Institutional Research and Effectiveness Office Staff

IR&E is located in Tomson Hall 253, accessible through the entrance to Tomson 250 (a suite that includes the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost and Dean of the College). You can contact the entire office staff via email at ir-e-office. The primary office contact is the IR&E Administrative Assistant, Sara Putnam (putnam2(507) 786-3910).

Susan Canon
Director, Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Email: canon
Phone: (507) 786-3647
Susan responds to external and internal requests for college data, manages the administration of many institutional surveys, provides institutional and benchmarking data, and develops policies and practices to ensure institutional data integrity.

Laura Maki
Associate Director, Educational Research & Assessment
Email: maki2
Phone: (507) 786-3390
Laura provides research and data analysis for assessment and evaluation activities across the college. She conducts student reviews of teaching for tenure, promotion, and other faculty reviews, and provides guidance in course evaluations, grant project evaluations, and program review. Reporting to the College Registrar & Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Laura works in close collaboration with the IR&E staff and is located in the IR&E suite.

Pa Thao
Institutional Research & Effectiveness Associate
Email: thao10
Phone: (507) 786-3061
Pa provides technical, organizational, and analytical support for institutional research and effectiveness activities across the college. She designs, conducts and reports on research and analysis that supports institutional decision-making and effectiveness, in collaboration with appropriate administrative leaders and data managers, and identifies possible actions based on findings.

Sara Putnam
Institutional Research & Effectiveness Administrative Assistant
Email: putnam2
Phone: (507) 786-3910
Sara provides administrative support for all office assignments and projects. She supervises the IR&E student research assistants and responds to requests for information about office policies, procedures, projects, and services.