About the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) is located on the fourth floor of Sprague, just around the corner from the dean of the faculty’s office.

Laura Palucki Blake

Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Laura responds to external and internal requests for college data, manages the administration of many institutional surveys, provides institutional and benchmarking data, and together with the data team, develops policies and practices to ensure institutional data integrity.  Laura also works with the Assessment and Accreditation Committee, the Teaching Learning Committee, departments and programs, and the academic leadership of the college to act on evidence of student learning, and provides guidance on grant project evaluations and program review.

Kevin Bianco

Research Analyst

Kevin provides technical, organizational and analytical support for data reporting needs of the college. He works with both the Office of the Registrar and the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness to define, develop and document data resources and processes that support institutional planning, analysis and process improvement. A member of the data team, Kevin works in close collaboration with both offices and is located in the institutional research office.

The OIRE works closely with the director of academic operations and the Office of the Registrar. You can contact the entire data team via email at data@hmc.edu.

Eric Ditwiler

Associate Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Eric works closely with OIRE to retrieve data from institutional databases. As a member of the data team he actively participates in analysis. He is the IPEDS keyholder. He explores ways of using technology to enhance learning and the assessment of learning, with particular emphasis on building database infrastructure for administrative and institutional research functions. Eric also administers student evaluations of teaching and supervises the machine and electronics shop. In addition to staffing the Assessment and Accreditation, Curriculum and Faculty Budget Committees, Eric also serves as secretary to the Faculty and Secretary to the Academic Deans Committee of The Claremont Colleges. Eric’s office is located on the first floor of Sprague.