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, 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.
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.
Lee Tyson, M.A.
Data Specialist and Executive Assistant
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.