Research Activity

The IRA office aims to establish Howard University as a thought leader in professional IR and Assessment organizations at the regional, national, and global levels.

Recent research activity

UNCF HBCU Data Advisory Group membership

Since March 2023, Director of IR Sammara Vanlo has been serving as a member of the United Negro College Fund's HBCU Data Advisory group. The group exists to be a community of practice among HBCU data practitioners and leaders, facilitate networking, and strengthen partnerships on data-related issues.

Growing Capacity to Leverage Big Data is Advancing Equity

Assessment Day 2024

The Assessment Team hosted the second annual Assessment Day conference on April 17, 2024. The Assessment Team were joined by representatives from CETLA, Office of Data Analytics, and the Data Science graduate program to discuss various assessment topics and strategies. The keynote was led by Dr. Anne Lundquist of the Hope Center at Temple University.

For a summary of the conference, click the link below:

Paper presentation at the AERA conference

Graduate Assistant Alexus Laster attended the 2024 Annual Conference hosted by the American Education Research Association (AERA) and presented her ongoing research. 

Webinar on Assessing Assessment

Assessment Coordinator Pavithra Suresh was featured on a webinar hosted by The Chronicle of Higher Education and Watermark Insights on the processing of assessing assessment. Pavithra spoke about IRA's Annual Assessment Academy (AAA) and the Interdisciplinary Evaluation and Assessment Society (IDEAS). The webinar can be viewed by clicking here.

Poster presentation at Middle States Commission on Higher Education's Annual Conference

Associate Provost Dr. Daphne Bernard, Director of IR Sammara Vanlo, Director of IE Taneika Thompson, and Graduate Assistant Alexus Laster all attended the 2023 Annual Conference hosted by Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Alexus presented a poster entitled "Exploring the Holistic Needs of an Invisible Population: A Systematic Literature Review of Undergraduate Parenting Students," which explored the micro- to macro-level needs of parenting students and offered comprehensive institutional recommendations.