Mark Figueroa, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Planning and an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College 

As an Achieving the Dream Data Coach, Mark Figueroa works with five colleges in Washington and two in Texas. He has been part of the Achieving the Dream initiative since 2006.

Mark is the Associate Provost for Institutional Research and Planning and an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He serves as the College’s Accreditation Liaison Office, is a member of Executive Council, and faculty coordinator for the Master’s program in Student Affairs Administration. Figueroa is also the co-chair of the College’s Strategic Planning Council and is an ex-officio member of the Athletics Advisory Board. In addition, he serves as an assistant coach for the Pioneers football team.

Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, Figueroa served as the Director of Assessment, Planning and Institutional Research at Scripps College in Claremont, California. He also served as co-chair for the College’s diversity committee and oversaw the institution’s emergency preparedness program. At Scripps, he taught a course on the cultural politics of hip hop and also taught courses on diversity and student development at Claremont Graduate University.

Figueroa’s entry into the world of higher education research and planning started as a result of work in a student transition program at Arizona State University. There he began working on assessment and evaluation and soon found himself as a founding Director of Institutional Research at two different institutions. A proud child of the hip hop generation, he brings the framework of that culture—improvisation, creativity, and innovation—to his work in higher education, all aspects he feels are necessary to move higher education into its next phase.

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