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Victor M. H. Borden
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Department:  Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Affiliations:  Center for Postsecondary Research, Higher Education & Student Affairs
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Victor (Vic) Mark Haifleigh Borden, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. He also directs the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as well as the Project on Academic Success, both within the IU Center for Postsecondary Research.  As if that isn't enough, he serves as a senior advisor to the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs. Dr. Borden's general area of scholarship is on the assessment of organizational performance within higher education institutions. Within this general area, he has pursued four themes: student progress and performance; organizational performance assessment and accountability; diversity and equity within higher education; and organizational learning and development as a framework for institutional research. Dr. Borden has published over 100 articles and book chapters. His professional activities include consulting and teaching workshops on accountability and improvement, program assessment, statistics, survey research, and the use of technology for assessment, decision support, and institutional analysis. He has delivered more than 190 presentations and workshops throughout the U.S. and in Europe, Africa, and Asia. Dr. Borden is an active contributor to several professional associations, most notably, the Association for Institutional Research, of which he is a Past President.


    Ph.D. Social Psychology (1987) University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    M.S. Social Psychology (1984) University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    B.A. Sociology and Psychology (1979) University of Rochester


  • 2013 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award
  • Outstanding Service Award
  • Fulbright Specialist Program - two week stint at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Participated in a national teaching and learning conference (presented the keynote address and a workshop) and delivered a series of seminars and lectures at the University


  • Borden, V. M. H. (2011). Accountability for student learning: Views from the inside out and the outside in. Alternation, 18(2).
  • Rajecki, D. W. and Borden, V. M. H. (2011). Psychology degrees: Employment, wage and career trajectory consequences, Perspectives on Psychological Science, 6(4), 321-335.
  • Borden, V. M. H., Taylor, J. L., Park, E., Seiler, D. J. (2013). Dual credit in U.S. higher education: A study of state policy and quality assurance practices. Chicago, IL: Higher Learning Commission, A Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Borden, V. M. H. Peters, S. R. (2014). Faculty perspectives on learning outcomes assessment. In H. Coates (Ed.), Assessing learning outcomes: International perspectives for quality improvement. Frankfurt, Germany: Peter Lang.
  • Borden, V. M. H., Shaker, G. G., Kienker, B. L. (2013). The impact of alumni status on institutional giving by faculty and staff. Research in Higher Education.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2014). Anything but simple: Inappropriate use of Euclidean distance in Govinger at al. (2013). Commentary in South African Journal of Science, 110(5/6), 4pp.
  • Rajecki, D. W. and Borden, V. M. H. (2010). First-year employment outcomes of American psychology baccalaureates revisited: Need for a degree, salary, and relatedness to the major, Psychology Learning and Teaching, 8(2), 23-29.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2010). The accountability/improvement paradox. Inside Higher Education, Views, April 30.
  • Borden, V., Vithal, R., Dhunpath, R. (2013). Assessing the efficacy of access programmes at UKZN. In R. Dhunpath R. Vithal (eds.). Access to higher education: Under-prepared students or under-prepared institutions" Cape Town: Pearson Education South Africa.
  • Borden, V. M. H. Kernel, B. M. (2010). Measuring quality in higher education. Web site resource sponsored by The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the American Council on Education (ACE), and the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA).
  • Borden, V. M. H., Calderon, A. J., Fourie, N., Lepori, B., Bonaccorsi, A. (2013). Challenges in developing data collection systems in a rapidly evolving higher education environment. In K. Weber A. Calderon (eds.). Global Issues in Institutional Research. New Directions for Institutional Research, No, 157 (pp 39-58). San Francisco: Jossey Bass.
  • Shaker, G. G., Kienker, B. L., Borden, V. M. H. (2014, online). The ecology of internal workplace giving at Indiana University: A case study of faculty and staff campus campaign communications fundraising. International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing. DOI: 10.1002/nvsm.1501. 15pp.
  • Rajecki, D. W. and Borden, V. M. H. (2010). Liberal arts skills, psychology baccalaureates, and firstyear employment: Notes on a meritocracy hypothesis, Teaching of Psychology, 37(3), 1-8.


  • Breakthrough Learning Models in Postsecondary Education
  • Using eText Data to Formulate Strategies to Improve Student Performance in Post-Secondary Gateway Courses
  • Leading to Completion
  • Non-Financial Indicators of Higher Education Institution Viability


