Brent Drake, the vice provost for the office of decision support, says UNLV has the chance to accomplish the “grand objective of higher education”– assisting individuals enhance not just their own lives, but likewise the lives of future generations.
He signed up with UNLV this academic year, and is reshaping his workplace to better support university leadership in its dedication to responsibility and evidence-based decision-making.
Drake, who originated from Purdue University, said increasing access to tools and research can assist the organization be tactical in its use of resources, and assistance leaders craft more effective policies and practices to satisfy institutional goals, such as student achievement, retention, and conclusion.
At Purdue he functioned as the chief data officer, where he helped build “an environment where leaders might make better tactical choices based upon information,” that caused successful outcomes for students. There, almost 80 percent of trainees finish their undergraduate degrees in six years or less. Drake stated he believes UNLV might attain that level of success for its students in time through well-crafted, research-based policies and programs.
UNLV excites me for a few factors. While I love Purdue– I spent 18 years working there and earned all 3 of my degrees from Purdue– UNLV has much more social and income variety, which equates to greater opportunity for meaningful trainee gain access to and success. I really think in the grand goal of higher education. It is the very best method to obtain the most people the best opportunities to improve their future outcomes, not just for themselves, however also for the long-term betterment of their kids and future generations. UNLV serves individuals for whom a higher education truly can be life altering– where a college truly matters.
We’re a young organization and there’s a terrific energy about it. We just see a thing that needs to be fixed, and we can fix it. We aren’t mired down by 150 years of custom that says this is how it’s supposed to be.
Why Choice Support?
I started out as an athletic trainer. It was a discipline that was very much about the useful application of sports medication. I was assisting athletes carry out better and recuperate much faster from injury. Nevertheless, while I was working on my undergraduate degree, I was offered a chance to take part in undergraduate research with a psychology professor, who truly was and is my coach, David Rollock. He triggered my interest in social science research study.
So, I went into sports psychology for my master’s degree to combine those two interests, and I learned that what I truly enjoy to do is the research study. This led me to an even higher interest in instructional psychology, where we use data to examine the best ways to develop optimal environments for student success, and that brings into whatever we perform in institutional research.
By using data, we can see if a policy or a program is having the result we intended, or if we’re creating roadblocks. We can see what the results really are. You have evidence in numbers, a source of reality, and we’re not shooting from the hip anymore or just going on anecdotal proof. Tactically, it is easier to see exactly what is the best option and exactly what is the very best path.
What fuels your passion?
I believe in the grand opportunity that is higher education. It is the greatest way to lift a population and supply a more thriving future.
For example, my deal with the Gallup-Purdue Index took a look at connections of graduates’ future success with their college experience. The big takeaway from that task was that it didn’t matter where a graduate went to school; when we divided the outcomes by the top 100 institutions in US News and World Report, or the Ivy’s, or public versus private, none of that related. Where we saw correlations with a sense of wellbeing and career satisfaction was how engaged individuals were as students in their college experience. Just how much did they seek out chances outside the class? How much did they take part in experiential learning chances? How engaged were they with their professors and other students? Those outcomes truly associate 40 years of higher education trainee success literature, where engagement and dedication to the institution are extremely associated with student success.
Here at UNLV, I feel I can have an impact and assistance construct a place that helps the most students accomplish success, not just with a degree but likewise in the long run with an excellent profession and higher life. I want to make UNLV a place that sees students succeed as much as students at elite organizations. I think we can arrive, once again, using institutional research study to supply info about how we can be most efficient and identify the best approaches for our trainee population.
Finish this sentence, “If I could not work in my existing field, I want to …
My dream was constantly to be an NFL running back (hence the whole athletic training thing), however alas my moms and dads didn’t bless me with enough athletic genes.
What is something individuals would be amazed to discover you?
Aside from the fact that my bachelor’s degree was athletic training? I indicate it is a circuitous course from athletic training to institutional research. My grand life plan at 18 was to be a bottom. I wished to be an athletic fitness instructor for a snow patrol. I figured I might squander a decade or two then determine exactly what I wished to make with my life. However, I met my spouse my sophomore year of college, was married my junior year, so by 20 I was wed with 2 kids. The bum idea sort of got dropped at that point. I’m blessed to not just have our two kids, now two fantastic granddaughters too.
Where did you grow up?
I matured mainly in Peoria, Illinois, except for three years when we lived in Brussels, Belgium. I would enjoy to take a trip back to Brussels with my partner so I could reveal her all the memories from my maturing, however we haven’t gotten the possibility to do so yet.
What are a few of your activities?
I like athletics, playing and enjoying. One of the downers of getting older is that all the sports I liked to do as a youth like football, wrestling, boxing, gymnastics, pole vault, skate boarding, aren’t all genuine practical any longer. So, I do lower impact things now like softball, racquetball, swimming, sometimes basketball, and so on (I still drag out my skateboard every as soon as in a while). Otherwise I’m a big nerd, reading (sci-fi dream is my pleasure reading), video games, parlor game, podcasts, and so on
. Tell us about a time when you have actually been daring …
Relocating To Las Vegas is in fact truly bold. I had invested a lot of years at Purdue. It would have been the much safer option to stay there and simply keep improving the environment. I’m actually proud of exactly what I developed there, however coming here, I can see that exactly what I do matters a lot more and can empower and improve the lives of numerous more students, which will also empower and enhance the neighborhood, and the state.
In 10 to Twenty Years, UNLV will be …
UNLV will be among those elite research, high-student-success institutions that produces greater understanding for the common good. UNLV will be helping a diverse population see the gains and advantages of attaining a degree.