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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

  • 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. (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.
  • 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.
  • 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., 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.
  • 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., 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. (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. 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Attended the 2013 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis
  • 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. 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., 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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. 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. (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. 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.
  • 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.
  • Borden, V. M. H. Kernel M. (2011, October). The Measuring Quality Inventory. Presentation at the 2011 Assessment Institute in Indianapolis. October 31.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. (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. 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. 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. (2010, November). Doing More with Less. Keynote address to the 2010 Illinois Association for Institutional Research Conference. November 4, 2010, Champaign, IL.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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

  • 2013 Charles F. Elton Best Paper 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
  • Outstanding Service Award
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