Jacquelyn Stirn is an independent higher education consultant and serves as the Achieving the Dream Data Coach for nine colleges in six states, including college from the first two cohorts. She is continuing to work with four Achieving the Dream Leader colleges, two of which also received Developmental Education Initiative Grants and one that received a Catalyst Grant. Ms. Stirn served as the Data Coach for Patrick Henry Community College and Montgomery County Community College, both of which received the Leah Meyer Austin Award.
Her work outside of data coaching for Achieving the Dream includes external evaluation for student success projects as well as providing guidance for the reorganization of the institutional research function. She was also a consultant for two colleges in Texas for Student Success by the Numbers.
Prior to her role with Achieving the Dream, Ms. Stirn was the Director of Institutional Research for the Community College of Denver and the University of Colorado System Office. She also held research positions at Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), Regis University, Colorado Commission on Higher Education and Penn State.
Ms. Stirn has managed many longitudinal databases and was instrumental in producing two editions of the WICHE high school graduate projections as well as the regional fact book. She served as a trainer for the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) web system for over ten years. She continues to be active in state, regional and national institutional research associations.
Educational Background: Ms. Stirn received her Bachelor’s in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park and her Master’s in Public Administration from Pennsylvania State University, University Park. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit management.