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Founding Director, Center for Student Analytics, Utah State University

Dr. Mitchell Colver began working in higher education in 2007, where his early experiences with students taught him to focus on the value of human diversity and human potential. As a thought leader in the field, he is frequently invited to champion the idea that student success can best be fostered through increased intentionality amongst faculty, staff, and core leadership. Dr. Colver believes that human empowerment and collaboration are the most powerful tools that 21st century institutions have in their arsenal to optimize the student ecosystem. Mitchell has degrees in Psychology/Music and Experimental Research, as well as a PhD emphasizing research in Higher Education. His research has appeared in Popular Science, Discover, Slate, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, and, internationally, on Radio BBC. With a dual-appointment as an Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership, he offers courses in learning science, change leadership, and student success analytics. An honorary appointment as a visiting scholar at London South Bank University has allowed him to enjoy ongoing research in the UK about institutional effectiveness and student well-being. His prominence in the field has allowed him to serve as a leadership consultant for universities across the nation and globe.

Sample Publications:
Colver, M. (2018). The lifecycle of sustainable analytics: From data collection to change management. Center for Student Analytics: Utah State University.

Colver, M., & Fry, T. (2016). Evidence to Support Peer Tutoring Programs at the Undergraduate Level. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 46(1), 16-41.

Colver, M. C., & El-Alayli, A. (2015). Getting aesthetic chills from music: The connection between openness to experience and frisson. Psychology of Music, 0305735615572358.

Colver M. C. (2013). Study Simpler: Study Skills Development. Independent Publication: Cheney, WA.


  • –present
    International Student Orientation Coordinator, Utah State University