Welcome to Assessment and Research

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Assessment and Research oversees major research initiatives, key data collection efforts and data analysis for the Division of Student Life.

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Mission, Vision, and Values


Assessment and Research leads the division of Student Life’s efforts at data-informed decision making though collaborative consultation, planning, evaluation, research and educational initiatives.

We support staff efforts to meet the needs of UB students most effectively, advance the institutional understanding of the impact of Student Life programs and services, and help tell the story of the UB student experience.


Assessment and Research will promote and develop a sustainable culture of data-informed decision making across Student Life.


  • Centering students in the process of data collection and the use of data to impact the UB experience
  • Advancing equity through the disaggregation of data, mixed methods approach to data collection, and advocating for data-informed change
  • Collaboration within and across departments to limit assessment fatigue and expand our scope of storytelling
  • Developing proactive plans and processes that integrate assessment into the fabric of programs and services and ensure the timely response to data requests

Assessment or Data Request

For offices within Student Life, please fill out the form at the link below to request assistance with assessment, assessment planning, or data.

For data collection or analysis, please take into account the following turnaround times when planning your project timeline:

  • Demographic reports: 1 week turnaround
  • Complex reports (multiple data source, messy data, complex analysis, etc.): 2 week turnaround
  • Research projects: 3-4 week turnaround

Staff Directory

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Daniel Kaczmarek (he/him)

Director, Assessment and Research

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Craig Orcholski (he/him)

Assessment Specialist

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Alexandra Bitterman, PhD (she/her)

Senior Research and Data Analyst

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Ashlee Wilde, PhD (she/her)

Data Analyst

Featured Publication

  • Insight
    Our Insight publication issued in the fall and spring of each year is a quick glance at the achievements, recognitions and the numbers behind our numerous programs and services.

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