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Scott Barge

DEPARTMENT: Institutional Research and Effectiveness

POSITION: VP, Inst. Effectiveness

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 310

PHONE: (540) 432-4304


Originally from Hesston, Kansas, Scott Barge has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of higher education contexts. Since being introduced to the idea of institutional research as a student assistant to Goshen College Provost John D. Yordy, Scott has continued to cultivate a passion for using research to inform college and university decision-making and strategy. After earning a bachelor’s degree at Goshen College, he spent three years at LCC International University, in Klaipeda, where he now serves as vice chair of the board of directors. In 2011 he completed six years of graduate study at Harvard University, earning both master’s and doctoral degrees with an emphasis on quantitative methods for assessment and evaluation in higher education. During his graduate studies, he gained first-hand experience as a research analyst in the Institutional Research office at MIT and through various domestic and international consulting projects.

In 2011 Scott returned to his alma mater, Goshen College, to serve as the director of assessment and institutional research. Over his five years at GC, he provided leadership to various accreditation and strategic planning processes including the successful 2015 comprehensive evaluation for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. During the 2015-16 academic year, Scott served as interim vice president for enrollment and marketing.

In 2016, Scott began at EMU. His work with institutional effectiveness and strategic initiatives focuses on expanding the ways the university makes use of data to inform decision-making and providing support for various initiatives growing out of the university strategic plan. From time to time, Scott teaches EMU courses on statistics and research methods.


EDD, Harvard University (Higher Education)
MED, Harvard University (Higher Education)
BA, Goshen College (Education)

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