Dr. Ronald L. Huesman, Jr. (Ron) is a CSHE Research Associate and the Managing Director of the Student Experience in the Research University-Association of American Universities Consortium (SERU-AAU). SERU-AAU is an academic and policy research partnership between the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California – Berkeley and the University of Minnesota. The SERU-AAU consortium is a group of leading research extensive universities in the United States made up of researchers and scholars who collaborate to generate institutional, comparative, and longitudinal data on student experience in research universities.
In his role as the SERU-AAU Managing Director Ron has broad responsibilities for overall project and budget management of the consortium. He leads SERU-AAU survey content and design, develops psychometric research and reports, and oversees and implements SERU-AAU policies and procedures.
Ron earned a Ph.D. in Educational Measurement and Statistics from the University of Iowa and is currently the Director of Institutional Assessment at the University of Minnesota. In that capacity he works collaboratively with many diverse units (e.g. Student and Academic Affairs) to design research studies, collect data, provide analysis, and report results to inform campus assessment efforts, policy development, and decision making. He works closely with other institutions to develop comparable data for benchmarking purposes. His area of focus is the use of data and analysis for making informed decisions that support the University’s strategic mission of providing an exceptional student experience.