TENNAIR 2018 Keynote

Eric S. Atchison

Eric has worked in higher education management for 10 years at both the institutional and system level. He began as an analyst at Delta State University, a rural public university, and then moved to the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) system office. There he serves as Director of System Analysis, Research & Enrollment Management where his responsibilities include overseeing statistical analysis, admissions policies, and remedial programs for the eight public universities within the IHL system.

His work involves continuous discussions about system-wide initiatives and data collection efforts to inform policies and programs. He leads the Complete College America efforts for Mississippi’s public colleges and universities and works with 36 institutions across all sectors as the IPEDS State Coordinator. He has served on university system and statewide committees focused on strategic planning, performance allocation funding, data management, and the implementation of college completion initiatives.

He is the President of the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research, Past President of the Mississippi Banner Users Group, a member of the Southern Regional Education Board’s Education Technology Cooperative Executive Committee, a member of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Nominations and Elections Committee, and a member of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative. Eric also teaches sociology as an adjunct faculty member at Delta State University and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Eric has published in eAIR, New Directions for Institutional Research, and has written a chapter in the forthcoming Cultivating a Data Culture in Higher Education.