Braden Hosch, associate vice president for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness, will serve in a new, expanded role as Stony Brook University’s vice president for Educational and Institutional Effectiveness.
In this new role, Hosch will report to both the president and provost. As a dual reporting line, his office will maintain support to all divisions that report to the president, and will align institutional effectiveness with educational effectiveness. In their message to the community, President Maurie McInnis and Provost Carl Lejuez detailed the benefits of this new role and highlighted Hosch’s strengths in higher education institutional research and data analysis.
“This arrangement will enhance the university’s ability to comprehensively evaluate and strengthen its position as a flagship, AAU institution that serves as a first-choice destination for students, faculty, and staff,” McInnis said. “Braden has transformed the way we organize, analyze, and utilize institutional data and we are fortunate to continue to benefit from his expertise in this expanded capacity.”
“Braden has already been an essential partner with academic affairs,” Lejuez said. “It will further strengthen our partnership by adding the Provost’s Office as a reporting line, formalizing his role in supporting data-driven decision making in our academic mission.”
This change supports a number of critical functions for the university, most timely being the Middle States accreditation process. This new vice president position will oversee the Office of Educational Effectiveness, which is leading a number of efforts related to accreditation, assessment, and other key academic outcomes.
“I am pleased to take on this new role and expand my office’s collaboration with academic affairs, and draw stronger connections in our data across the enterprise,” said Hosch. “I look forward to continuing to serve the university with an additional emphasis on accreditation, and other key academic measures.”
Hosch has overseen the integration of institutional research and business intelligence on the campus; led adoption of a data governance structure at Stony Brook University; and served as chair of the University’s Data Governance Council for the last five years. In addition, he has published on topics as diverse as how to create a university data strategy, the impact of big data on decision-making in higher education, the impact of motivation on student learning outcome assessment, benchmarking sources in higher education, and inconsistencies in how institutions determine student living costs.
He is also well-recognized as a national leader in higher education institutional research and effectiveness. He is the Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and also serves on the Data Policy Advisory Committee for the Commission for Information Management and Analysis (CIMA) of the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU). Dr. Hosch has previously served as a national educator on Federal data collection policies and practices, the Finance Chair of the Steering Committee for the Northeast Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR), an appointed member of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative, and an Executive Committee member for CIMA. He holds a PhD and an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from the University of Texas-Dallas, and a BA from Swarthmore College.