Jackie Xu serve as the Director of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning. Other than overseeing the daily operations of the office of IRAP, Ms. Xu also acts as chair of the Self-Study Assessment Committee and the University project director for the Statewide Longitudinal Educational Data System (SLED). Ms. Xu began her higher education career at UDC in 2009 and served mainly in Financial Planning and Analysis functions before acquiring her current position. Prior to UDC, Ms. Xu worked in various industries including banking, energy, and GSE. Ms. Xu received her M.S. in Business and Administration from R. H. Smith Business School at University of Maryland, College Park with a focus in Management Information System and Finance in 2001. She earned her B.E. from Shanghai Jiaotong University.
Gashaw Asfaw Mekonnen, MS
Gashaw Mekkonnen serves as the Senior Operational Research Analyst for the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning. He received his B.A degree in Sociology and Social Administration in1990 and Masters of Science degree in Demography in 1996, both from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. He worked at various capacities for different Colleges and Universities. He was a lecturer and researcher in the Demographic Training and Research Center of Addis Ababa University from January 2001 to March 2005; and served as the coordinator of the Center for two years. He served as lecturer of sociology and also registrar at the Defense College of Health Sciences in Ethiopia nearly for 3 years (06/1998 to 12/2000). He worked for the Jimma Institute of Health Sciences (now named Jimma University) for more than eight years offering various courses and participating in many community based research undertakings. He carried out a number of quantitative and qualitative research projects, provided technical advisory/consultancy and training services to different stakeholders. Recently, He worked as part-time research assistant for the Office of Research and Evaluation at the City Colleges of Chicago, where he got great exposure to Institutional Research at Higher Learning Institutions.