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In addition to reporting and analyzing existing data, OPIE team members can also assist in the collection of data to answer questions relating to the extent to which the institution is achieving its mission, vision, and values. In addition, these team members serve as partners in the interpretation of findings and determination of how they can be used to inform specific continuous-improvement efforts. OPIE team members can also assist in the design and implementation of initiatives aimed at (1) judging the value of an innovative practice and (2) assuring that expectations relating to quality educational experiences are met and related protocols are followed. Contact OPIE ( to for copies of reports and papers, to request a new project, and/or to collaborate on a project.

White Papers

The OPIE team completes white papers and rigorous environmental scans on topics of stakeholder interest to help inform continuous improvement efforts. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Best Practices in Demographic Data Collection
  • IRB Common and Best Practices
  • Personalized Learning Experiences

Research Projects

The OPIE team works to collaborate with stakeholders to conduct research projects to examine trends, answer institutional questions, and look for opportunities for improvement. Examples of projects include, but are not limited to:

Dissertation Quality of Learning Assessment

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Continuously improving the dissertation experience at NCU

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The Impact of Academic Coaching Across the Graduate Program Trajectory

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OPIE Review Opportunities & Actions

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Publications, Presentations, & Collaborations

The OPIE team is actively engaged in collaborative research related to our office and in support of institutional needs. We encourage collaborations (e.g., pilots, presentations, papers) with students, faculty, and staff. We are grateful for these experiences and welcome more! Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Babcock, A., Lehan, T. J., & Hussey, H. D. (2018, April). Speaking the same assessment language in and out of the classroom. Poster presented at the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Academic Resource Conference in Burlingame, CA.
  • Babcock, A., Lehan, T. J., & Hussey, H. D. (2019). Mind the gap: An online learning center’s needs assessment. The Learning Assistance Review, 24(1), 27-49. Available at:
  • Hussey, H. D., Babcock, A., & Lehan, T. J. (2020). If at first you don’t succeed, try closing another assessment loop: Implementing online co-curricular assessment. Open Praxis, 12(3), 425-436. Available at:
  • Lehan, T., & Hussey, H. D. (2021). To conceal or reveal? An experiential activity. In Wong, M.S., Weiner, L., Cerniak, J., & Yee, L.T.S. (Eds.), Incorporating diversity in classroom settings: Real and engaging examples for various psychology courses. (Vol 2: Intersectionality) (pp. 44-49). Available at the Society for the Teaching of Psychology website:
  • Lehan, T., Hussey, H. D. & Babcock, A. (2020). Mission unaccomplished: Beyond “talk[ing] a good game” to promote diversity and inclusion. Journal of Educational Research and Practice, 10, 167–184.
  • Lehan, T. J., Hussey, H. D., & Hotz, T. (2021). Factors associated with online doctoral student success: A critical integrative review of the literature. Current Issues in Education, 22(2). Available at:
  • Lehan, T. J., Hussey, H. D., & Shriner, M. (2018). The influence of academic coaching on persistence in online graduate students. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 26(3), 298-304.
  • McGuire, J., Lehan, T., & Hussey, H. D. (2021, January). Trends in the provision of disability services online. Virtual presentation. AAC&U Revolutionizing Higher Education after COVID-19.
  • Willerton, E., & Hussey, H. D. (2020, November). Faculty (dis)Use of Learning Outcome Assessments. Virtual presentation. The 45th Annual California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference.
  • Willerton, E., Hussey, H. D., & Watters, Y. (2021). Creating and maintaining psychology research culture in an online environment. In J. Cerniak, M.S. Wong & L.H. Rosen (Eds)., Teaching psychology online (pp. 162-176). Society for the Teaching of Psychology.