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Ricky Ray, Senior Data AnalystRICKY RAY
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH

Ricky Ray joined the Office of Institutional Data Management as the Data Analyst II in 2013 and was promoted to Senior Data Analyst in 2014. Ricky graduated Cum Laude in 2009 from Southern Arkansas University’s prestigious College of Business. During his time at Southern Arkansas University, he was a member of the national award-winning Students In Free Enterprise team, was a member of the Business Student Advisory Council, completed an accounting internship with South Arkansas Youth Services and was a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Ricky was recruited out of college by the State of Arkansas to serve as an auditor for the Division of Legislative Audit, the agency responsible for auditing institutions of higher education, as well as state and local government. In 2012, Ricky joined the Texas A&M University - Texarkana accounting department where he served as a Grant/Budget accountant until 2013.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
Supports critical university processes by creating a variety of ad-hoc reporting using the university’s data access and reporting system, WebFOCUS. Serves as the administrator of the report server and schedules essential reporting through Reportcaster, our report scheduling and distribution tool. Prepares moderately complex SQL queries to data mine the universities’ Oracle database. Responsible for preparing pertinent enrollment, applicant, graduation and retention data to administration. Prepares and submits required data reporting for the Legislative Budget Board, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas A&M System.

EDUCATION
B.B.A., Accounting/Finance, 2009
Southern Arkansas University, Magnolia, AR

Jennifer Willis, Data Analyst IIJENNIFER WILLIS
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF INSTITUTIONAL EFFECTIVENESS 

Jennifer is the proud daughter of a fellow A&M University-Texarkana alumna, Elaine Willis and member of the Texas A&M University-Texarkana Alumni Board. Jennifer began her career in higher education as a part-time clerk in the Admissions and Registrar’s Office in 2002.  She has previously worked as an Admissions Clerk, Assistant to the Director of Admissions, Admissions Coordinator, Interim Director of Admissions, Assistant Director of Admissions, and Assistant Registrar.  She never dreamed that she would have the pleasure of working at both the university and community college levels.   "I love that I work in a field that directly impacts the lives of our community members. I have seen our community grow and continue to support the efforts of higher education."   When she is away from work, she enjoys spending time with her son, dreaming up meals in the kitchen, and corralling the 5 four-legged children.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES
Perform data mining from existing university relational databases in Banner, etc, into specialized software such as WebFocus, to merge data and provide reports. Extracts data and generates reports, ensuring accuracy, to facilitate on going data dissemination via the Fact Book, System Metrics, Program Review, and website documents. Collects, develops, and submits reports for IPEDS, College Board, Accountability Draft System, NSSE, BCSSE, CATEF, NCES, and NPSAS on a semester/academic basis. Serves in a support role for university assessment and survey activities, as well as, administrator for the university course and instructor evaluation process. Develops and maintains a centralized university-wide webpages for internal and external audiences. Member of the Foundations of Excellence Steering Committee and Banner User Group (BUG). 

EDUCATION
M.A., Higher Education Administration
Sam Houston State University

M.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Adult Education Concentration
Texas A&M University-Texarkana

B.S., Business Administration, Interdisciplinary Studies Minor
Texas A&M University-Texarkana

B.B.A., Management
Texas A&M University-Texarkana

 

     

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