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William A. Welsh, Ed.D.

EDUCATION

Ed.D., Research, Evaluation, Measurement, and Statistics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, 1977.

M.Ed., Community Education, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts.

B.A., History and Political Science University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Thirty credits in English as well.

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS

Evaluation and Assessment (take your pick; I personally find it amusing that many professionals try to distinguish between the two. They’re the same): Most of my research has involved the assessment of one thing or another. I have sometimes been asked to help with the decision-making process (at increasingly high levels as I gained experience), but recognize that the critical role of the evaluator is most often to provide objective information in a non-intrusive manner. I have been involved with institutional and program evaluations, needs assessments, student evaluation of faculty, and classroom learning outcome instruments, most often in a leadership role. I have advanced skills in measurement and statistics.

Communication of Information: Writing and Editing. I have spent most of my professional life taking complex information and making it understandable and useful to practitioners. Not only does this require good analytical skills, it demands excellent communication skills, especially writing and editing. I have produced (written and edited) more than fifty publications (journal articles, book chapters, articles and conference presentations). As a Director of Institutional Research, wrote, co-authored, and edited hundreds of small and large in-house research papers. I assisted hundreds more (administration, faculty, students) with their own research, and edited virtually all these reports, often several times. Total editing experience well in excess of 1000 papers.

Planning. Sat on major planning committees at four different colleges. I am very familiar with planning procedures and protocols, have been have collected data in support of planning many dozens of times. Have co-authored documents produced by strategic planning committees.

Testing, including development and application of criterion-referenced and norm-reference testing, assessment of instrument reliability and validity, item analysis, and related areas. Have also administered tests constructed by ETS, ACT, etc., and interpreted results for college personnel.

Research Design, including experimental, longitudinal, cross-sectional, and survey methods. Knowledgeable about collecting data and building and maintaining data bases, as well as using public (usually federal) data sources. Significant experience with qualitative methods, and know how to blend quantitative and qualitative findings.

Computer Software. Thorough fluency (about 30 years of experience) in SPSS and some knowledge (three years of use a number of years ago) of SAS software packages. Experienced in SPSS Graphics and Reporting. Have used MS Word, Word Perfect, and Pages. Familiar with Mac most recently, but have most experience with PCs and MS products. Created many Power Point presentations for diverse audiences on PC and Mac computers. Some experience with student tracking systems. Comfortable in both microcomputing and mainframe environments. Used spreadsheets of many kinds, and am proficient in Excel. In recent years, most often worked in a Banner environment in which WebFocus is used to construct data sets for analysis.

Instructional Skills, including courses and/or seminars in most areas described above

Supervisory Skills. I have supervised as many as seven workers, and total time as a supervisor has been eight years. I find supervision relatively easy as long as communication was kept open and actively encouraged.

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

2011- Present: Associate, Hemsley-Fraser. Part-time. Primary duties so far are Assessment, QA, and editing. Supervisor: Dr. Jim Cox

Consultant: William Welsh Consulting. 2009-Present Research, Writing, Editing, Measurement, Statistics. As the saying goes,, “No job too large or too small.”
2013, Selected aspects of Attrition at Carl Sandburg College.
2010-2012 Editor, “Roles of Deaf Deaf People in the Civil War”, by Dr. Harry G. Lang, RIT
2010-2011 “The Role of Marketing in Illinois Community Colleges”, Report prepared for Dr. Lori Sundberg, President,
Carl Sandburg College, Galesburg, IL.
2010-2011, Collaborated/advise other colleagues on several projects at Heartland Community College, Housatonic Community College, and Centralia College, Kaskaskia, IL

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT

Director of Institutional Research, Housatonic Community College, Bridgeport, CT, August 2007—October 2009. (Took early retirement for family health reasons).

Responsible for all institutional research functions. At Housatonic, this meant being charged with the direction of, or at the very least significant involvement in, all of the college’s research and assessment activities. A partial list: Student profiles, several attrition studies, analyses of ways the college can move to improve its graduation rate, program evaluations, faculty workload. In addition, a great many ad hoc research and evaluation projects based on the very divergent needs of faculty, staff, and administration. Worked with numerous faculty members on individual research projects and as a tutor on statistics and SPSS. I was given sole responsibility for all regular reports required by the Connecticut and New England Boards of Higher Education and accountable for all IPEDS reporting. Duties also included responding to requests for data from other external agencies (from the NCAA to the U.S. Department of Education to U.S. News and World Report).

Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, Westfield State College, Westfield, MA 2006—2007.

My responsibility was for all aspects of institutional research and assessment activities (literally all aspects; I was a one-person department with no secretarial support) My duties and accomplishments included, but were not limited to, the following: Developed the college’s first comprehensive Assessment Plan; the plan parallels Westfield State’s 26-goal Strategic Plan. Conducted several studies based on the assessment plan and dozens more ad hoc research projects based on the needs of faculty, staff, and especially senior level administration. Worked with several departments in the preparation of reports to their accrediting bodies. Conducted seminars in measurable classroom and curricular objectives and worked with departments to develop and refine their own curricular objectives. In large measure, I was responsible for all regular reports required by the Massachusetts and New England Boards of Higher Education and accountable for all IPEDS reporting.

Director of Institutional Research, State University of New York at Canton, Canton, NY, 2003—2006.

Responsibility for all institutional research functions. First IR Director the college had had since 1974, so essentially rebuilt office from scratch. Conducted analyses of area demographics, enrollment patterns, student attrition, graduation and transfer rates, and degree patterns. Performed studies in areas as diverse as faculty grading procedures, space utilization, occupational outlook, and student evaluations of various college programs. Provided information used in institutional and program evaluation. Worked with teachers in the area of student learning outcomes. Provided information used in decision making by upper-level administration. Frequently described complex and dry statistical data to persons not well-versed in research and statistics. I sat on the Committee for Strategic Planning, the university’s primary planning and decision-making group.

Senior Test Development and Assessment Specialist, Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX, July 2000-November 2003.

Collaborated with faculty to develop district-wide criterion and norm-referenced tests in various disciplines. Performed item analyses, assessing reliability of specific items and tests themselves. Performed statistical analyses of performance of students on various tests over time. Assisted faculty in interpretation of results and determining results of all of the above for practice. Assisted in editing district research newsletter.

Director of Institutional Research, Heartland Community College, Bloomington, IL, 1993–July, 2000.

I was the college’s first Director of Institutional Research, and was very active in its growth from provisional accreditation status to full ten-year accreditation by the North Central Association.

I directed all operations of the office of Institutional Research. Provided virtually all data needs of upper and middle-level administration, as well as most of the information requirements of faculty and standing committees. Implemented all iterations of the college’s plan for Assessment of Institutional Effectiveness. Completed most state and federal reports for the college. Regularly provided routine reports to administration on such topics as enrollment trends and projections, demographics, program assessment and review, and student performance and attrition.

In addition, I initiated efforts to assess: the college’s public image and measures of its service to the community; the effectiveness of the college’s Academic Support Center; the performance of transfer students at their host institutions; and the performance of former students in the work place (graduates and others). Worked with local companies to develop a program of employer assessment of the work performance of former student. I developed methodologies to help identify at-risk students and high-risk courses, as well as the accuracy of the college’s placement process. Wrote a “Research Newsletter” which featured projects and data, but, to make it more appealing to all, included reviews of local restaurants and current films.

Research Associate, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). I was employed by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID), one of the colleges of RIT, 1977-1993.

In addition to other duties, I directed the NTID annual survey of all alumni. Developed survey instrument, supervised mechanics of the survey, which had a 50-60 percent return rate every year. Developed the data file, generated analyses using SPSS, wrote and disseminated reports. Used reports from the U.S. Bureaus of the Census and Labor Statistics to compare graduates with the U.S. work force. I worked actively with the Census Bureau, the Internal Revenue Service, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics to generate other descriptive and evaluative information. These data were used regularly in Congressional budget hearings, and presented to a variety of program managers and faculty for use in institutional and curricular assessment/evaluation, generation and improvement. I had sole responsibility for employment outlook studies, used in curriculum development and evaluation. Also, was adjunct faculty in Applied Computer Technologies, and served on several doctoral dissertation committees.

CONSULTANCIES:

1975-1976 With the North Adams, MA school district on the topic of program evaluation
1983 With the Greece (NY) Central School District, evaluating the extent to which a Student Business Center, established and operated by the students, related to academic success.
1984 With Texas Instruments, Dallas, evaluating the effectiveness of a new employee-training program.
1989 and 2003 With law firms in Dallas (attorney Michael Fiore, then of Hill, Gilstrap) and Chicago (attorney Richard Prendergast of Richard Prendergast, Ltd.), providing information on the economic impact of disability in general, and deafness in particular. Provided testimony as an expert witness.
1999 With Carl Sandburg College (Galesburg, IL) provided assistance with SPSS and training in institutional research procedures
2000 With Kaskaskia College (Centralia, IL) provided training in SPSS and data analysis techniques.

