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Last modified: Tuesday, January 26, 2010

National Student Clearinghouse appoints Hossler as executive director

Jan. 26, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The National Student Clearinghouse has appointed Indiana University School of Education Professor Donald Hossler as executive director of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC).

The NSCRC is the non-profit organization that maintains a comprehensive registry of higher education student data. Hossler will remain on the faculty at IU, splitting his time as he continues to teach graduate classes and conduct research. His appointment starts Feb. 8.

Hossler is an internationally-recognized expert on issues of college choice, student financial aid policy, enrollment management and higher education finance. The Clearinghouse, based in Herndon, Va., is the nation's trusted source for degree and enrollment information and provides reporting, verification and research services for more than 3,300 colleges and universities, representing more 92 percent of the nation's post-secondary enrolled students.

As the organization's executive director, Hossler will oversee the Research Center's operations, strategies and delivery of its public service mission. Hossler has directed the Project on Academic Success (PAS), part of the IU Center for Postsecondary Research (CPR). In his new role, IU faculty and staff from PAS and CPR will assist in future projects.

The NSCRC collaborates with higher education institutions, states, school districts, individual high schools, educational organizations and the U.S. Department of Education as part of a national effort to better inform education leaders and policymakers.

Currently, Hossler is the executive associate dean for the School of Education at IU Bloomington. In addition, he is professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and the coordinator of the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate programs. Hossler also has served as the vice chancellor for IU Bloomington's Enrollment Services, the associate vice president for Enrollment Services for the seven campuses of the Indiana University system, and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has received career achievement awards for his research and scholarship from the American College Personnel Association, the Association for Institutional Research and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

"We're delighted to work in partnership with the National Student Clearinghouse for Don to assume the NSCRC executive director's role," IU School of Education Dean Gerardo Gonzalez said. "He's eminently qualified to lead the Clearinghouse's national research efforts to develop data systems needed to implement policies and practices that enhance college preparation, access and success. His work will also help inform the preparation of future scholars in this area at IU and throughout the country."

During his long and distinguished career, Hossler has consulted with dozens of colleges, universities and related educational organizations. He has presented more than 130 scholarly papers and lectures and authored or co-authored 12 books and monographs and more than 65 articles and book chapters. His areas of specialization include college choice, student persistence, student financial aid policy and enrollment management. He currently directs funded projects of The College Board, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Spencer Foundation focusing on student success and persistence.


The National Student Clearinghouse (a non-profit formed in 1993) is the unique and trusted source for higher education enrollment and degree verifications. The Clearinghouse serves as a single point of contact for the collection and timely exchange of accurate and comprehensive enrollment, degree and certificate records on behalf of its more than 3,300 participating higher education institutions, which represent more than 92 percent of the national enrollment.

Through its verification and reporting services, the Clearinghouse saves higher education institutions cumulatively more than $100 million dollars annually. Most Clearinghouse services are provided to colleges and universities at little or no charge, including enhanced transcript and research services, enabling institutions to redistribute limited staff and budget resources to more important student service efforts. All Clearinghouse services are operated in full compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

In addition, the Clearinghouse provides accurate FERPA compliant verifications to student loan providers, employers, student credit issuers, student health insurance providers, the U.S. Department of Education and others who access its registry more than 100 million times annually.