Director of Data, Assessment, and Evaluation
As director of data, assessment, and evaluation, Laura Costello provides leadership related to data analytics, assessment planning, and evaluation of the college’s Signature Impact Areas. She oversees data collection, analysis, and reporting efforts to support the college and its departments in strategically using data to track progress and make data-informed decisions.
Costello has extensive experience in assessment and research, including working with program staff and faculty to develop plans and procedures for measuring and enhancing student success. Prior to joining the College of Education, Costello worked for the School of Undergraduate Studies at UT Austin for 4.5 years where she played a critical role in leading and supporting program, college, and university-wide assessment initiatives. She led the assessment of UT Austin’s Core Curriculum required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the planning of UT Austin’s Quality Enhancement Plan as part of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) accreditation requirements.
She previously worked as a Research Specialist at the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (SEDL) and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) for 4 years where she assisted in evaluating technical assistance and professional development services provided to state education agencies for improving teaching and learning in K-12 schools.
Costello has co-authored and presented on research related to examining contextual, social, and psychological factors that influence college student learning, motivation, and persistence. She has also held workshops related to communicating data effectively through data visualization techniques, program logic modeling, organizational capacity building, and practical methods for measuring student learning.
Costello earned her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (2012), Masters of Arts degree in Program Evaluation (2010), and Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development (2007), all from the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin.