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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Dr. King to lead Office for Institutional Effectiveness

Dr. Beverly King has been named interim assistant vice chancellor for the Office for Institutional Effectiveness at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Beverly KingIn her new role, Dr. King will direct research, assessment and planning for UNCP. The office collects and analyzes data regarding students, faculty, staff, facilities and institutional programs, services and operations of the University.

Dr. King is a faculty member in the Psychology and Counseling Department. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness was formerly known as Institutional Research and Planning. She reports to Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“Beverly King brings a wealth of experience to her interim administrative assignment,” Dr. Harrington said. “Her expertise in assessment and evaluation, and her understanding of planning make her an ideal fit for this responsibility. She understands the institution, the challenges we face to integrate data into our strategic and operational planning processes, and the need for a more comprehensive and proactive approach to student learning outcomes assessment and program review. 

Dr. King will be an asset to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and the Office of the Provost,” he continued. “She will play a central role in our work to reorganize and redefine the work of this new organizational unit. I have no doubt that Dr. King will provide valuable assistance and guidance in our reorganization process.”

Dr. King was serving a yearlong administrative fellowship during the current academic year. The program took her across campus for a series of 25 interviews with top University administrators.

“I wanted to learn more about higher education administration during my fellowship year,” Dr. King said. “The survey was one of the most beneficial things I’ve done. I was able to sit down and talk one-on-one with people who are serving the University in a wide range of areas.”

Dr. King said her new role leading the research and planning for the University will be demanding.

“I am very honored to serve the University in this capacity,” Dr. King said. “When I was asked to take this position, it seemed to be a real opportunity and a challenge.

“This is a very active office with a very capable and experienced staff,” she added. “We are constantly collecting and extracting data on students, faculty and staff for routine reporting requirements but also for many special projects for the chancellor, provost and departments across campus.”

On the day of this interview, Dr. King went on a “space utilization” tour of campus facilities. It was on-the-job training, she said.

“I am learning what this office is capable of currently and seeing what we can accomplish in the future,” she said. “I also am becoming involved in the University’s ongoing Strategic Planning and Resource initiative.”

Looking into the future, Dr. King envisions an increased emphasis on the assessment process.

“Assessment of general education is an important issue and one I have been working on as a member of the general education committee here at the university,” she said. “Assessment and accountability are huge issues for the future.

“I strongly believe that a more successful general education experience would be beneficial for the retention of students,” she continued. “We need to think about how we can help our students reach their academic potentials.”

The Office for Institutional Effectiveness plays an important role in creating a climate of assessment, Dr. King said.

“Our mission is to provide the data to provide insight about what we do as a University and how effectively we are doing it,” she said.

Dr. King has broad experience in university, departmental, and community service and is an active scholar. She is an elected member of UNCP’s Faculty Senate and a member of its Academic Affairs Committee and General Education Subcommittee.  She also currently is chairing an Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum Developmental committee and serving as her department’s assessment liaison.

She is an active member of UNCP’s Speaker’s Bureau and speaks across the state on issues related to cross-cultural child development. She is currently a UNC representative to the Psychology Editorial Board of MERLOT, an online resource of learning objectives for faculty and students in higher education and she has had several chapters and articles published on topics ranging from temperament to technology.

A Tennessee native, Dr. King received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in developmental psychology and a Master of Arts degree in general psychology from East Tennessee State University. Her undergraduate degree is from Concord College in Athens, W.Va.

For more information about the Office for Institutional Effectiveness, please call 910.521.6291 or go to www.uncp.edu/ir/.

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