Barlow, Elizabeth A. (Libby)

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Libby Barlow is an Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Assessment at Syracuse University, where she serves on the Provost’s Cabinet, provides leadership developing analytics and business intelligence for the university, oversees data infrastructure and reporting functions, and coordinates assessment and related efforts.  She is actively engaged in Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) events, and is serving on a peer review team in 2016.  From 2002 to 2013 she was at the University of Houston (UH), where she ascended through a series of positions connected with assessment, institutional research, student success, university registrar, and a data warehouse effort, including the development of executive dashboards and student data structure.  Her general education work included partnership at the state level with other institutions to establish Texas as a LEAP state with the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ (AAC&U) Leap States Initiative.  At UH, she also served on the accreditation oversight committee, coordinating committees, and contributed to the development of all documents submitted as part of the decennial review with the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools-Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC). Dr. Barlow has been an Associate Editor of the Review of Higher Education since 2005 and served on the Advisory Board of U.S. News and World Report, working with their college rankings staff during 2004-2006.  She has published on the politics of assessment; undergraduate admissions, financial aid, and persistence; and structural equation modeling.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, a master’s in world religions from Harvard Divinity School, and an Ed.D. in higher education administration from the University of Houston.  She has taught South Asian philosophy at the high school and undergraduate levels, and undergraduate student persistence theory at the graduate level.