1. What is your job title?
Academic Programs Senior Analyst at Monash University.
2. Briefly, how would you describe your role in terms of your place in your institution?
The purpose of my role is to provide a range of complex and advanced analytical and advisory services to support the portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), which at Monash has responsibility for course and curriculum development, education policy, learning and teaching quality, and the student academic experience, among others.
3. From your perspective, what are the emerging areas of interest in institutional research?
I believe that predictive modelling will increasingly be used within institutions to identify students at risk of academic underperformance and dropout, so that appropriate early interventions may be applied. An ambitious institution may even wish to apply a similar approach to predicting graduates’ employment outcomes while they are still enrolled as students, and providing additional career support to those most in need.
4. What do you believe will be the future priorities for institutional research?
In a higher education sector increasingly characterised by funding cuts, enrolment caps and greater competition locally and abroad, institutional research is more relevant than ever. I expect that future priorities will include developing courses with relevance to students and the labour market, retaining students once they are admitted, and using data to deliver a rich and personalised student experience.
5. Complete this statement: In my role, I can’t operate effectively without…
…a vibrant and active professional network, both within and external to my institution; and coffee.
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