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Bin Ning to serve as first associate provost for institutional research

Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019


MANHATTAN — Bin Ning, a highly experienced leader in higher education institutional research and related areas, will join Kansas State University as its first associate provost for institutional research.

Ning's appointment was made by Charles Taber, K-State provost and executive vice president, following a national search. Ning will start his new job on Oct. 14 and will report to Taber.

"With more than 34 years in higher education, including more than 18 years guiding institutional leadership at small colleges to research extensive universities, Dr. Ning has the experience needed to guide K-State through the development and implementation of an institutional data strategy that will make possible innovative approaches to enrollment management, university budgeting, strategic planning and more through data-driven decision-making," Taber said.

Currently the assistant vice president and executive director of institutional research and information management at Eastern Michigan University since July 2010, Ning will lead the newly established Office of Institutional Research at K-State, provide stewardship and management of the university's data, and oversee the creation of data analysis, analytical studies and institutional reports in response to federal, state and local entities, accreditation purposes and internal report needs. He also will be in charge of communication, education and training to enhance data-informed decision-making throughout the university.

"I am thrilled and excited to have the opportunity to contribute my experience and skills in institutional research and other areas in higher education to support the strategic directions of K-State," Ning said. "Across the nation, institutional research has become a pivotal unit that provides much-needed information support for sage decision-making, which is one of the keys for future success at K-State."

In his current position with Eastern Michigan, Ning leads the office of Institutional Research and Information Management, provides leadership to the overall institutional accreditation process, leads the university's enrollment forecasting and works closely with university leadership on enrollment and budget modeling. For his work, Ning received Eastern Michigan's 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award.

In his previous positions, Ning was executive director of the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Toledo from August 2007 to July 2010; dean of institutional effectiveness at Wayne County Community College District in Detroit from August 2005 to August 2007; and director of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment at Marygrove College in Detroit from July 2001 to July 2005.

His current research interests include application of institutional data in policymaking and long-range planning processes; student engagement and other factors that impact student success; institutional assessment and research focusing on student learning, satisfaction and teaching effectiveness and learning outcome; and the role of international programs and comparative higher education. He has presented at conferences and given invited presentations nationally and internationally.

Ning also has served as an adjunct faculty member in statistics at Eastern Michigan University and Margrove College. He has been a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission since 2004. Ning earned a bachelor's degree in engineering mechanics from the Beijing Institute of Technology in China and a Master of Education and doctorate in higher education, both from the University of Toledo.


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Bin Ning will join Kansas State University on Oct. 14 as the first associate provost for institutional research.

Written by

Beth Bohn