The Graduate School recently announced that Cairen Withington has joined the staff as Director of Program Review and Effectiveness. Withington will work to ensure that the Graduate School fulfills its mandates to perform comprehensive reviews of all graduate programs, to ensure that academic leaders have the data they need to set goals and improve program effectiveness, and to continue the Graduate School’s recent efforts to collaborate with academic units to ensure the best possible outcomes for graduate students.

Cairen Withington, Director of Graduate Program Review and Effectiveness
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Withington comes to the Graduate School from the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network, a research and outreach center on campus, where she was assistant academic director for research, evaluation, and public relations.  She holds an MA in Economics, specializing in the economics of human capital and education, and a BA in English.  She has more than 25 years of experience working with data collection, management, and analyses across a variety of disciplines, having worked in a number of colleges and departments across campus.  Withington has also taught as an adjunct instructor and is an experienced researcher and program evaluator, and has written or coauthored numerous reports and publications currently used as resources in states across the nation.

“Cairen brings a thoughtful and collaborative mindset to this very important position,” said Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Jason W. Osborne. “She will be a tremendous asset as we work with programs to improve quality and effectiveness.  She will be a valuable partner to faculty and leaders across campus.”