  • Borden, V. M. H. (2012, July). Myths realities of the other IUs. Presentation to the 2012 Future Faculty Teaching Fellows Summer Institute. Lake Monroe, IN, July 13.
  • Borden, V. Mays, T., (2012, September). Data and methods: How to study for-profits. Presentation at the Access, Competition and For-Profit Higher Education Conference. Sponsored by the American Educational Research Association and the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University. Durham, NC, September 21.
  • Borden, V.M.H. (2011, May). Study Abroad: Who Participates and With What Benefit" Presentation to the 2011 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Toronto, Canada, May 25.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2010, September). Accountability for Student Learning: Views from the Outside In and the Inside Out. Plenary address at the Fourth Annual Teaching and Learning Conference, University of KwaZulu-Natal Teaching and Learning Office. September 21, 2010, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2011, October). The Role of IR in Enrollment Management in Uncertain Times. Plenary address to the 3rd annual conference of the Middle East-North African Association for Institutional Research. Cairo, Egypt, October 13.
  • Invited contributor to the Lumina Credentials Summit, a national dialogue on credentialing. After a plenary panel, the summit participants worked in smaller groups to discuss issues and then reconvened to amalgamate the discussions.
  • Bailey, T., Borden, V., Evenbeck S. (2011, September). Transformational educational models: How can we bring them to scale at existing community colleges so as to meet the Completion Agenda" Panel discussion at A National Colloquium: Reimagining Community Colleges, introduced by Eduardo Mart and facilitated by Carol Ann Riddel. Sponsored by the City University of New York, New York City, Septermber 23.
  • Burd, S., Borden, V., LoCascio, C., Torres, V. (2012, November). Dealing with student loan debt: The problems. Panel presentation at the National Education Writers Association Seminar, Degrees vs. Debt: Making College More Affordable. Indianapolis, IN, November 2.
  • Borden, V. M. H. Hu, Y. (2012, June). Graduation rate performance, institutional rankings, and performance funding. Paper presented at the 2012 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, LA, June 4.
  • Shaker, G., Borden, V., Miller, B. (2012, November). Giving by faculty and staff across the indiana university system. Paper presented at the 2012 conference of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Indianapolis, IN, November 16, 2012.
  • Borden, V. Shaker, G. (2013, May). Personal and positional predictors of faculty and staff giving. Paper presented at the 2013 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Long Beach, CA, May 21.
  • Webber, K., Calderon, A., Nauffal, D., Saavedra, M., Bramblett, S., Borden, V. (2015, May). Global Perspectives Symposium. Presented at the 2015 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Denver, CO, May 26.
  • Borden, V.M.H. Kernel, B.M. (2011, May). Reconciling Higher Education Productivity with Educational Quality. Presentation to the 2011 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Toronto, Canada, May 24.
  • Borden, V. Hu, Y. (2013, May). Improving graduation rates: Doing the right things vs. doing things right. Paper presented at the 2013 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Long Beach, CA, May 21.
  • Borden, V. M. H. Kernel M. (2011, October). The Measuring Quality Inventory. Presentation at the 2011 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis. October 31.
  • Three workshops and two seminars presented to faculty and administrators on the following topics: Evidence Based Decision Making and the Rise of Institutional Research (Seminar)
  • Measuring and Enhancing Department Productivity (Workshop)
  • Institutional Research (Workshop)
  • Student, Staff and Constituent Surveys (Workshop)
  • Assessing Civic Engagement (Seminar)
  • Attended the 2013 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2012, June). Predicting academic risk and using the results wisely. Presentation to the 2012 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, New Orleans, LA, June 4.
  • Shaker, G. G., Kienker, B., Borden, V. M. H. (2013, November). The ecology of internal fundraising and giving at Indiana University. Association for the Study of Higher Education Annual Meeting, St. Louis, MO.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2011, April). Using Assessment Results to Enhance Student Learning and Convince Others That We Are Doing So. Keynote address to the University of Arizona Assessment Showcase. April 5, 2011. Tucson, AZ.
  • Using Assessment to Improve and Account for Student Learning. Academic Impressions Professional Development Workshop: Victor Borden, Chair
  • Workshop Presenters Victor Borden, David Paris and Kathi Ketcheson. San Antonio, TX, March 24-25. Sessions presented by Victor Borden: Assessment Challenges (with Paris and Ketcheson)
  • Tools and Techniques for Assessing the Quality of Learning
  • Quality of Student Learning and Success
  • Assessment for Improvement and Documenting and Demonstrating Feedback Loop
  • Putting it all together (with Paris and Ketcheson).
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2012, November). IR and the Evolving Global Academic Landscape. Plenary address to the 2012 Forum of the Australasian Association for Institutional Research. Terrigal, Australia, November 14.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2011, August). Reconciling Accountability and Quality Improvement. Paper presented at the 2011 European Association for Institutional Research Conference, Warsaw, Poland, August 30.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2010, November). Doing More with Less. Keynote address to the 2010 Illinois Association for Institutional Research Conference. November 4, 2010, Champaign, IL.
  • Webber, K., Borden, V., Saavedra, M., Romano, J. (2013, May). Global perspectives on IR: Issues for today and considerations for the future. Paper presented at the 2013 Forum of the Association for Institutional Research, Long Beach, CA, May 20.
  • Miller, B. L., Shaker, G. G., Borden, V. M. H. (2013, November). Faculty and staff giving culture and strategies at Indiana University campuses. Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Associations Annual Meeting, Hartford, CT.
  • Borden, V. M. H. (2010, October). Measuring Quality: Why, What, How and for Whom" Keynote address to the Association for Jesuit Colleges and Universities 2010 Planning Conference. Fairfield University, October 18, 2010, Fairfield, CT.


  • School of Education: Promotion and Tenure Committee
  • Center for Postsecondary Research: Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
  • Lumina Foundation and Indiana Business Research Center: Member Advisory Group for the Indiana Higher Education and Workforce Simulation Project. An application of Synthetic Environments for Analysis &
  • Simulation (SEAS).
  • Tertiary Education and Management (TEAM) Journal: Editorial Board member
  • American Association for State Colleges and Universities: Evaluation of the Millennium Leadership Initiative Annual Institute
  • Association for Institutional Research: Ad Hoc Governance Task Force - studies governance models and developed a recommendation for altering the association's governance structure
  • School of Education: Long Range Planning Committee
  • Review of Higher Education: Peer reviewer for one manuscript in 2014
  • Indiana University: Early Alert System (IU-FLAGS) Risk Assessment Project
  • Indiana University Bloomington: Sustainable Computing Working Group
  • Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology: Peer reviewer for two manuscripts
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