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CWU Hires New Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Central Washington University has hired Nicolas Valcik, former Director of Institutional Research at West Virginia University, to serve as its new Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness.

In his new position, Valcik will oversee an organization that assists in the analysis of accreditation and assessment data, creates strategies to enhance data access and transparency, and compiles and distributes data about Central’s academic programs, students, faculty, and staff. The office responds to requests for institutional data from state and federal agencies, and others interested in the university’s operations.

“We’re very happy to have Dr. Valcik join the university,” noted Joseph Han, vice president of operations, who oversees the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. “His background and experience, particularly regarding data integrity, will prove invaluable as CWU begins the process of accreditation next year.”

Prior to accepting his new post, Valcik served in a similar role at West Virginia University for four years and was responsible for oversight of reporting for a number of campus divisions, including a health science center, two regional branch campuses, a law school, and an agricultural program.

He also previously worked as associate director in the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis at the University of Texas at Dallas and as a clinical assistant professor in public affairs in the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Science at UT-Dallas.

Valcik holds a PhD in Public Affairs from UT-Dallas and is author or co-author of several books including, “Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management: Second Edition,” “City Planning for the Public Manager,” and “Institutional Research Initiatives in Higher Education.”

Valcik, who began his job on November 1, said his initial experiences at Central have been positive and he is looking forward to becoming better acquainted with the campus and the community.

“It’s great being here at CWU,” he said. “I’m particularly excited to be working with the administrative team involved with the upcoming regional accreditation process, which is important as it helps qualify an institution for access to federal funds that support student financial aid along with teaching and research.”

Media contact: Richard Moreno, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-2714,