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Meet the Assessment Team

Anne Weiss

Anne Weiss

Assistant Director

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haweiss@purdue.edu

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About Anne

A passionate geek for all things related to improving teaching and higher learning with Purdue University.


Anne Weiss provides the vision and leadership for institutionalizing assessment practices (i.e., meta-assessment) across Purdue University. Weiss is here to inform and improve assessment practices-- and therefore, students’ success and learning-- by working with and informing a variety to decision-makers, faculty, and staff across our campus.


Further, as an assistant director of IDA+A, Weiss works to inform the strategic plan and vision of our unit. This includes tracking key performance indicators, conducting various assessments with/on the staff, and engaging in other strategic measurement that will improve our understanding of the degree to which iDA+A is achieving its mission and meeting the needs of our campus constituents.


Weiss has earned all degrees from Indiana University, but only after swirly across a variety of institutions of higher education in Indiana. Weiss was a first generation student that did not pursue her higher learning until- as Ghandi states- she found herself through service with AmeriCorps (both *NCCC and *VISTA). Weiss has conducted hundreds of workshops and presented dozens of papers at international, national, and local conferences- all related to assessment and evaluation in higher education. Weiss is the author of a dozen journal articles and book reviews or chapters on a variety of topics related to best practices in assessment, the institutionalization of community engagement in higher education, and students’ political communication during college.

Sue Wilder

Sue Wilder

Senior Educational Assessment Specialist

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sawilder@purdue.edu

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About Sue

I have a geeky side that blends a background in student affairs and higher ed administration to improve student learning and success at Purdue.


Sue Wilder supplies reports, studies and information on student data, accreditation, and learning outcomes. In addition to routine duties, Wilder works on many ad hoc projects to answer specific questions from administrators, deans, department heads, and directors.


As a senior educational assessment specialist, Wilder collaborates with IDA+A team members and other from across the Purdue community to advance student performance and success. Decision makers at all levels include this information in review and development of their programming goals.


Wilder brings extensive knowledge of Purdue and more than ten years of experience in student affairs. Wilder has a M.Ed. in higher education administration from Purdue University.

Katherine Yngve

Katherine Yngve

Intercultural Learning Outcomes Specialist

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kyngve@purdue.edu

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About Katherine

A data-whisperer* who loves teaching people how to teach people to work effectively across difference.


Katherine N. Yngve is IDA+A’s intercultural learning outcomes specialist; which may include outcomes of international, diversity-inclusivity and equity-focused culture-crossing. As such, Yngve consults with faculty and staff about embedding a wide variety of so-called ‘soft-skill’ outcomes (e.g. team communication; critical reflection, empathy, openness, etc.) into their courses, degree programs or co-curricular programs, and then measuring and improving that learning.


In addition to being a proud part of the IDA+A team, Yngve serves as Associate Director of Purdue’s Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment & Research (CILMAR), which she co-founded in 2016, after two years at Purdue. As such, Yngve spearheads the annual assessment of outcomes of all departmental study abroad programs and CILMAR’s annual cycle of assessment. Yngve has authored a book chapter on building a culture of assessment at a land-grant university (i.e. Purdue University), authored or co-authored 10 white papers and two scholarly articles (under review), plus Yngve has curated an online collection which catalogs over 70 research-validated instruments for measuring intercultural and inclusivity outcomes. The white papers and instrument collection can be found at intercultural Learning Hub.


Prior to joining Purdue, Yngve had just completed a three-year contract to found an International Programs Office at the American University of Beirut, the premier research university in Lebanon; serving as that institution’s first senior international officer. Yngve began her higher education career as an academic advisor, and enjoys leading Purdue students on short-term study abroad programs when other duties permit.


*A data whisperer is an ambassador between decision makers and analysts.

Andy Zehner

Andy Zehner

Assessment and Data Analyst

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alzehner@purdue.edu

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About Andy

A long and diverse career that has spanned four continents and encompassed diverse specialties.


Beginning as a journalist, Andrew Zehner has gone where his interests took him. Zehner has worked in Indianapolis, Capitol Hill in Washington DC, rural West Africa and post-Soviet Central Asia. Zehner has specialized, at different times, in public administration, labor economics and workforce development, community development program optimization, and more.


At Purdue, Zehner has designed and implemented data analysis for many projects and initiatives, including Foundations of Excellence, Boiler Connect, University Innovation Alliance, and Purdue’s civics literacy certification. Many of Zehner’s tasks have been requested by senior administrators seeking background briefings about complex issues such as transfer courses, repeated courses, and super seniors.

Hao Zhu

Hao Zhu

Assessment Specialist

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zhu157@purdue.edu

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About Hao

A researcher who is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of Purdue University.


Hao is a data analyst who supports the strategic, data-informed decisions of IDA+A campus partners and Student Success Programs by collecting, transforming and interpreting institutional data into actionable information.


Hao earned a Ph.D in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Hao has presented at various educational conferences and reviewed for multiple educational journals.

Craig Zywicki

Craig Zywicki

Assessment and Data Analyst

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czywicki@purdue.edu

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About Craig

A student affairs professional, highly skilled in assessment.


As an Assessment and Data Analyst with IDA+A, Craig Zywicki collaborates with a variety of campus partners to design and implement assessment or evaluation projects to meet program, unit, or institutional needs.


Zywicki’s professional background includes various roles in student affairs/services and teaching, at multiple research-intensive universities and a liberal arts college.