John Nugent

Director, Institutional Research and Planning

John Nugent joined Connecticut College in 2000 as a visiting assistant professor of government and transitioned to the institutional research office in 2003, where he directs a broad program of data collection, analysis, and reporting to inform College decision making, planning, teaching, management, program review and accreditation, grant writing, and marketing. He responds to data requests from on and off campus and explains and interprets institutional data and performance metrics to highlight strategic, operational, and policy implications for the College. John collaborates with other data managers on campus to coordinate or carry out reporting to external entities such as the federal and state governments, college guidebooks, and consortia. In addition to those duties, he serves on the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy steering committee.

John has an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Iowa and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Safeguarding Federalism: How States Protect their Interests in National Policymaking (University of Oklahoma Press, 2009).

Makayla Grays

Assistant Director, Institutional Research and Planning

Makayla collects, analyzes, and reports data to inform administrative decision making and to fulfill requests from external agencies. She supports offices and departments across campus with research studies, surveys, program reviews, and reaccreditation.

Prior to arriving at Conn in 2015, Makayla was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Auckland and a consultant in James Madison University’s Center for Assessment and Research Studies. Both roles involved assessing postsecondary students’ learning and development, often through advanced quantitative methods.

Makayla received her bachelor’s degree in psychology and special education with a minor in philosophy from Augustana College, master’s degree in educational psychology with a minor in higher education from Penn State, and Ph.D. in assessment and measurement from James Madison University.