Dr. Jan Lyddon’s background emphasizes policy analysis, strategic planning, and gathering, analyzing or structuring information for executive decision-making. Her career has included 12 years as a researcher for the Legislature, focused on higher education policy and budgeting at the state level, plus an additional 2 ½ years as chief research and information officer at the state coordinating board for higher education in another state. At the state level her work has both been to develop policy options and to analyze and respond to policy proposals. Lyddon has directed institutional research and planning offices at both public and private universities and at community colleges in Michigan, Ohio and Texas. Through her work in institutional research and planning she has led campus wide strategic planning efforts, resulting in solid strategic plans and strategy execution systems. Jan has also been the team leader for institution-wide continuous quality improvement efforts. She frequently presents workshops and consults on development and use of balanced scorecards and dashboards as tools for leadership to achieve effective strategy execution.
Jan has been a Data Coach for Achieving the Dream, a national initiative to improve student success in community colleges, from its inception in 2004. As an Achieving the Dream Data Coach, she has consulted 15 colleges in Achieving the Dream, ranging from very small to very large, and in rural, suburban and urban locations. She is particularly proud that El Paso Community College, was the recipient of the Leah Myer Austin Award for 2011, Zane State College in 2012, and several others have been identified as Leader Colleges in Achieving the Dream. These recognitions are based on evidence of improved student outcomes and institutional operations. In addition, she serves as the Data Coach for several universities in the Siyaphumelela initiative in South Africa, an effort that is aligned with Achieving the Dream.
She also works independently with colleges and nonprofits to improve their strategic plans, strategy execution, measurement and effectiveness. As a consultant, she has advised colleges on the development of plans and improvement of their institutional research offices and institutional effectiveness processes. She served as interim director of institutional research for a very large community college system, and in a role to “assess Assessment” for a specialized community college located in a major urban area. In the past she has been a national IPEDS trainer, and remains active with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and was one of the original officers of the statewide affiliate in Michigan. In AIR she served a two year term on the Nominations and Elections Committee, and previously served two terms on the Higher Education Data Policy Committee (HEDPC). She is currently a member of the Association for Higher Education Effectiveness (AHEE) Board of Directors. Additionally, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on organizational communication and analysis, nonprofit budget development, and public administration.
Lyddon earned a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, an M.P.A. from Western Michigan University, an M.A. from Michigan State University and a B.S. from Iowa State University.