The United States Department of Education’s Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary
Education (FIPSE) requires an external evaluation of First in the World grantee activities.
Kennesaw State University hired WestEd-Atlanta as the external evaluator for the Transfer
Advocate Gateway (TAG) Program. WestEd is responsible for ensuring the Transfer Advocate
Gateway Program’s evaluation meets What Works Clearinghouse Standards of Evidence.
The external evaluation will use a randomized controlled trial to report the effects
of the Transfer Advocate Gateway program on the retention, persistence, and graduation
of transfer students at Kennesaw State University.
External Evaluation Team
Daniel Bugler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenna Terrell: email@example.com
Joseph McCrary: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kathryn Grogan: email@example.com
Meet the Evaluators
Dan Bugler is a Senior Research Associate for WestEd and the Content Lead on Great
Teachers and Leaders for the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center. Bugler specializes
in quantitative analysis and evaluations of educational programs. Currently, Bugler
leads a team evaluating the implementation of the Maryland Department of Education’s
(MSDE) new teacher and principal evaluation system. Bugler has co-authored two evaluation
reports that MSDE has used to refine implementation strategies. Bugler is also designing
studies to study the validity of Teacher evaluation systems for Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Jenna Howard Terrell
Jenna Howard Terrell is a Research Associate in the Evaluation Research Program at
WestEd. Her responsibilities include evaluation and research study design, instrument
development and administration, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, and data
visualization for the Program’s evaluation and research projects. Terrell serves as
the Project Coordinator for the evaluation of two federally funded First in the World
grants, where she oversees large-scale randomized controlled trials and is responsible
for quantitative data collection and analysis.