Ellen Peters

Director of Institutional Research and Retention at the University of Puget Sound


  • BA, Bates College, Theater and Psychology
  • EdM, Harvard University, Administration, Planning, and Social Policy


Ellen Peters is the Director of Institutional Research and Retention at the University of Puget Sound. She believes in evidence and the power of post-secondary education, especially the impact that an undergraduate college can have on an individual’s life.

Peters enjoys working with faculty and other colleagues to clarify their student learning outcomes and then mapping them to institutional learning outcomes. She hopes to develop a clear, mission-driven structure for outcomes where every piece of the institution plays a role and knows their contribution to student success both in and out of the classroom. Thus, Peters is also interested in improvement of the student experience and evidence of the values of higher education.

Peters feels that her Teagle Scholar colleagues provide insight, ideas, and support that allow her to think differently. She feels that the workshops, conferences, and consultations with other institutions that are provided by TASP are very valuable. Being a Teagle Scholar also allows Peters and her fellow scholars to work together, thus strengthening not only each other but assessment across the nation.

“Teagle Scholars become resources ourselves, not only in what we can offer by way of our own direct experience, but also in our ability to point to another scholar or other resource,” says Peters. “As practitioners who continue to grow and learn, we explore cutting-edge assessment ideas and challenges while at the same time developing best practices based on our hands-on experiences on our own campuses.”

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