Laura Jensen, Ph.D.

Laura Jensen, Vice Provost for Planning and Effectiveness, has over twenty years of professional research experience and worked at the University of Colorado and Front Range Community College before coming to Colorado State University. She is committed to helping the institution better understand issues surrounding student success, program evaluation, assessment, enrollment, faculty/staff, research, and operations. She serves on a variety of internal and external committees related to educational research, reporting, and data management.

Heather Novak, Ph.D.

Heather Novak, Assistant Director, began working at CSU in 2004. She is passionate about understanding the institutional factors that facilitate undergraduate student success, especially for low-income and first-generation students. Her academic training focused on both quantitative and qualitative research methods and her expertise is in multivariate analyses and quasi-experimental research design. Heather enjoys working on research projects that inform policy and curriculum.

Ana Silva

Ana Silva, Assistant Director, came to CSU from Brazil in 1990, earning her Bachelor’s degree and then working in Information Systems as she completed her graduate degree. After exploring opportunities in the private sector, she returned to campus. Ana helps to lead the office through oversight of all IT functions including the Oracle database, Business Intelligence, and all standard reporting. She believes a strong business sense is invaluable for the office to be effective and is committed to making data easy to access and use.

IT Staff

Mark Paquette

Mark Paquette, DBA, came to Colorado State University after working for a small private college in Northern Minnesota where he provided technical support to many areas of campus including Institutional Research. His main responsibilities are database administration and technical support for the IR’s reporting applications.

Research Analysts

Lee Tyson, M.A.

Lee Tyson, Research Analyst, joined IRP&E in 2018 after spending over 15 years in the private sector as a survey researcher and operations professional. Lee has extensive experience managing survey projects (instrument development, sampling, weighting, analysis, and reporting) and mining data to support decision-making and strategic initiatives. Lee enjoys crafting compelling narratives of results, identifying key themes and trends, for a variety of audiences. She holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, research and evaluation methods emphasis, from the University of Colorado Denver.

Data Specialist and Executive Assistant

Tyson Koss

Tyson Koss, Data Analyst, graduated from CSU and returned ten years later to work for the Vice President of Administrative Services. He has worked in this office since 2006 and is responsible for all of the annual reports related to faculty (salary, hires, attrition, promotion/tenure etc.) and institutional facts (Fact Book, InFact, and Institutional Profile). He also serves as the main contact for the Schedule Course Adjustments, Instructors and Times (SCAIT) system; the system in which you will enter course sections and instructor assignments.

Lindsey Laverentz

Lindsey Laverentz, Executive Assistant, is responsible for a wide range of duties within the Office with a primary focus on providing administrative support to the Vice Provost for Planning and Effectiveness. She earned her B.S. from CSU and returned in 2015 as an administrative assistant in the Equine Sports Medicine service at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital before this current role. 

Staff resources (including on-boarding materials) are available online.