Dr. Lisa Stich

Senior Specialist, Data Partnerships

National Student Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse)

Dr. Lisa Stich

Senior Specialist, Data Partnerships

National Student Clearinghouse (the Clearinghouse)

Lisa Stich, Ph.D., has a passion for student success, and for data-informed organizational systems that promote dialogue, transparency, and collaboration. As a result, she applied her twenty-five plus years in higher education (beginning as faculty member, Institutional Effectiveness & Assessment Specialist, Dean, and mostly recently Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at a community & technical college) to the National Student Clearinghouse. She is currently Senior Specialist, Data Partnerships in support of the Postsecondary Data Partnership.

Lisa has been active at national and local levels and was selected as an Aspen Presidential Fellow for Community College Excellence in 2018/2019. Lisa served as President of the Board of the National Council of Instructional Administrators, Director on the Board of the American Association for Women in Community Colleges, and member of the Michigan Community College Advisory Board for Student Success.
Lisa holds a doctorate in education from Capella University, a master’s in health administration from Cardinal Stritch College, a bachelor’s in psychology from Ripon College, and another bachelor’s in health record administration from Emory University. She was a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission and a past grant reviewer for the Department of Labor.


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