Institutional Research


Charles Cooley
Assistant Director

Charles Cooley began teaching at EMU in 1999. He received his bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College where he majored in mathematics, computer science and statistics. After two years studying Software Engineering (specifically object-oriented programming language code reusablity metrics) in the CS graduate program at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Charles took a supposedly part-time, one-year teaching position at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia. After a few years of full-time teaching, Charles moved to Harrisonburg and completed a master’s degree in computer science at James Madison University. Before returning to teaching, Charles worked as a Network Analyst and System Engineer. In 2007 with the merger of the CIS and CS programs, Charles began working in the EMU Institutional Research and Effectiveness Office half-time, but resumed full-time teaching to implement the new CS curriculum in 2008. In 2015, Charles is once again splitting his time between teaching computer science and serving as the assistant director of institutional research.


Scott Barge

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 as the director of institutional research and effectiveness.

Todd Van Patter
Research Analyst

Todd received a BA in Communication Arts and Sciences and a BA in Spanish from Pennsylvania State University. His experience working in a variety of organizations in both leading and supporting roles helped cultivate a deep interest in the challenges and possibilities faced by teams of all types and sizes. This led him to earn a MA in Organizational Leadership from EMU in 2016, as part of the first cohort to receive that degree.

Todd currently also serves as the Tutor Manager for Skyline Literacy, a local non-profit focused on empowering self-sufficiency and workforce participation through instruction in literacy, English, and citizenship.

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