John Cooper joins CBSHS as new Director of Planning, Accreditation and Analytics
John Cooper is the new Director of Planning, Accreditation, and Analytics for the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. He will report to Denise Anderson, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, and Eric Muth, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, as he supports the college in managing its commitment to various campus assessment and quality improvement initiatives and providing assistance for accreditation reviews.
In his role, he will also support college planning activities through data collection, lead training in Campus Labs®, a newly adopted assessment platform, and contribute to the development of various accountability reports.
“I am excited to be joining CBSHS because of its strong commitment to improving the lives of individuals, families, communities and societies,” Cooper said. “It’s a great time for the college as it’s still building its identity. The college has energetic leadership and a new dean. It’s just an exciting opportunity to be in the college.”
Built on the work of Kellye Rembert, who has retired, the director of planning, accreditation and analytics role is being revamped to allow the college to focus its assessment and accreditation efforts to ensure that the college is meeting its strategic goals as well as Clemson Forward goals while looking for collaboration efforts, according to Muth.
While in his role, Cooper will be using assessment and other data in decision-making and to promote continuous improvement of the college’s programs and services. Part of his work will include outreach to work with faculty and staff on assessments and improvements in their programs.
“We plan to look at initiatives in a more formalized framework and keep an eye on Clemson Forward and opportunities for collaboration, while meeting the goals of the college and the university,” Cooper said. “I look forward to serving the college as a resource in these initiatives.”
But Cooper isn’t new to the Clemson family. He joins CBSHS after serving seven years in the Clemson University Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment where he provided senior-level guidance, consultation and training to faculty members and campus leaders in assessment design and implementation. He also provided guidance and updates to the University Assessment Committee, supported the university’s past two Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accreditation cycles including the Quality Enhancement Plan, and served as co-principle investigator on multiple research grants.
This experience will help him in his role as he will work to support the college in meeting its goals.
“We are excited to welcome John to CBSHS. John comes with a wealth of experience in strategic planning, that will undoubtedly help our College build from its young, but strong foundation during a key period of leadership transition in the Dean’s office,” Muth said.
Before coming to Clemson, Cooper worked at the Medical College of Georgia, now known as Augusta University, Morehouse College and Florida State University, working with assessment, decision support, graduate studies and research.
Cooper said he is committed to life-long learning, and is currently pursuing advanced training in analytics, and teaching and learning in higher education. He earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in Higher Education from Florida State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina.