Rachél Fester, Ph.D., was appointed Associate Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness, in February 2014. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness is responsible for conducting assessments on institutional performance, including student learning outcomes and program evaluations, and collecting and analyzing data to inform decision-making in areas such as academic affairs, student affairs, campus administration and college operations.
Previously, Dr. Fester served as Executive Director of Assessment and Planning for the College of Mount Saint Vincent, NY, and Associate Research Scholar at the Center for Institutional and Social Change, Columbia Law School, Columbia University. Dr. Fester is the recipient of numerous awards including a U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences pre-doctoral training fellowship; a University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education Dean’s Scholarship; and a Harvard College Scholarship.
Dr. Fester has a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania; an M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from the City University of New York; an A.M. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago; and an A.B. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University.