About OSPR Professional Support

Let's talk about your co-curricular assessment and research needs. Brainstorming is our favorite activity! 

We can help you at any stage of the assessment & research process. That said, the earlier you include us in your planning process, the better we can make an assessment meet your needs. Let us help you plan to collect actionable data.

  • Planning Activities: Logic models and action plans; database design and management to support data analysis; 
  • Exploratory assessments: Needs assessments; culture and climate research;
  • Outcomes assessments and program evaluations: learning outcomes assessment, especially articulating SLOs; rubric development;
  • Research methods: Survey design and methods; focus groups; experimental and quasi-experimental methods; interviewing methods; 
  • Survey design in CAPI environments, especially Qualtrics & Survey Monkey;
  • Statistical techniques, including ANOVA, regression methods, path analysis, SEM/MSEM, and longitudinal data analysis;
  • Analysis in Excel with pivot tables, but also SPSS, STATA, MPLUS;
  • IRB protocols & identifying or accessing existing institutional data.
  • Access to survey data or reports for the following surveys:
  1. Sexual Conduct & Campus Safety Survey - November 2014 & November 2016
  2. Community Service Needs Assessment: A Civic Engagement Survey  - May 2016
  3. CORE: Alcohol & Drug Use Survey - an anonymous survey conducted every other spring since 2002 to 2016
  4. Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey- April 2016
  5. Outcomes Survey - First-destination survey of graduates updated at regular intervals - 2015 & 2016
  6. MAPWORKS- A freshman transition survey conducted each fall from 2009 to 2015
  7. CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) - Incoming freshman survey conducted during orientation every other year since 2007
  8. NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) - freshman and seniors are invited to assess engagement on campus conducted every few years since 2003

Jennifer Lowman, Ph.D., Director of Student Persistence Research. Email me today.

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Dr. Lowman supports mixed methods program and learning outcomes assessment for co-curricular programs and student services at Nevada. She conducts original research for the improvement of student persistence, progress, graduation, and career preparation and occasionally teaches courses on research methods, statistics, and a variety of sociological and educational topics. Dr. Lowman also consults locally, independent of her University position, to support assessment, program evaluation, and data-use in community service programs. Previous career experiences include survey design and deployment with the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey and doctoral work in the University of Nevada, Reno's Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. program. Jennifer is married to a local science teacher; she's raising two kids to be tree-hugging liberals; and believes DIY is the only way to truly live. 

Lisa Maletsky, MPH, Coordinator of Student Persistence Research. Email me today!

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Lisa Maletsky is a fourth year doctoral student in Interdisciplinary Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. In her position as coordinator, she conducts mixed methods program assessment and data analysis for co-curricular programs and student services at Nevada. As a doctoral student, she conducts original research on sexual assault and bullying prevention, organizational factors that contribute to youth leadership, and prevention programming outreach. Additionally, she is an independent program evaluation consultant for local non-profit agencies; most recently, she completed an assessment of a pilot of the Green Dot program at a Washoe County high school. When not at work or school, Lisa enjoys her free time...just kidding, Lisa has no free time.