Dennis Mitchell, Ed.D.

Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness

Office: NU 6 - Room: NU117



As Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness (IE) and Accreditation Liaison Officer, Dennis Mitchell provides collaborative, executive leadership for college planning, institutional effectiveness, institutional research, business intelligence and data analytics, accreditation, grants development, assessment, program review, and compliance.

One of his key roles is to help college leaders and staff make data-informed decisions. He has developed many key Tableau dashboards related to enrollment monitoring and student success, and more recently developed an employee data literacy training program aimed at increasing the capacity for data-informed decisions at MCC. The IE Office also offers ongoing instruction and guidance in using Tableau to faculty and staff at all levels.

His nearly 20 years of experience in higher education include the Morrison Institute for Public Policy and the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University, as well as Rio Salado College within Maricopa. Dennis has served in various roles in IE since joining MCC in 2007, including research analyst, planning and research director and interim dean, before becoming  AVP of IE in 2019.

A first-generation college graduate, Dennis earned a Doctor of Education in leadership and innovation from Arizona State University, a master's degree in public administration from Valdosta State University, and dual bachelor's degrees in English literature and journalism from ASU. He also teaches in ASU’s Master of Higher Education and Doctor of Education programs and has been a past adjunct faculty member at MCC.

His current research pursuits include data use in higher education, employee perceptions of data use, equity-mindedness, equity-minded data use, and employee data literacy. Recently he was in Chicago at the American Educational Research Association’s annual conference presenting his dissertation research – “Thunderbird Data Scholars: Community College Employee Professional Development to Promote Data Literacy and Equity Mindedness.”

Degrees & Awards

Professional Awards/Certifications

  • Data Visualization with Tableau Specialization, UC-Davis (2017)
  • Society for College and University Planning Institute (2016)
  • Association for Institutional Research - Data and Decisions Academy Presidential Scholarship (2012)
  • Navigate Maricopa and Maricopa Leadership Foundations (2012)

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