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Lone Star College Data Institute

COVID-19 Update: Due to closures, the 2020 Data Institute was suspended at Spring Break. When a plan to reopen facilities is established, we will resume the 2020 cohort and allow the current participants to complete their research projects. If remote working is extended through the Fall semester, then we will regroup the program and complete using a remote workshop model. At this time we do not have plans to recruit a 2021 cohort for this Fall.

Program Overview

Data Institute LogoThe Data Institute is a professional development program for full-time faculty and staff of Lone Star College.

The purpose of the Institute is to enhance the data research and analytics knowledge and skills of Lone Star College faculty and staff through a rigorous, project-based curriculum. The 12-session program is offered each year starting in the Fall and participants are selected through a competitive application process.

The primary goals of the Institute are to:

  • Enhance participants' research and analytics knowledge and skills.
  • Enhance familiarity with IRís services, data sources, and data tools.
  • Build a cohort of trained researchers to lead projects and assist college decision-makers.
  • Increase the quantity and quality of research at Lone Star College.
  • Have participants complete a simple, insightful research study from problem definition through communication of results including, research design, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation.

Program Location

All Data Institute sessions take place at Lone Star College-System Office, The Woodlands- unless noted.
5000 Research Forest Dr. The Woodlands, TX, 77381

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Session Topics

  • Introduction to Data Institute Introduction to Data Sources
  • Introduction to Research Design
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Data Analysis using PowerBI
  • Institutional Review Board and Research
  • Research tool training
  • Leadership Panel, Putting Data to Work: How Leaders Use Data for Decision-making
  • Data Visualization and Storytelling



  • Deseree Probasco, MA - Director of Institutional Reporting
  • Marian Chaney, JD - Associate Vice Chancellor Analytics and Institutional Reporting
  • Dr. Jae H. Jung - Senior Analyst, Institutional Research
  • Janet Flores - Manager, Client Relations and Communications, AIR
  • Kent McShan- Director of Analytics
  • Jason Kot - Manager, Business Intelligence
  • Cortni Haralson - Manager, Texas State Reporting
  • Trudi White - Senior Analyst, Institutional Research

Guest Faculty and Panelists

Subject to change based on schedules, starred presenters participated last year.

  • Dr. Brian Shmaefsky, Institutional Review Board Chair
  • Dr. Lee Ann Nutt, President LSC-Tomball*
  • Dr. Rebecca Riley, President LSC-Montgomery*
  • Dr. Laura Yannuzzi, Vice President of Instruction, LSC-North Harris*
  • Poornima Swaminathan, Associate Vice Chancellor, Marketing and Communications*
  • Dr. Quentin Wright, Special Assistant to the Chancellor*

Suggested Reading

Redesigning Americaís Community Colleges.: A Clearer Path to Student Success. Thomas Bailey, Shanna Smith Jaggars, Davis Jenkins. April 2015, Harvard University Press. ISBN 9780674368286

Now You See It: Simple Visualization Techniques for Quantitative Analysis. Stephen Few, April 2009, Analytics Press.

Great Graphs. Ann Emery, October 2018, Depict Data Studio.

Data-Driven Leadership. Amada Datnow, Vicki Park. March 2014, Jossey-Bass.


For more information please contact Deseree Probasco at deseree@lonestar.edu

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