LEISURE ACTIVITIES

A variety of areas related to fitness: racquetball (pretty good), tennis, swimming, running (two speeds: slow and stopped), squash (nothing to write home about), golf (very poorly, but improving to ‘mediocre’), and a near-lifelong study of nutrition. I read a great deal, and write (in addition to professional material listed below, have (primarily for fun) completed but not published two mysteries.).

PUBLICATIONS

A. Papers Presented at Conferences

Welsh, William A. and Hambleton, Ronald K. On the Use of Goals in Educational Evaluation: A Study of Issues and Procedures. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Educational Research Association, Washington, D.C.1975.

Welsh, William A. and Wilson, Fred L. Determinants of Attrition at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Paper presented at the annual convention of the American Educational Research Association, Toronto, 1978.

Welsh, William A. and Wilson, Fred L. Patterns of Attrition at a Vocational College for the Deaf. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Eastern Education Research Association, Williamsburg, VA, 1978.

Welsh, William A. A Generalized Dissemination Methodology for Education. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association, Williamsburg, VA., 1978.

Passmore, David L. Welsh, William A., Marron, Michael and Chung, Lo-Yi A Comprehensive Model for the Study of Student Flow from Admission to Post-Graduate Activities. Paper presented at the annual forum of the Association for Institutional Research, San Diego, Cal., 1979.

Welsh, William A. The Educational Attainment of Deaf Adults. Paper presented at the NTID Mini-Convention, Rochester, NY, 1978.

Passmore, David L. and Welsh, William A. Diffusion Strategies. Paper presented at the National Conference of Programs Funded under the Youth Employment and Demonstration Projects Act of 1977. New Orleans and Chicago, 1979.

Welsh, William A., Marron, Michael J., Grant, Donna J., and Passmore, David L. Labor Force, Educational, and Related Activities of Deaf College Graduates. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston, 1980.

Welsh, William A. A Report on the Status of Deaf RIT Graduates. Presentation to the NTID National Advisory Group, Rochester, NY, 1980.

Welsh, William A., and MacLeod, Janet E. Patterns of Attrition and Impact of Withdrawal on those Leaving a Technical/ Vocational College. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Los Angles, 1981.

MacLeod, Janet E. and Welsh, William A. The Use of Graduate and Withdrawal Follow-up in Institutional Evaluation. Paper presented at the annual forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1981.Grant, Donna J. and Welsh, William A. Beginning a Longitudinal Analysis: A Study of Labor Mobility of Deaf RIT Graduates. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Congress of American Instructors on the Deaf, Rochester, NY, 1981.

MacLeod, Janet F. and Welsh, William A. Graduate Follow-up for Secondary Programs for the Deaf: Results of a National Survey. Paper presented at the Congress of Educational Administrators Serving the Deaf, Phoenix, Arizona, 1982.

Welsh, William A. Occupational Research as a Marketing Tool. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Toronto, 1983.

Welsh, William A. The Use of Federal Data to Assess the Validity of Survey Research Data. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Fort Worth, Texas, 1984.

Welsh, William A., and DeCaro, James J. The Impact of Post Secondary Technical Education on Labor Force and Educational Activities of Deaf Graduates of the Rochester Institute of Technology. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, 1985.

Walter, Gerard G. and Welsh, William A. Characteristics and Success of Deaf Students in Three Types of Educational Environments. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northeast Association of Institutional Research, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1986.

Welsh, William A. and Walter, Gerard G. The Credibility of Information Collected via the NTID Alumni Feedback Questionnaire. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association of Institutional Research, Kansas City, Missouri, 1987.

Walter, Gerard G. and Welsh, William A. The Use of Income Tax Data in Outcomes Research at a Publicly Supported Institution. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association of Institutional Research, Kansas City, Missouri, 1987.

Welsh, William A. and Walter, Gerard G. The Effect of Post Secondary Education on the Occupational Attainment of Deaf Adults. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Congress of American Instructors of the Deaf, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1987.

Welsh, William A. and Peterson, Bruce 0. Occupational Outlook for Graduates of a Major in Microcomputing Applications. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Phoenix, Arizona, 1988.

Walter, Gerard G. and Welsh, William A. The Effect of Education on the Economic and Occupational Attainments of Deaf Adults. Paper presented at the International Symposium on Demographic Studies with the Hearing Impaired Population, Tel Aviv, Israel, 1988.

