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Michael Dooris

B.S., Economics, Penn State
M.B.A, University of Rhode Island
1992 - Ph.D., Higher Education, Penn State


Director of Planning, Research & Assessment
Center for Quality and Planning
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA


Michael Dooris provides research and analysis support for university-level planning and decision making. Responsibilities include institutional research on a variety of topics such as strategic performance indicators, factors affecting undergraduate degree completion, instructional workload, faculty tenure flow, and part-time/full-time faculty demographics. He has been at Penn State since 1981 in a variety of positions, including in the university budget office and in academic affairs. Earlier professional experience includes information systems consultant at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Hartford, CT, and survey statistician at the U.S. Census Bureau, Washington, D.C.

He is an affiliate associate professor in Penn State's higher education graduate program, in which he teaches and serves on masters and doctoral committees. Publications have appeared in The Review of Higher Education, Assessment Update, NACUBO Business Officer, Proceedings of the American Economic Association, Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Planning for Higher Education, New Directions for Institutional Research, and a variety of other edited volumes, and have earned professional society and journal awards. He has consulted on strategic planning and institutional research in Europe and Africa, with numerous U.S. presentations and workshops. He was a CIC Academic Leadership Fellow in 1997-98.