VP of Enrollment vs. Provost: Reducing Friction in SEM

VP of Enrollment and Provost on Reducing Friction in SEM

How can friction be reduced in Strategic Enrollment Management? From enrollment to retention to post-graduate success and alumni, you need to have a clear pathway (strategies and tactics) to reach your goals. With a frictionless system, senior leaders will be on the same page and communications will flow smoothly.

Data and Advanced Analytics. AI and prescriptive analytics will reveal insights that drive your strategies and illuminate tactics that will help you reach your goals and communicate more effectively.

The challenges facing higher education are increasingly difficult to manage without data and advanced analytics. Our two panelists, Patty Beeson and Chris Lucier, will talk about how data and analytics are solutions they used to manage the challenges and changes during their tenures as Provost and as Vice President of Enrollment, and how data and analytics helped them have productive relationships across university leadership.


What You’ll Learn

  • How to approach and think about SEM in moments of change
  • How data and advanced analytics can support your initiatives and help you respond to changes in real-time
  • How to manage up (and down) and improve communication between the Provost and VP of Enrollment through a data and analytics-driven approach


About the Speakers

Patty Beeson

Professor of Economics, Former Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor, University of Pittsburgh
Director of Research, Othot

Dr. Beeson served as provost and senior vice chancellor at the University of Pittsburgh from 2010-18. During her term as provost, the University achieved new levels of quality and impact on almost every front. Undergraduate applications, and the academic credentials, geographic and ethnic diversity of the enrolled students, and graduation and retention rates rose to new heights; faculty and students regularly earned national and international recognitions; and funded research at the University consistently ranked among the highest in the country.

Dr. Beeson’s focus on technology, data, and innovation are apparent in the new units created under her leadership. The University of Pittsburgh established the School of Computing and Information, its first new school in more than two decades; created the Innovation Institute to support and enhance technology transfer; and the provost’s Data Analytics Team, to support data driven operations and decision making throughout the University.

As Othot’s Director of Research, Patty identifies and leads cross-organizational research projects. Her research addresses key questions that higher education leaders are focused on today. By combining her higher education leadership experience and rich academic research background with Othot’s data science capabilities, Patty approaches her work in a disciplined, yet fresh and innovative way.

Chris Lucier

Director of Partner Relations
Chris enjoyed a successful career in enrollment management, most recently at the University of Delaware. During his time at Delaware, Chris led the University to new record highs in undergraduate enrollment from the Fall of 2017 to 2018, while increasing in diversity at the same time. In addition to enrollment achievement, he launched several new enrichment programs and initiatives that will be felt by the University and its students for years to come.

Before Chris’ time at the University of Delaware, he led undergraduate admissions and enrollment strategy at the University of Vermont for seven years. Previously, he was the director of recruitment and operations in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he earlier served as senior associate director of recruitment and marketing.

At Othot, Chris helps our partner institutions identify actionable insights from the Othot Platform and incorporate them into everyday practice. A partner during his tenure at Delaware, Chris has firsthand knowledge of how to use the Othot Platform and now he works with partner institutions to reach their goals.


Andy Hannah

Co-Founder, Board Member & Chief Partnership Officer
In 2014, Andy and team founded Othot, the leader in artificial intelligence and prescriptive analytics solutions for higher education institutions. Andy is an evangelist for the Othot Platform, and how the use of AI and prescriptive analytics optimizes the relationship between institutions and their prospective, current, and former students. Andy is also an Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Analytics and an Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Pittsburgh, College of Business Administration.