Danville Community College recently announced this week the hiring of Justin Nichols as full-time research analyst and assessment coordinator in the college’s Center for Organizational Excellence & Data Analytics on July 1.
Nichols, a 2016 graduate from DCC and a lifetime resident of Southern Virginia, worked for the previous two years and six months as a part-time research assistant to the director of institutional planning, effectiveness and research. He holds three Associate of Applied Sciences degrees in information systems technology: computer programming, network engineer and PC technology, three career studies certificates: network technology, networking with CISCO/CCNA, and PC upgrade and repair, and one industry certification: Microsoft technology associate.
“Not long after I started in my part-time role on campus, I developed the college’s first online interest form for prospective students to request information about DCC using skills I acquired in DCC’s computer programming, now software development, program,” Nichols explained. “I’ve since developed and maintained numerous web forms, web pages, automated system processes, software applications, and dashboards to assist the college in performing its duties more effectively and efficiently. I’ve also created and implemented new survey instruments and processes for performing assessments on our academic offerings to ensure that we are continuously improving, as well as maintaining our compliance with standards set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.”
Nichols’ responsibilities in this role include conducting research using DCC’s student data, helping DCC to measure student satisfaction and presenting data visually to enhance the way the college uses data to inform decisions, among many other day-to-day tasks and special projects.
— Special to the Register & Bee