Gwen Garrison

Gwen E. Garrison is the director of the education evaluation and data analysis program and professor in the School of Educational Studies. She is an applied research and data strategist with over 25 years of experience in K-12, higher education institutions, and Washington DC nonprofit association and think tanks. Garrison helps leverage organizational data assets through research, data visualization technology, and data governance so that these assets contribute to critical policy and operational decisions. She has managed large data systems for over 2.5 million records and 10,000 variables with high ethical standards for privacy and security. Garrison has authored over 55 association and academic level publications and presentations.

She earned a PhD in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Administration from Claremont Graduate University and was awarded the Winifred Hausam-Helen Fisk award for excellence in academic studies, scholarly writing, internship experiences, and service to colleagues and students. Garrison has gone on to earn other awards for professional excellence from the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s New Careers in Nursing program.

Garrison’s professional interests include research and evaluation design, organizational change, data management, and diversity and inclusion efforts. She regularly contributes to research efforts that improve faculty salary equity, student diversity, accreditation, academic achievement, selective admissions, and the cost of education and student borrowing.

Co-authored with Valerie M. Dandar and Jarod P. Field. “Promising Practices for Promoting Faculty Engagement and Retention at U.S. Medical Schools.” Washington, DC: Association of American Medical Colleges, 2017.

Co-authored with Rahul Nohria and Jennifer Adams. “The inclusion of Socioeconomic Status (SES) as an Additional Criterion in Holistic Pharmacy School Admission Processes.” American Journal of Pharmacy Education (2018): advanced online publication.

Co-authored with Dora Elías McAllister, et al. “U.S. Dental School Deans’ Perceptions of the Rising Cost of Dental Education and Borrowing Pressures on Dental Students: Report of Survey Results.” Journal of Dental Education 79, no. 6 (2015): 719-727.

Co-authored with Evelyn Lucas-Perry, et al. “Annual ADEA survey of dental school seniors: 2013 graduating class.” Journal of Dental Education 78, no. 8 (2014): 1214-1236.

Co-edited with Dora Elías McAllister, Eugene L. Anderson, and Richard W. Valachovic. “A Report of the ADEA Presidential Task Force on the Cost of Higher Education and Student Borrowing.” Washington, DC: ADEA Policy Center, American Dental Education Association, 2012.

Design and Life Cycle of a Survey Project
Introduction to Data System Management & Governance