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Improving Institutional Effectiveness - Higher Education Data Expert Provides Insight during Webinar Series this Fall

Apperson to host four-part webinar series with Dr. W. Allen Richman, Senior Director for Research at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
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Charlotte N.C. – Aug. 18, 2017 – For colleges and universities, data is critical to everything from accreditation to student retention. Improving the effectiveness of an institution often means being smarter about how to gather, analyze and use that data. Dr. W. Allen Richman, senior director of research for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, will discuss how to use technology to improve the institutional effectiveness of a college or university during a free, four-part, live webinar series starting Sept. 7, 2017 and hosted by assessment company Apperson.

The webinar series “Improve Your Institutional Effectiveness by Using Technology to Work Smarter” will focus on using technology to improve data collection and analysis research, and student retention. To register, visit

Dr. Richman serves as senior director for research at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, an accrediting organization serving higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. He previously served as Interim Dean of Planning, Assessment and Institutional Research at Prince George’s Community College where he oversaw the implementation of an institution-wide assessment initiative for the continuous improvement of courses, programs and the institution as a whole. He has also worked as an assistant professor and assessment coordinator for Macon State College.

“Data is so important in higher education. Our goal is to help colleges and universities work smarter by leveraging technology to harness the full potential of that data in order to truly move their institution forward,” said Bill Apperson, chairman of the board of Apperson. “Dr. Richman has deep experience and expertise on this topic and we are pleased to help him share this knowledge through this webinar series.”

The webinar series will include:

·Part 1 – 2 p.m. Eastern Time Sept. 7, 2017: Creating Systems for Better Data Analysis. Dr. Richman will discuss how to systemize processes within administration so everyone knows who is handling which tasks, and bigger-picture issues of technology and system integration on campus.

·Part 2 – 2 p.m. Eastern Time Sept. 27, 2017: Using Technology for Just-in-Time Data. Dr. Richman will discuss the growing data demands that colleges and universities face and how they can adopt systematic approaches to data collection in order to share data efficiently and quickly.

·Part 3 – 2 p.m. Eastern Time Oct. 19, 2017: Institutional Research Requires a Systematic Approach to Data. Dr. Richman will discuss the changes in institutional research and how universities and colleges can stay ahead of these changes.

·Part 4 – 2 p.m. Eastern Time Nov. 8, 2017: Using Data to Improve Student Retention. Dr. Richman will discuss the shift in higher education from merely counting students to tracking their progress over time and how colleges and universities can use data to help students stay in school and earn a degree.

Apperson is offering this webinar series as part of its commitment to advancing educational and professional development by providing services and solutions to assess performance and measure success in K-12 and higher education. Webinar participants will have an opportunity to apply to participate in a free pilot of Apperson’s DataLink Ascend in the coming school year.

About Apperson

Apperson’s testing and assessment solutions combine the proven reliability of scanning technology with powerful reporting and analytical software to measure and drive student success. Apperson provides testing products for all schools’ needs, from kindergarten to higher education. The company’s DataLink Ascend software application changes lives for the better, saving educators’ time by aiding with the grading and learning process. Apperson’s solutions help to marry technology to raw data, resulting in informed decision-making for educators that improve student performance and success. For more information, visit



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