position and to submit an application please visit:

Georgia College is the state’s designated public liberal arts university. We are especially interested in candidates who can work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds and whose experience, research, teaching, and service can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Hiring preference will be given to faculty who demonstrate an understanding of the University’s mission and who are enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship. In keeping with the University’s mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

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Position Announcement

Search reopened; open until filled.  Review of applications is ongoing.

Spartanburg Methodist College (SMC), a private, two-year, residential co-educational institution in the United Methodist Connection invites applications for the position of Director of Institutional Research and Assessment.  The Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, who reports to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Development, provides critical expertise and performs essential functions related to the collection, interpretation, and use of institutional data for planning, assessment, compliance, accreditation and decision-making.  The Director facilitates access to information maintained in the College’s administrative databases, provides high-quality, time sensitive reports to support College objectives and planning, and ensures that all data provided meets high standards for reliability and accuracy.

Spartanburg Methodist College offers a competitive benefit package.

Please go to the SMC website at for further details.

How to apply:  Interested persons must send a letter of application, resume, list of three references and unofficial copies of graduate transcripts to:

Director of Human Resources

Spartanburg Methodist College

1000 Powell Mill Road

Spartanburg, SC 29301

Application materials may also be submitted electronically to

Position Announcement

University of Georgia

Program Review Coordinator

Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost

The University of Georgia invites applications for the position of Program Review Coordinator in the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost.  This is a national search.  This position will report to the Senior Director for Accreditation who reports directly to the Vice Provost.  In addition, this person will work collaboratively with other offices and committees throughout the campus including the Office of Vice President for Instruction (OVPI) and the faculty Program Review and Assessment Committee (PRAC), among others.

About Program Review at the University of Georgia.  The University of Georgia (UGA) ensures institutional effectiveness through a comprehensive set of review and evaluation processes that lead to the continuous quality improvement (CQI) of the UGA’s academic programs and support units.   All UGA units that offer academic programs to students are reviewed on a seven-year cycle under the Academic Program Review Process.   Administrative and support units are reviewed under a related Support Unit Review process.  UGA’s review and evaluation policies and procedures are designed to meet expectations of the University System of Georgia (USG) and the Principles of Accreditation of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  Program reviews are comprehensive and forward-looking, guiding the future development of individual programs and the units that offer those programs. They incorporate and build on related, ongoing processes such as annual reporting, student learning outcomes assessment, strategic planning, and external accreditation review.  Central elements of the program review process include a thorough self-study by the unit under review; an evaluation by a team of faculty external to the unit, which leads to a report with recommendations that inform decision-making and the allocation of resources; and follow-up with administrators responsible for the unit.   Please note that the current policies and procedures are subject to updates and revisions.  Therefore, the overall responsibilities of the Program Review Coordinator may be revised over time to accommodate these changes.

About the Program Review Coordinator.  We seek a highly organized, collaborative individual who possesses experience with institutional effectiveness in a higher education environment.  Excellent oral, written, and technical presentation and communication skills are required. 

Minimum Qualifications 

Qualified candidates must have all the following qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.
  • At least two years of experience working in higher education in a college/school, center or institute, or central administration in the general areas of assessment, evaluation, and/or review of academic or support unit programs.
  • A working knowledge of assessment of student learning outcomes, program review, and institutional effectiveness.
  • The ability to use standard qualitative and quantitative software (such as SAS, SPSS, or STATA) and the ability to design and implement surveys using standard survey software.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the expectations of SACSCOC and the University System of Georgia (USG) as they relate to program review and CQI.
  • Demonstrated ability with project management and the ability to organize and coordinate multiple, simultaneous projects at moderate to high levels of complexity to positive outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with faculty and administrators.
  • Demonstrated commitment to accuracy, details, and deadlines.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. 

Preferred Qualifications 

The preferred candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Master’s degree, especially in a field that stresses program evaluation or qualitative/quantitative research, and CQI.
  • Experience with a range of quantitative and qualitative methods used to assess learning outcomes and institutional effectiveness.
  • Experience working in a large, public R-1 university setting.
  • Experience or strong working knowledge of the expectations of SACSCOC and the University System of Georgia (USG) as they relate to program review and CQI.

Estimated Percentage of Time/Responsibilities

40%    Coordinate Academic Program Review at the University of Georgia.  Serve as the point person at UGA and manage and track the review process as defined in the UGA Program Review Policy and Guidelines from initial notification of units through follow-up reporting.   During the entire process, the Program Review Coordinator will serve as the liaison between the PRAC and the units under review.   The Program Review Coordinator will coordinate with the Office of Institutional Research to maintain and incorporate data sources as needed to support program reviews.

30%    Coordinate Academic and Administrative Support Unit Review at the University of Georgia.  Serve as the point person at UGA and manage and track the review process as defined in the UGA Academic and Support Unit Policy from initial notification of units through follow-up reporting.  During the entire process, the Program Review Coordinator will serve as the liaison between the Provost’s Office and the support unit under review.  The Program Review Coordinator will coordinate with the Office of Institutional Research to maintain and incorporate data sources as needed to carry out the review of the support unit.

20%    Support the ongoing work of PRAC, the Office of Accreditation, the OVPI, and the various UGA committees that support CQI and institutional effectiveness.

10%    Accept other responsibilities as necessary that are consistent with advancing CQI at UGA.

Applications must be submitted online at The application packet should include a current vitae or resume, a cover letter explaining how the candidate’s experience and skills match the qualifications listed above, and a list of three professional references (who will not be contacted without prior communication with the candidate).  Additional writing samples may be requested by the search committee.  A rolling search process will be utilized, and the position will remain opened until filled. However, interested and qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by April 21, 2016.  The planned start date is tentatively June 15, 2016.

The official title of this position is “Program Review Coordinator” (title code:  11943).   The salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience with the expected salary range from $39,584 (minimum) to $74,557 (maximum).

Questions or other inquiries should be directed to Maggie Parker, Search Committee Chair,

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.