Senior Research Analyst - Institute for Competency-Based Education

Texas A&M University-Commerce
Texas, United States
$65,000.00 - $65,000.00
Nov 19, 2020
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time


The Senior Research Analyst for Competency Based Education (CBE) provides technical assistance, programming, analytical, and reporting services of CBE program(s) data to support strategic planning and data-informed decisions within the College of Innovation & Design. Ensures timely and accurate reporting of data to internal and external data requestors and assists with disseminating findings through publication of papers, technical reports, conference presentations and workshops.




  • Designs and administers surveys, conducts interviews and focus groups, and mines data from information management systems -- compares student achievement, employability rates, skills, faculty role, and student engagement in traditional programs and competency-based programs
  • Cleans, codes, and analyzes data from databases, business intelligence tools, surveys, interviews, observations and extant data using the appropriate statistical approaches and software
  • Develops and tracks accountability metrics for the University’s current competency-based education programs
  • Works with Functional Users to collect and analyze recruitment and enrollment data to assist in recommending opportunities for continued enhancement of competency-based education models
  • Publishes research findings in magazines, journals, and other publications, both scholarly and popular as well as peer reviewed and non-peer reviewed
  • Provides data to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to support development of new competency-based education programs throughout the state
  • Conceives, develops and produces documents explaining findings and recommendations for managers, executives, and other officials
  • Leads conference presentation and workshops on data analyses and metrics collection for competency-based models
  • Provides consultative support to Texas institutions on their strategic and operational priorities in relation to CBE
  • With external researchers/agencies conducts field research to promote the growth of CBE
  • Identifies data inconsistencies and works to resolve data reliability issues
  • Works collaboratively with university partners, leadership, faculty, staff, interns, and students in conducting applied research related to CBE
  • Supervises graduate assistants research and student intern projects
  • Visualizes data in a variety of formats to provide relevant insights to internal and external stakeholders such as students, university leadership and policymakers
  • Conducts market analysis to ensure CBE at Texas A&M University-Commerce remains agile in its curricular offerings to meet industry need and demand
  • Occasional travel (approximately 30%) to present research findings and facilitate strategy sessions with Texas institutions


  • Education: Master’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience in Social Science, Psychology, Educational Psychology, Business, Analytics, Statistics, or related field
  • Experience / Knowledge / Skills: Minimum of three years related experience. Must possess advanced skills for a broad range of computer functions including but not limited to:  word processing, excel spreadsheets, databases, and presentation graphics.  Excellent analytical and troubleshooting skills.  Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to: Work with users to define requirements and business issues
  • Licensing/Professional Certifications: None
  • Physical Requirements: None
  • Other Requirements: None



  • Experience with EAB SSC Campus platform, Banner, Webfocus App Studio, and Excel
  • Demonstrated knowledge of mathematical and statistical packages such as R-Stat and SPSS
  • Certifications and/or training in Webfocus App Studio, R-Stat, InfoAssist+, EAB SSC Campus platform and other data processing related programs



May supervise Student Workers, Graduate Assistants, Interns


This document represents the major duties, responsibilities, and authorities of this job, and is not intended to be a complete list of all tasks and functions. Other duties may be assigned. Texas A&M University-Commerce is committed to promotion of diversity and thus all employees are expected to facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and ability to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract.  The University has the exclusive right to alter this job description at any time without notice.