Trudy Bers, Ph.D.

Trudy Bers is President of The Bers Group, an educational consulting organization.

She was formerly the Executive Director of Research, Curriculum and Planning at Oakton Community College in Des Plaines, Illinois.  She is a Data Coach for eight Achieving the Dream colleges; a consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission regional accrediting association; a faculty member in the University of Maryland University College doctor of management in community college leadership program; program evaluator for a Kresge Foundation grant at Governors State University in Illinois; and Title III evaluator for Lawrence University in Wisconsin.   

Her research interests include the community college, the assessment of student learning outcomes, and the effective presentation and use of data.  She has been president of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the Council for the Study of Community Colleges, the National Community College Council for Research and Planning and the Illinois Association for Institutional Research, and is former chair of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative Executive Committee.   She has published more than more than fifty articles in professional journals, edited or co-edited four issues of New Directions for Community Colleges, co-authored two AIR online professional development courses, and made more than fifty presentations at professional conferences. 

Bers earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana, and holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, an A.M. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois-Urbana.    

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