Welsh, William A. and Foster, Susan B. Assessment of the Attainments of Hearing-Impaired Adults in the Work Place: A Multi-methodological Approach. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, California, 1989.

Foster, Susan B., MacLeod-Gallinger, Janet E., Walter, Gerard G., and Welsh, William A. Deaf Adults in the Work Place. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, New York, NY, 1989.

Welsh, William A. The Careers of Deaf Adults: How Much Progress has Really Been Made? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Boston, MA, 1990.

Welsh, William A. Earnings of Deaf College Alumni in the United States. Paper presented at the International Congress on Education of the Deaf, Rochester NY, 1990.

Foster, Susan B., MacLeod-Gallinger, Janet E., Walter, Gerard., and Welsh, William A. Deaf Adults in the Work Place. Cracker barrel session given at the meeting of the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf, Washington, DC, 1990.

Welsh, William A. The Economic Costs of Deafness. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Washington, D.C., 1990

Welsh, William A. Improved Educational Opportunity for Deaf People: How Much of A Difference Has it Really Made?. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Washington, D.C., 1990

Welsh, William A. A Hearing Person in a Deaf World. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Washington, D.C., 1990

Welsh, William A. Mainstreaming: An Empirical Analysis of Some of its Effects. Roundtable discussion led at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Washington, D.C., 1990

Welsh, William A. Beyond Wages and Salaries: The Standard of Living of Deaf Adults. Paper presented at the Annual Meting of the American Educational Research Association, Chicago, IL, 1991.

Welsh, William A. Mainstreaming from an Empirical and a Personal Perspective. Paper presented at the meeting of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association, Chicago, IL, 1991.

Welsh, William A. The Use of Employment Outlook Analysis in the Reduction of Job Discrimination against Persons with Disabilities. Paper presented at The Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Oakland, CA, 1991.

Welsh, William A. Total Household Income of Deaf and Hearing Americans. Paper presented at The Annual Meeting of the Society for Disability Studies, Oakland, CA, 1991.

Welsh, William A. Some of the Practical Applications of Job Forecasting. Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Sociological Association, Chicago, IL 1993.

Welsh, William A. and Holcomb, Thomas K. Mainstreaming from Both Sides of the Fence.
Paper presented at the meeting of the Midwest Sociological Association, Chicago, IL,
1993

Welsh, William A. and Walter, Gerard G. What is the Cost of Deafness? An Analysis of Wages
and Salaries and other Income. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the
American Educational Research Association, Atlanta, GA, 1993.

Welsh, William A. and Holcomb, Thomas K The Impact of Mainstreaming. Paper presented at
the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Atlanta, GA,
1993.

Welsh, William A. and Hilgenbrink, Donna. Making Technical Research Data Useful to
Practitioners. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of Association for Institutional
Research, Long Beach, CA, 2001.

Cole, Lisa P. and Welsh, William A. Community College Student Success in Developmental
Reading and Their Performance in Subsequent College Level Classes. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Developmental Education, Charlotte, NC, 2002.

Welsh, William A. and Sundberg, Lori R. So? What Does All This Data Mean for My
Institution? Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the League of Innovations in
Community Colleges, Boston, MA, 2002.

Welsh, William A. and Cole, Lisa P. Does Developmental Reading Really Make a Difference?
Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the League of Innovations in Community Colleges, Phoenix, Arizona, 2003.

Welsh, William A. and Sundberg, Lori R. Research That Makes a Difference: Getting it
Across to Practitioners. Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association
for Institutional Research, Tampa, Florida, 2003.

B. Refereed Journals

Welsh, William A., and Hambleton, Ronald K. On the Use of Goals in Educational evaluation: A Study of Selected Issues. CEDR Quarterly Spring, 1976, 11-15.

Passmore, David L. and Welsh, William A. Strategies for Implementation. In Anderson, H. and Benson, J., (eds.) Technology and Society: Interfaces with Industrial Arts. 1980 Yearbook of the American Council on Industrial Arts.

Welsh, William A. Determinants of Labor Force Activities of Deaf Graduates of the Rochester Institute of Technology. In J. Egelston-Dodd and J. Christianson eds.) Social Aspects of Deafness. 1984: Gallaudet Monograph Series, Washington, D.C.

Welsh, William A. Walter, Gerard G., and Riley, Dorothea. Earnings of Deaf Graduates of the Rochester Institute of Technology as Reported by the Internal Revenue Service. Volta Review 90, February 1988. Winner of the National Research Award given by the Job Placement Division of the American Rehabilitation Association.

