About Institutional Research

The fundamental mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to collect, analyze, and disseminate information for decision-making, assessment, enrollment management, and planning activities that support the realization of the Becker College strategic vision. In this capacity, IR assumes primary responsibility for analyzing and interpreting data about the performance of the College.

Key Functions

  • Serves as the primary provider of accurate and consistent information related to Becker College
  • Provides reporting  to government and non-government agencies
  • Supports the information demands of strategic planning and accreditation
  • Provides consultation on the best practices in institutional research, planning, and assessment

Yun Xiang 144 x 180Director

Yun Xiang, Ph.D. is the director of Institutional Research at Becker College. Dr. Xiang and her team aim to transform data into clear, timely, and digestible information that inspires a culture of data-informed decision-making.

Dr. Xiang received her Ph.D. in Educational Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from Boston College and her master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction from Boston University. Prior to joining Becker College, she worked as the Director of Research and Development at Dipont Education Management Group and as a research scientist at Northwest Evaluation Association. Previously, Dr. Xiang worked as a college consultant to construct longitudinal data sets and provide trend analysis and predictive analysis. She recently served as an evaluator in helping a group of faculty at the University of Texas-Pan American to win a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Xiang has published a number of articles and reports in the field of educational research and data analytics. Her recent proposal to the Association for Institutional Research, “Enhancing the Quality of Predictive Modeling on College Enrollment,” was accepted and will be presented in June, 2016.

Vera Mauk 144 x 180Research Analyst

Vera Mauk is the research analyst in the Office of Institutional Research at Becker College. She joined the Becker Community in 2015 with more than a decade of applied research experience.

Mauk worked as the associate director of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona; as the senior research analyst at The College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass.; as a professional expert at Los Angeles Unified School District’s Program Evaluation and Research Branch (PERB); as an observer for Public/Private Ventures; data liaison for Policy Studies Associates; and as a research associate at Pomona College. She earned her master’s degree in Applied Developmental Psychology from Claremont Graduate University and her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Stonehill College.

For more information, contact:

Office of Institutional Research
Becker College
Weller Academic Center
61 Sever St.
Worcester, MA 01609


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