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Director of Institutional Research at Franklin Pierce University Honored

May 16, 2013

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Rachel Krug, Director of Institutional Research at Franklin Pierce University since May 2012, has been honored by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). AIR, the world’s largest organization for professional researchers, hosts an annual four-day Forum to bring together researchers from around the world working in higher education; this year the Forum is being held in Long Beach on May 18-22. Krug will travel to the Forum to present at their poster session, and was also one of three institutional research professionals selected to receive a Duckwall Scholarship, which facilitates the professional growth and development of early career institutional research professionals.

Richard Marshall, Vice President of Finance & Administration/CFO at Franklin Pierce, says, “The University was very pleased to learn of Rachel’s receipt of the Duckwall Scholarship and the selection for presentation at AIR’s annual Forum of her innovative use of cluster theory to analyze CIRP data. We are very proud of her accomplishments.”

The Forum poster session will showcase 37 presenters whose work was selected based on the framing of the research question, analysis, findings/results, and structure of the presentation. Krug’s poster was designed from research information gathered from the CIRP freshman survey, which is administered to all first-time full-time freshmen at Fall Orientation. Cluster analysis was applied to the habits of mind scale and three unique groups of students emerged: 27% of students fell into the “Achievers” cluster, 41% of students fell into the “Wanderers” category, and 33% of students fell into the “Cruisers” cluster. Understanding differences in incoming students’ habits of mind may impact many factors including teaching, learning, and assessment at Franklin Pierce.

Before joining the staff at Franklin Pierce University, Krug worked for New York University in a variety of progressively more responsible positions that began with Institutional Research Analyst and progressed to Associate Director for Enrollment Strategy and then to Senior Institutional Research Analyst. Krug has a B.A. from Cornell University, an M.A. from Columbia University, and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.




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Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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