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Randy L. Swing

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Higher Education Consultant

Randy Swing is a change management leader in higher education and professional associations. He is currently a consultant and adviser to several for-profit and non-profit higher education organizations, including AASCU. Before entering the consultancy field, Dr. Swing was the executive director of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) from 2007 to 2016. Prior to joining the AIR staff, Randy served as co-director and Senior Scholar for the Policy Center on the First Year of College located in Brevard, North Carolina. The center focused on assisting colleges and universities, both 2-year and 4-year, in improving the learning and success of new college students. Additional appointments have included serving as a fellow at the National Resource Center on The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina, an honorary appointment as visiting associate professor at Kansai University of International Studies in Japan, and as an international advisor to the Quality Assurance Agency of Scotland. Swing also sits on advisory boards and commissions for the Collegiate Employment Research Institute, the National Institute of Learning Outcomes Assessment, the Southern Education Foundation, and the Validation Study Committee of the United Negro College Fund.

Swing focuses on postsecondary student success, data-informed decision making, and national policy, and he is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and author of books and articles on assessment, institutional research, and student success, especially the first-year experience. He holds a Ph.D. in higher education from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.

News Featuring Randy L. Swing

Randy L. Swing’s career in higher education spans more than 35 years with appointments as executive director of the Association for Institutional Research and co-director and senior scholar for the Policy Center on the First Year of College.

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