Staff Directory

IRAP Mission Statement

The fundamental purpose of the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning (IRAP) is twofold, directed toward fulfilling the stated missions of the University of North Carolina and of Appalachian State University:

  • to provide data support for university planning and management activities; and,
  • to provide leadership for comprehensive academic and administrative planning and assessment.

IRAP assumes primary responsibility for (a) collecting data about the performance of the university, (b) collecting data about the environment of the university, (c) analyzing, interpreting, and presenting the collected data, and (d) transforming the data into meaningful information that supports university planning, policy making, decision making, and assessment. Services of IRAP are available to university administrators, faculty, and students involved in planning and management activities as well as to persons and agencies outside the university. In fulfilling its mission, IRAP seeks to anticipate information needs, present information in accessible and useful ways, and provide prompt, accurate, and courteous service.

Staff Directory

Executive Director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning

Heather Langdon
Executive Director of Institutional Research, Assessment and Planning
SACSCOC Accreditation Liaison

  • Accreditation/SACSCOC inquiries
  • University/UNC funding model
  • General IRAP inquiries regarding any area
  • Campus data inquiries
  • Specialized research



Kathy Tester
University Program Specialist

  • External surveys for national publications
  • University Communications Liaison
  • Department Representative for Building Emergency Team
  • Student Employee Supervisor
  • General IRAP inquiries 


Strategic Analytics & Institutional Research

Rick Sears
Director of Strategic Analytics and Institutional Research


Scott Moomaw
Senior Business Intelligence Analyst

Amanda Harper
Business Intelligence Analyst


Cathy Ziegler
Tech Support Specialist

Ginny Moench
Enrollment Management BI Analyst


Rich Tedder
Business & Technology Applications Analyst

Cody Buchanan
Business & Technology Applications Analyst

  • 25Live/R25 Software Administrator
  • Space Management Dashboards, Analytics, and Tools
  • Space Management Website


Institutional Effectiveness 

Dr. Tina Hogan
Director of Institutional Effectiveness

  • Continuous Improvement/Assessment
  • Survey Policy and Scheduling
  • Recurring Surveys
  • General Education Assessment Summit
  • Workshops and Professional Development

Vivian Thompson
Survey and Course Evaluation Coordinator

  • Online Course Evaluations (CoursEval)
  • Survey Assistance and Database Requests
  • Qualtrics

Apriale Neill
Senior Assessment Associate

  • Continuous Improvement/Assessment
  • Periodic Comprehensive Reviews (PCRs)
  • Xitracs
  • General Education Artifact Collection