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Dr. Bobbie

Associate Director, Research & Assessment

Dr. Bobbie Frye is associate director of research and assessment for Achieving the Dream. In this role, she supports event evaluations, reporting, data analyses, and data coaching. Dr. Frye joined ATD in 2019 after two years of  working with Tribal Colleges and Universities as a data coach. Since joining ATD, she provides technical support and serves advisory roles for Post-secondary Data Partnership (PDP) onboarding and is fostering continuous improvement of the data submission process. She shares insights and innovative SAS tips contributing to PDP technical briefs.

Prior to joining ATD, Dr. Frye served as Executive Director of Central Piedmont’s Institutional Research Department and has 20 years of institutional research experience. During her tenure, she gained experience in SAS programming and coding, federal and state reporting, grant evaluations, program reviews, and accreditation. She represented the college on state teams engaged in research and in building data capacity. She has served as teaching professor in research methods and sociology and published in applied research journals. Her research interests include the various applications of statistical methods in intervention research including propensity score matching, regression, and factor analyses. She focuses on community college action research leading to improvement of college experiences and to equitable outcomes for all students


Ph.D. (Adult and Community College Education) | North Carolina State University

M.A. (Sociology) | UNC Charlotte

B.A. (Sociology) | UNC Charlotte

Past Experience

Executive Director | Institutional Research Department, Central Piedmont Community College

Senior Consultant | Center for Applied Research, Central Piedmont Community College

Teaching Professor | North Carolina State University

How has education changed your life/your family?

My family embraced reading and had strong work ethics. Exposure to school sparked my interests and desire to learn. In high-school I enjoyed math coursework and considered pursuing a college degree as a math teacher. As a first-generation college student, education provided opportunities to develop passions for learning, data analyses, and helping others through teaching and mentoring roles.

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