Peter T. Ewell is President Emeritus of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). A member of the staff since 1981, Dr. Ewell’s work focuses on assessing institutional and higher education system effectiveness and the outcomes of college, and involves both research and direct consulting with institutions and state systems on collecting and using assessment information in planning, evaluation, and budgeting. He has directed many projects on this topic, including initiatives funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the National Institute for Education, the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education, the Lumina Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Pew Charitable Trusts. In addition, he has consulted with over 425 colleges and universities and twenty-four state systems of higher education on topics related to performance indicators and the assessment of student learning. His international consulting on quality assurance includes work in the U.K., Chile, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Dubai, and with the OECD.
Dr. Ewell has authored or co-authored eight books and numerous articles on the topic of improving undergraduate instruction through the assessment of student outcomes. In addition, he has prepared commissioned papers for many state agencies and national organizations. A graduate of Haverford College, he received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 1976 and was on the faculty of the University of Chicago.