I retired from Indiana University at the end of August, 2010. I continue to actively engage in research and service as adjunct professor of Education Policy at the University of Illinois. I direct the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) co-located at the University of Illinois and Indiana University. My research interests include assessing student and institutional performance to enhance student success and efforts to improve the quality of the undergraduate experience. In addition, I founded the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and related surveys for law students, beginning college students, and faculty along with the NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice. I also founded the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), the first ever in-depth look at the factors that help or hinder the careers of graduates of arts-intensive training high schools and postsecondary institutions. Between 1994 and 2010 I provided leadership for the College Student Experience Questionnaire Research Program. During my 34-year career at IU I served as chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (1982-84), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education (1985-88), and Associate Dean of the Faculties for the Bloomington campus (1997-2000).
My 375+ publications and several hundred presentations are on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. In addition to High Impact Practices (2008) and Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale (2013) produced as part of the AAC&U LEAP initiative, two other recent noteworthy volumes are Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (2005, 2010) and Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: Research, Propositions, and Recommendations (2007). In addition, I've been a consultant to more than 350 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and abroad. My contributions have been recognized with awards from the American College Personnel Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education. I received the Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa, Distinguished Alumni Award and the Educational Leadership Award for Teaching from St. Cloud State University, several Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University, the Dean's Award for outstanding contributions by a faculty member to the quality of undergraduate life at IUB, and the prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award from Indiana University for a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching. A past-president of ASHE, I hold seven honorary degrees and serve on the Board of Regents at Luther College and the National Leadership Council for the Association of American College and Universities "Liberal Education and America's Promise" initiative.