Assessment & Planning

  • Institutional Research 

    The Institutional Research Office at Worcester State University provides data, information, expertise, and leadership to support our strategic priorities and assist with internal decision-making.

    We submit reports and data as required by state, federal, and accrediting agencies, work closely with the Institutional Assessment Office on data gathering, analysis, and reporting for national assessment studies, submit responses to information/data requests from external organizations, share data with the WSU community and the community at large through a variety of media, and provide mandatory reports to external agencies (e.g., governing boards and state/federal agencies).

    Our office must ensure the confidentiality of information; information is released only to appropriate individuals and groups in accordance with applicable federal and state laws. Our office adheres to the Association for Institutional Research Code of Ethics.

  • Meet the Staff

    Sarah Strout
    Assistant Vice President for Assessment and Planning

    Dr. Sarah Strout received her B.A. in Psychology from Assumption College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Clark University. She began her career in higher education in 2006 as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Faculty Center for Innovation and Creativity in Teaching at Southern New Hampshire University. At Dominican College of Blauvelt, Dr. Strout was an Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, and Chair of the Assessment Committee. Dr. Strout moved into administrative work as the Associate Director of Assessment at Radford University in Virginia before joining Worcester State University in 2017.

    Kenneth Smith
    Director of Institutional Research

    Kenny Smith received a B.A. in Management from Southeastern Louisiana University and an M.B.A. from Ole Miss (University of Mississippi). He spent several years in the private sector before entering the higher education field. Kenny was a research associate at Southeastern Louisiana University for approximately 8 years before coming to Worcester State University in August 2006. He has been a member of AIR (Association of Institutional Research), SAIR (Southern Association of IR), and is currently actively involved with NEAIR (Northeast Association of IR).

    Dan Guarracino
    Data Analyst

    Dan Guarracino holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.S. in Library and Information Science from Simmons College. Between degrees, he spent time in support and administrative roles at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Northeastern University. While working on his master's degree, he served as a Digital Projects Assistant for the Wolbach Library at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He joined Worcester State University in 2018. Dan enjoys well-constructed surveys and dislikes 3-D pie charts.