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Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2005

IU launches new university-wide planning, institutional research and accountability effort

Oct. 6, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As one of the largest and most complex research universities in the nation, Indiana University has established a new, university-wide coordinating office to improve accountability and management of public and private resources through improved planning and institutional research.

Victor M. H. Borden, currently the associate vice chancellor for information management and institutional research at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), became IU associate vice president for university planning, institutional research and accountability, effective Sept. 1.

"Today's announcement fulfills one more objective that I quickly realized was needed after my appointment as president, particularly for an institution as large and as complex as ours," said IU President Adam W. Herbert. "IU required an even more sophisticated and effective planning and institutional research capacity to support institutional advancement across eight campuses, while being an effective steward of both public and private resources."

Borden reports to Charlie Nelms, IU vice president of institutional development and student affairs.

"Vic, President Herbert and I have had several discussions regarding our collective vision for this new unit, and I am confident Indiana University will be well served by such an office," Nelms said.

Borden said the modest new central office -- called the Office of University Planning, Institutional Research and Accountability -- will coordinate a network of existing capacities, which will be combined with links to relevant research centers and will take advantage of faculty expertise across the university. University Information Technology Services, University Enrollment Services, the University Budget Office and Financial Management Services will be strategic partners.

In addition to establishing the university-wide office, an institutional research council will be formed to ensure continuous communication and responsiveness among the IU campuses.

Borden has been an associate professor of psychology at IUPUI and has adjunct appointments in the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department of the IU School of Education, the IU School of Informatics and IUPUI's University College. His primary research interests are in the areas of student progress and performance and institutional and program performance indicators. He is the author of more than 50 articles and book chapters, including the annual analysis of degrees conferred upon students of color for Black Issues in Higher Education.

His professional activities include consulting and teaching workshops on accountability and improvement, program assessment, statistics, survey research, and the use of technology for assessment, decision support and institutional analysis. He has delivered more than 150 presentations and workshops throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia.

Before coming to IUPUI in 1992, Borden developed his skills and experiences in institutional research and assessment at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and at George Mason University. He is a very active contributor to several professional organizations including the Association for Institutional Research, for which he has served as president; the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities; and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Borden earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Rochester and a master of science degree and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.