About Us

  • The Office of Institutional Research is a relatively new function at Southeast Community College. Our mission is to support SCC by promoting, coordinating, and practicing the effective use of valid and reliable data for decision making, planning and communication.

    IR Staff

    The following provides some background about each staff member. Contact the team at ir@southeast.edu.

    Robin Moore

    Administrative Director for Institutional Research and Effectiveness | rmoore@southeast.edu

    Robin has been with SCC since July 1984. During that time, she served several roles in Admissions and Registration at the Lincoln Campus and over seven years as Director of Enrollment/Dean of Student Services at the Milford Campus. She moved into her current position, the first IR position at the College, in January 2013. Robin’s primary function will be oversight of the office as well as working specifically with state and federal reporting, including IPEDS and VFA. Robin loves Husker sports and spending time with family.

    Rebecca Carr

    Associate Director for Institutional Research | rcarr@southeast.edu

    Rebecca came to SCC in June 2015 from previous IR and decision-support positions at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Vanderbilt University. Rebecca's area of focus is fairly broad as the team establishes data resources and decision-support capabilities. She is an evangelist for using best practices in data visualization ("save the pies for dessert!"). Rebecca is married to Jeff Korbelik, Features Editor at the Lincoln Journal-Star, and is a frequent companion on his dining reviews.

    Emily Adams

    Institutional Research Analyst | eadams@southeast.edu

    With a background in psychology (B.A., Creighton University; M.S., Western Illinois University), Emily's areas of focus are data analysis, predictive analytics, and survey design. Since arriving at SCC in December 2014, she has been responsible for the analysis of the Faculty/Staff Survey and development of a suite of Employer Demand Surveys. Emily is a lover of international travel and tea. At any given time she has approximately 15 different kinds of tea at home (and usually at least four at the office).

    Sara Pegram

    Business Intelligence Developer | spegram@southeast.edu

    Sara joined SCC in July 2015 after 14 years as a Business Analyst working on the State of Nebraska’s Child Support computer system. She has a B.S. in psychology from Truman State University and her current role on the Institutional Research team is to be a bridge between IT and IR, serving to maintain the data warehouse and support data integrity and reliability. Sara is married to Mike Pegram (who also works at SCC). They have three kids who keep them on their toes. Though she does not have strong feelings about pie or tea, Sara does have a close relationship with her morning coffee.

    Shawna Herwick

    Coordinator of Planning and Accreditation | sherwick@southeast.edu

    Shawna is returning to SCC after directing the undergraduate social work program at Union College since 2012. She started at SCC as an intern in 2007 and worked on the Beatrice, Lincoln, and Milford campuses in the TRIO/Student Support Services program for five years. Her professional experience includes institution-wide and program-specific accreditation, program planning, teaching, and student services. With a background in social work (BSW, Union College; MSW, University of Nebraska at Omaha), she is passionate about the alleviation of poverty through access to quality educational opportunities. Shawna loves to watch Packers' games with her husband, Caleb, and enjoys Thai food, traveling, paper crafting, and yin yoga.

    Jill Wightman

    Institutional Research Analyst, Qualitative | jwightman@southeast.edu

    Jill Wightman joined the IR office at SCC in July 2016, after 11 years teaching cultural anthropology, most recently at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. She has a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Illinois. Her area of focus is qualitative research. Jill is returning to Nebraska after 20 years of wandering around North and South America, and is happy to be home.

    Presentations and publications

    The following documents were prepared by IR staff members. The list will grow over time.