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Jennifer Stephens Helm | Vice President and Dean of Institutional Research and Assessment, American Public University System

Current Position and Past Experience
Dr. Jennifer Stephens Helm, Dean and Vice-President of Institutional Research and Assessment, American Public University System, joined the University in 2005. She leads the Institutional Research and Assessment department with a focus on enhancing institutional effectiveness by providing data and information that supports and strengthens institution-wide decision making, operations management, and strategic planning processes.

Dr. Stephens Helm has an extensive background in institutional research and learning outcomes assessment where she has consulted with schools, school districts, state departments of education, and school reform organizations. Prior to assuming a position with APUS in 2005, Dr. Stephens Helm worked with the Accelerated Schools Project at Stanford University, developing an electronic reporting system of outcomes for the school reform organization. She has taught at both K-12 and higher education levels. She has presented and published at both national and international conferences in the areas of school reform, distance learning, faculty development, institutional research, and assessment.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Stephens Helm holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on learning, development, and instruction from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She is an alumni of the Harvard Institute for Higher Education and the Higher Education Resources Services (HERS) Institute.

You can find Stephens Helm on Twitter @jenstephenshelm