Meet the Clearinghouse’s Meghan Godorov Who Helps Education Organizations Leverage Data to Help Students Pursue Their Dreams
Meghan Godorov, regional director of education insights, has worked with the National Student Clearinghouse since Fall 2017. Through her work, she informs the education community about the tools and resources that will helps individuals achieve education and excellence.
How long have you been with the Clearinghouse and what is your role?
Since November 2017, I’ve worked at the Clearinghouse as a Regional Director. First, I supported our higher education community in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland, helping them maximize the use of current services and onboard new ones as well. As of July 2019, I’ve served our StudentTracker for Outreach and StudentTracker for Educational Organizations to effectively use or adopt the service and support the Clearinghouse partnership manager.
Tell us more about the Education Insights team (e.g. its purpose, members, vision)
Our team’s mission is to provide data-based, education insights and services to organizations that support post-secondary attainment and close the achievement gaps for today’s learner. We educate current and prospective StudentTracker subscribers about the service’s power in measuring the effectiveness of their programs and other such offerings. We connect them with our colleagues who provide expert advice and additional support to customers.
Empowering professionals and funders to leverage the service to its full potential has sparked a dialogue around use cases for the data. For example, read more about our work supporting Michigan 4-H and BeBraven. We hope this intentionality will build a community of like-minded and like-purposed individuals and organizations; those who care about the success of all learners.
What is your background in higher education/education community?
I have a Bachelor’s in Psychology, Women’s Studies & Sociology from Franklin & Marshall College, and my Master’s in Student Affairs & College Counseling from Kutztown University. As a family worker for a reunification and preservation service in the Lehigh Valley, PA, I empowered parents to gather resources and act on knowledge gained to increase the likelihood of their children returning home. While in graduate school, I worked for the campus’ Community Relations and Development services office and as an assistant collegiate volleyball coach. I also spent five years at the Mount Holyoke College Career Development Center empowering a very diverse group of women to pursue an education that would help them meet their professional goals.
What are you most excited about related to the future of the Clearinghouse?
I’m most excited about our dedication to the expansion of workforce credentials into our already powerful and comprehensive set of trusted data and insights as it relates to our K20 to Workforce Continuum. Our college and university partners along with our long-time high school, district, state, and organizational partners want to understand student pathways and having this data will complete that picture for all and help learners make informed decisions about their academic and professional futures.
What’s the best part of your job?
My ability to ensure that organizations who support students’ access to, success in and completion of a credential, certification and/or degree(s) have the data they need to improve their programs and/or report on their impact is the most rewarding part of my job. Throughout my career, I’ve been able to help individuals advance in their educational journeys.
What is the one thing you wish all StudentTracker subscribers knew?
StudentTracker reports can provide great insight. Not only can you get the postsecondary data needed for your federal or grant reporting; your organization can benefit from a deeper analysis of the data we return. The service not only meets primary needs, but also serves secondary and tertiary goals, for example, those related to program and service enhancements that bolster learner success in college.
What’s most important to you about serving organizations through Education Insights?
The focus and commitment of the Clearinghouse to the improvement of StudentTracker’s user experience for all, and more specifically our non-profit, mission-driven organizations. If I can play a part in improving the customer experience in both the short- and long-terms, I will feel that my work on this team has made an impact. We will continue to partner with our product team leaders who are working on the next generation, StudentTracker service to provide a more user-friendly interface with even more data insights. For example, they are working on easier, more flexible ways to submit student data, interactive reports, and a peer-to-peer discussion platform. We will provide more information about the project timeline later in Fall of 2020.
Outside of the Clearinghouse, what do you like to do for fun?
I love getting outside to work out. I enjoy taking walks, doing yoga, hiking, biking, or rollerblading on one of the many paved trails in my area. In addition, I take time to read professional development books, volunteer in my community, or practice and post my #iPhonephotography photos on Instagram. Lastly, spending time with my loved ones is something I prioritize when I am not traveling to meet with customers.
Our team’s mission is to provide data-based, education rich insights and services to organizations that support post-secondary attainment and close the achievement gaps for today’s learner. We educate current and prospective StudentTracker subscribers about the service’s power in measuring the effectiveness of their programs and other such offerings.
Regional Director of Education Insights