Making It Real: Data in a Time of Crisis – Adaptations and Innovations

Event Date: 
Thu, 05/14/2020 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Making It Real: Data in a Time of Crisis

Thursday, May 14, 2020 
12:00 - 12:45pm Pacific Time


Every day institutions are grappling with new realities, responding to unprecedented circumstances, and shaping plans in radically unfamiliar environments. Understanding and measuring the effectiveness of action and response have taken on new levels of significance. Data-informed decision making has moved even more to the center as we make hard choices and model complex effects.

Join us for a pragmatic exploration of data’s integral place in institutional self-assessment and accreditation peer review as WSCUC’s Jamienne S. Studley and Stephanie Huie engage in conversation with quality and evidence superstars Amelia Parnell, NASPA’s Vice President for Research and Policy and Archie P. Cubarrubia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Deputy Director for Institutional Transformation in the Postsecondary Success Team.


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Amelia Parnell

Amelia Parnell is vice president for research and policy at NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, where she leads many of the Association’s scholarly and advocacy-focused activities. Amelia writes and speaks frequently about topics related to student affairs, college affordability, student learning outcomes, and institutions’ use of data and analytics. Amelia’s policy and practitioner experiences include prior roles in association management, legislative policy analysis, internal audit, and TRIO programs. Her research portfolio includes studies of leadership in higher education, with a focus on college presidents and vice presidents and she is a co-editor of the book, The Analytics Revolution in Higher Education: Big Data, Organizational Learning, and Student Success. Amelia currently serves on the board of directors for EDUCAUSE and is an advisor to several other higher education organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University and masters and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Florida A & M University. 

Archie P. Cubarrubia

Dr. Archie P. Cubarrubia serves as Deputy Director, Institutional Transformation in the Postsecondary Success Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He has worked to improve student success and institutional effectiveness for nearly two decades and from multiple vantage points—from institutional leadership to federal policymaking to state policy advocacy. He previously served as Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness at Miami Dade College, where he led the institution’s strategic planning, institutional research, policy analysis, assessment and evaluation, and quality assurance activities. He also previously served at the U.S. Department of Education, leading the agency’s high-priority and high-profile activities related to postsecondary access, affordability, and accountability under the Bush and Obama Administrations. He oversaw the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative and directed research and development activities for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). He was also the Designated Federal Official for the federal advisory committee on Measures of Student Success under former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and as principal analyst for former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings’ Commission on the Future of Higher Education. A lifelong student advocate and national expert on postsecondary policy, programs, and data, he earned his B.S. in health studies and Ed.M. in policy, planning, and administration from Boston University and his Ed.D. in higher education administration from The George Washington University.

Jamienne S. Studley

Jamienne S. Studley became the sixth president of the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), a higher education association committed to student success and a regional accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education to approve institutions at the bachelor’s degree level and above in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Rim, in January 2018. Throughout her career in higher education leadership and policy, public service, civil rights advocacy, and nonprofit management, she has worked to advance equity, access and opportunity, and public engagement and is respected for listening, collaboration, and building bridges. Ms. Studley was deputy undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education from 2013 to 2016 and acted as under secretary and assistant secretary for postsecondary education. She was on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI) from 2008 to 2013 (chair, 2011-13), and earlier was the department’s deputy and then acting general counsel (1993-1999). She also served as president of Skidmore College and Associate Dean & Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She has been professor of practice (public policy), Mills College; adjunct faculty, UC Berkeley and Stanford Law Schools; board member, Association of American Colleges & Universities; and Visiting Committee, Harvard Law School. A graduate of Barnard College (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa) and Harvard Law School, Ms. Studley also served as National Policy Advisor for Beyond 12 and a consultant on institutional effectiveness, accreditation, and leadership. Ms. Studley's nonprofit experience includes CEO and now President Emerita of Public Advocates Inc. and executive director of the National Association for Law Placement. She serves on the boards of KQED and the Foundation for Student Success. Her volunteer activities have included chair of the San Francisco Ethics Commission and Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund; co-chair, California Civil Rights Coalition; co-founder, Washington Area Women’s Foundation and Collectors of Wood Art, and board member, SF Education Fund, Mills College, American Craft Council, and Museum of Craft and Design (SF).

Stephanie Huie

Dr. Stephanie Huie, Vice President, joined WSCUC in January 2020. She came to WASC from The University of Texas System Administration where she served as vice chancellor for the Office of Institutional Research and Analysis. Dr. Huie is recognized for her work in leading the development of comprehensive information for students and families to make academic and financial decisions to support post-graduation employment and success. Prior to joining The University of Texas System, she served in several roles at Huston-Tillotson University: interim associate provost for academic affairs, director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, and accreditation liaison. She led major initiatives such as revision of the strategic plan and successful application for reaffirmation with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Prior to her work in higher education administration, Dr. Huie worked as a research professional for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and for Southwestern Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL). Her undergraduate degree is in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also received her master's and doctoral degrees in sociology. She is a graduate of Harvard University's Institute for Education Management (IEM) and has completed the planning certification program through the Society for College and University Planners (SCUP). Dr. Huie’s responsibilities include guiding WSCUC’s implementation under a major Lumina Foundation grant.