DeCaro, James J., Clarcq, Jack, Walter, Gerard, Welsh, William A. and Riley, Dorothea. A
Methodology for Utilizing Federal Data Sources in Program Evaluation. Journal of
Rehabilitation 54, July/August/September, 1988.

Welsh, William A. and Walter, Gerard G. The Effect of Post secondary Education on the Occupational Attainment of Deaf Adults. Journal of the American Rehabilitation and Deafness Association 22, July,1988.

Walter, Gerard G. and Welsh, William A. Characteristics and Success of Deaf College Students. American Rehabilitation 14, 2 April/May/June, 1988.

Walter, Gerard G. and Welsh, William A., and Serve, Michael. Providing A College Education to Deaf Students: Why it Pays. American Rehabilitation 14, April/May/June, 1988.

Welsh, William A., Walter, Gerard G. and Riley, D. The Value of A College Degree to Hearing Impaired Adults. Statistics of Income Bulletin, 1989.

Welsh, William A., Walter, Gerard G. and Riley, D. Providing Deaf People with the Opportunity for a Degree: Benefits to Individual and Society. Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association 23, 1, 1989.

Welsh, William A. and Peterson, Bruce O. The Use of Occupational Outlook Analysis in the Development of a College Curriculum: A Case Study. Journal of Job Placement. 6, 1, 1990.

Welsh, William A. and Foster, Susan B. Does A College Degree Influence the Occupational
Attainment of Deaf Adults? An Exploratory Analysis of the Initial and Long Term Impact of College Using Quantitative and Qualitative Methodologies Journal of Rehabilitation. 57, 1, 1991.

Welsh, William A. and MacLeod-Gallinger, Janet E. The Occupational Attainment of Deaf Adults. In Foster, S.B. and Walter, G.G. eds.) Deaf People in Post secondary Education. London: Routledge, 1991.

Foster, Susan B. and Welsh, William A. Assessment of Graduate Attainments in the Work Place: A Multi-methodological Approach. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling 22, 1, 1991.

Welsh, William A. The Economic Impact of Deafness. Journal of the American Deafness and Rehabilitation Association 24, 3&4 1991.

Welsh, William A. Factors Influencing the Career Mobility of Deaf Adults. Volta Review, 95, September 1993.

C. Additionally, hundreds of technical reports at every location (with the exception of the Dallas School District).

D. Workshops, Seminars, and Training Activities Directed:

Workshops in Evaluation of an Adult Education Program. Manchester, New Hampshire Public Schools, Sept. – Oct., 1974.

Workshops in Writing Performance Objectives. North Adams, Mass. Public Schools, May, 1975.

Seminar on Attrition at NTID. Presented to invited members of the RIT community. Rochester, NY, November 1977.

Workshop on The Occupational Impact of Deafness. Sponsored by the Department of Technical and Vocational Education at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA October 1980.

Seminar on Predictors of Socioeconomic Attainment of Deaf RIT Graduates. to the NTID Community, November, 1986.

Seminar on Graduate Employment and Mobility. Presented to the NTID) Community,1982, 1985, 1986, 1987.

Statistics: How to Recognize Truth from Lies. Presented at the Heartland Community College Internal Convention, 1994.

Heartland Community College Graduates in the Work Place: Presented at the Heartland Community College Internal Convention, 1997.

Provided frequent but irregular training to faculty and staff in the use of research methods, statistics, and SPSS at Heartland Community College.

Provided training in SPSS use to personnel from Highland Community College and Carl Sandburg College, 1999, and Kaskaskia College in 2000.

Seminars in SPSS and data analysis for selected DISD personnel, 2001, 2003.

Seminars on assessment and the use of SPSS, quarterly, SUNY Canton, 2003-3005.

Seminar on SPSS and assessment, every two months Westfield State College, 2005-2006.

Numerous in-house seminars in outcome-based classroom and curricular evaluation,
Westfield State College, 2005-2006-2007.

Are They Being Served? College vs. Community Demographics. Presented to the Housatonic Community College Faculty and Staff, 2007.

Student Attrition (with some Pretentious Suggestions for Reducing It). Presented to the Housatonic Community College Faculty and Staff, 2007 and 2008.

Achieving the Dream: Just Another Cliche, or Does This One Mean Something? Presented to the Entire HCC Community, 2008.

Statistics: How to Recognize and Tell the Truth (and How to Lie, if You Really Must). Presented to the Entire HCC Community, 2007.

Statistics: It’s Much Harder to Tell the Truth with Statistics Than It Is to Lie with Them. Presented to the Entire HCC Community, 2008.