Dr. Donna M. Jovanovich

Director of Institutional Effectiveness, John Tyler Community College

As an Achieving the Dream Data Coach, Dr. Donna Jovanovich consults with colleges in Georgia, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Texas. Currently, at John Tyler Community College in Richmond, Virginia, she coordinates strategic planning, assessment, program evaluation, research, and reporting, and she serves as the SACSCOC liaison. Prior to coming to the college, Donna served as the Director for Institutional Effectiveness at the Virginia Community College System Office, where she did state‐level policy work with Achieving the Dream and served on the Achieving the Dream Cross-State Data Work Group, which developed common measures of success for community college students. 

Donna has extensive experience with community colleges both as a mathematics professor and as an administrator. Recent studies include developmental education student success, success of community college students in the workforce, distance education, and college readiness. Results of Donna's studies are presented to the leadership of the colleges and the State Board of Virginia’s Community Colleges.

For 10 years, Donna taught mathematics at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. She also served as assessment coordinator, prepared annual college‐wide assessment reports on student learning outcomes, and developed a model for program evaluation. In addition, she directed the self‐study for reaffirmation of accreditation. At Virginia Commonwealth University, to document “completing the loop” of institutional effectiveness through an easy‐to‐use and useful web‐interface tool for both programs and managers, she developed a mechanism for units to report their goals and objectives, measures, findings, assessment results, and program improvements. Together with Information Technology staff, Dr. Jovanovich created an online assessment management system, which has been trademarked into WEAVEonline.

Educational Background: Donna holds a Ph.D. in education, with a concentration in research and evaluation, from Virginia Commonwealth University; an M.S.T. in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin‐Oshkosh; and a B.A. in mathematics from Lake Forest College.

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