About

Stephen R. Porter

Steve is a Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. For the first half of his career he worked as an institutional researcher, most recently as Director of Institutional Research at Wesleyan University. Since switching to a faculty role, he has taught statistics and research methods courses at Iowa State University and NC State.

His research focuses on student success and survey methods; he is known for challenging the validity of the National Survey of Student Engagement and other college student surveys. Besides his work at NC State and Percontor, he serves on the editorial boards of several top education journals, on grant review panels for the Institute of Education Science, and as a Visiting Scholar at RTI International. Learn more about Steve here.

Paul D. Umbach

Paul is a Professor in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. He has 20 years of experience in higher education, where he has worked in institutional research and as a researcher with the National Survey of Student Engagement. For the past 10 years he has been a faculty member teaching courses on a range of statistical procedures, research design, higher education, policy analysis, and survey research methods.

Paul’s research applies advanced quantitative techniques to the study of policies and programs aimed at increasing college access and success. He also has done extensive research on survey methods in higher education settings. His more than 40 articles and book chapters are widely cited. He currently serves as Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education. Learn more about Paul here.

Percontor

Percontor is a Latin word that means “I inquire” or “I investigate”.