Research and Evaluation Scientist
Ph.D. Education, Iowa State University, 2019
M.A. History, Iowa State University, 2013
B.A. History, University of Iowa, 2009
James' scholarly interests include finding ways to strengthen the institutional research function and associated decision-making processes at colleges and universities, particularly institutions without the necessary resources to establish a distinct institutional research office. Given his recent experience in Nebraska, James is also interested in studying state higher education policy, especially the effect of performance funding on institutional behavior and student outcomes.
James previously served as a graduate research assistant with RISE while obtaining his master's degree. After his first stint with RISE, he worked at Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education (CCPE), a state agency with various regulatory functions over Nebraska's colleges and universities. As a Data Analyst with the CCPE, James was responsible for overseeing the collection and storage of data from the state's postsecondary institutions as well as assisting in the composition of the agency's numerous reports.