Xiaoyan (Rita) Liu joined Bucknell University as an Assistant Director of Institutional Research & Planning in November 2012. She assists the Director in implementation of policies and procedures of the office; assists the preparation of timely and accurate reports for administrators, the college community, and external agencies (IPEDS, HEDS, PDE, NSF, NCAA, college guidebooks, AAUP etc.); coordinates the administration, analysis and reporting of various campus-wide surveys; and provides analytical support and advice in the design and the administration of survey research and design.

Before coming to Bucknell, she worked as the Assessment Analyst of Institutional Assessment at George Mason University. In this role, she provided various data analyses and reports on institutional and national surveys, modified new surveys to reflect the changing needs and priorities of the university community, and conducted wide range research for focus groups. Her scholarly interests include research methodology, student engagement, achievement gap, freshman retention, learning outcome assessment, and program evaluation.

Rita earned a PhD in Educational Psychology from University at Buffalo, the State University of New York in 2011.

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