Lunch ‘n Learn

Lunch ‘n Learn

Thursday April 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

LiveText Luncheon – Invitation Only (Complimentary)

Lisa Bortman
Susan D. Rogers
Katie Jacobson
Gwen Bloomsburg
Rahul Nandi
Thursday April 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Featured Film: Starving the Beast

The documentary film Starving the Beast tells the story of a potent one-two punch roiling public higher education right now: 35 years of systematic defunding and a well-financed market oriented reform effort. It’s the story of a little known and misunderstood ideological fight, the outcome of which will change the future of public higher education.

Thursday April 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Featured Film: DREAM ON

The documentary film DREAM ON explores whether the optimistic spirit of the American Dream that Tocqueville observed is alive and well in the twenty-first century.


Thursday April 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard – Institutional Use Cases

Henry Hernandez

Henry joined WSCUC in 2007 and has served the organization in several roles include Manager of Substantive Change and Director of Communications and Information Systems. His current focus as CIO is on improving the agency's information systems to better serve the Commission's decision making processes, to facilitate the engagement of member institutions, peer evaluators and staff in the accreditation process and improve the accessibility of accreditation information to members of the public.

Kristina Powers

Kristina Powers serves as Associate Vice President of Institutional Research Services at Bridgepoint Education, the parent company of Ashford University (San Diego), a national IPEDS trainer, a Research Fellow on Student Achievement with the WASC Senior College and University Commission, and the 2016 President of the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR). Previous to working at Bridgepoint, Kristina was Assistant to the President for Strategic Research & Analysis at Valdosta State University (Georgia) where she served as the head of institutional research. Other higher education roles have included, lead author for the Statements of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and teaching and developing institutional research and higher education administration courses at three institutions.

Kelly Wahl

Kelly Wahl is the Director of Statistical Analysis in UCLA’s Office of Academic Planning and Budget, where he has conducted institutional research for the past 12 years. His career has included IR positions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Santa Clara University, the Los Angeles Community College District, and Loyola Marymount University. On WSCUC visiting teams, Kelly has served the region by reviewing seven institutions on a total of 12 visits. He holds an MFA in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and BA degrees in Psychology and English from Stanford. His most recent scholarly publications have been with Harvard’s gastroenterology division.

Dmitri Rogulkin

Dmitri Rogulkin is an associate director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at California State University, Fresno. He has nine years of experience in the field of institutional research. During this time, Dmitri actively shared his knowledge and experience, particularly in the area of visualizing data and using Tableau software. He presented at the state and national conferences, as well as provided consulting services on Tableau implementation to a number of CSU campuses. Dmitri received his B.S. in International Business from Belorussian State Economic University. After graduation, he worked in marketing research and analysis in his home country, Belarus. In 2001, he moved to the United States and completed his MBA degree from Fresno State.

Ken Nelson

Ken Nelson, MD, MS is the Associate Director of the Office of Educational Effectiveness and the Institutional Researcher at Loma Linda University, a non-profit, faith-based, health-sciences institution. Previously he spent 25 years as the medical director for a health education NGO, traveling to over 50 countries. Dr. Nelson has been instrumental in promoting evidence-based student success endeavors at LLU. He has been on faculty at the School of Allied Health Professions for the past 10 years.

John Stanley

John Stanley is the Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Hawaii - West Oahu, where he is responsible for assessment and institutional research functions. Mr. Stanley has served in institutional research positions at four-year institutions and community colleges. He has published institutional research articles and has instructed workshops on using analytics to improve student outcomes at regional and national conferences. He was awarded best presenter at the 2012 California-AIR Conference. He received his BA in mathematics from the University of Texas at Austin and MEd in higher education from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Thursday April 20, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Mid-Conference Stress Relief: Reducing Stress and Anxiety through Mindfulness Practice

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, Ph.D. serves as Professor of Postsecondary Educational Leadership at San Diego State University, where she coordinates the mindfulness-based integrative inquiry program.  Marilee’s previous research has focused on effective and holistic ways to evaluate student learning and development.  Her most recent research focuses on using translational neuroscience to inform the design and evaluation of workshops and curriculum to decrease students’, faculty, and administrators’ stress and anxiety and increase their attention, emotion, and cognitive regulation, as well as enhance critical thinking, compassion, and creativity.