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Amanda Olsen selected for selective research institute

UTA College of Education Professor Amanda Olsen has been accepted and assigned to a research group for the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Data Institute: Using Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education, operated by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). The Institute provides individuals from state and federal agencies, as well as entities of higher education, an intensive introduction to NCES datasets and research methodologies. Only 36 of the 110 applicants were selected.

The institute runs for one semester and consists of three separate components: a five-week introductory online course covering NCES datasets and appropriate methodologies; a fifteen-week capstone project grouping participants from across the country into interest groups of six, along with a mentor, to design and implement a study using an NCES dataset; and finally a three-day meeting in Washington, D.C. to present results, develop dissemination plans and receive an orientation about the U.S. Department of Education, the Institute of Education Sciences, NCES, and the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative.

“Dr. Olsen is doing cutting-edge work in education statistics and I'm thrilled for her opportunity to participate in this highly selective data institute,” said Dr. Teresa Taber Doughty, dean of the College of Education at UTA. “It speaks volumes about the outstanding quality of her current work and the potential professional impact she will have in the future.”

“I am excited to represent UTA’s College of Education at the NCES Data Institute,” said Dr. Olsen. “I will have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varying educational organizations and academic institutions to investigate research questions that will impact students both in Texas and across the United States. A special thank you to mentors and colleagues who have ignited and supported my interest in large scale datasets.”

AIR is a global association that empowers higher education professionals at all levels to utilize data, analytics, information, and evidence to make decisions and take actions that benefit students and institutions and improve higher education.

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