Angela Bell

Associate Vice Chancellor

University System of Georgia


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Angela Bell

Associate Vice Chancellor

University System of Georgia

Dr. Angela Bell is the senior executive director for Research, Policy and Analysis for the University System of Georgia (USG). In this role, Bell directs the design of data collection and analysis to support research, planning, and policy development and implementation.

The Office of Research, Policy and Analysis serves as the research arm of the University System Office and the Board of Regents, analyzing higher education and related state and national policy issues and their impact on the USG.

The Office benchmarks USG institutions’ performance indicators against those of national peers. The department also is responsible for policy level administration of USG primary data systems for students, curriculum, and degrees and majors; provides guidance and support of USG institutional strategic planning and institutional effectiveness initiatives and supports System planning.

Prior to her current position at the Higher Education Policy Commission, Bell worked for the Commission as a research and planning analyst.

Her research has focused on financial aid policy analysis and factors shaping postsecondary student success and time to degree such as student background, developmental education, transfer, and enrollment intensity.

Bell completed her doctorate in higher education administration at the University of Georgia in 2008. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, she was a high school Latin teacher for nine years and worked for a year as an academic advisor at the University of Georgia. She earned a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, Princeton, N.J. and a master’s in language education from the University of Georgia.

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