Soon Merz Flynn

Soon Merz Flynn has served as Vice President for Effectiveness and Accountability at Austin Community College since 2004. She leads the strategic planning and institutional effectiveness operations of the college. 

Her background in higher education is broad and covers institutional research and effectiveness, outcomes assessment, and planning at community colleges, public and private universities, and at the system level. 

Prior to her current position at ACC, she was responsible for setting up a new institutional research office and a statewide data collection and analysis system for the Kansas Board of Regents in Topeka, Kansas. She also served with the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Soon directed the Faculty Affairs and Institutional Research office at the University of Kansas Medical Center and served in the Office of Planning and Analysis at Oakland Community College (Michigan). 

In addition, Soon served as an IPEDS trainer for the Association for Institutional Research for 10 years.  She is currently an Achieving the Dream Data Coach and is working with several colleges to improve the success of their students.
Soon is active in several professional organizations and has served in leadership positions for the Association for Institutional Research, the Texas Association for Institutional Research, the National Post-Secondary Education Cooperative, the National Community College Benchmarking Project, the Pflugerville Education Foundation, and the American Association of University Women. 

Soon holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Kansas, a Bachelor of Science in General Business from the University of Central Texas, and an Associate of Science in General Education from Central Texas College, graduating with honors for all degrees.

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