About OSPR Professional Support

Lets 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, especially, MS ACCESS; 
  • 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, but also Google or MS Forms and Formstack;
  • 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.
  • Please contact us to access survey data or reports for the following surveys or follow the link where provided:
  1. Sexual Conduct & Campus Safety Survey - 2014, 2016, or 2018
  2. Community Service Needs Assessment: A Civic Engagement Survey  - 2016 & 2018
  3. CORE: Alcohol & Drug Use Survey - an anonymous survey conducted every other spring since 2002 to 2018
  4. Fraternity and Sorority Experience Survey- April 2016
  5. Outcomes Survey - First-destination survey of graduates updated at regular intervals 
  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
  9. Campus Climate "Speak Your Truth" Survey - conducted in 2018 

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

portrait of Jennifer Lowman

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. Occasionally, she 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; believes DIY is the only way to truly live; and can be found in her garden. 

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

Dr. Lisa Maletsky supports the Division of Student Services by consulting on program planning and assessment, and conducting mixed methods data collection, management, and analysis. Additionally, she oversees campus-wide survey initiatives including the Sexual Conduct and Campus Safety survey and the Civic Engagement survey, creating reports and PowerBi dashboards for the Career Outcomes survey, and serving on the Climate Study (Speak your Truth) committee. Her research interests include violence prevention and college student development. Dr. Maletsky also acts independently of her position at UNR as a program evaluation consultant for local non-profit agencies. She completed her doctoral work in the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Nevada. Previous evaluation career experiences include work for the National Joint Fire Science Consortium and the State of Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Lisa keeps the office stocked with plums, loves her yappy dogs & kids, and enjoys a good political debate.