It is our expectation to offer high quality and timely services in carrying out objectives to:

  1. Develop and implement institutional effectiveness plans, including support for the assessment of learning outcomes
  2. Assist academic, administrative and support units with the assessment of core services consistent with institutional effectiveness and accreditation requirements
  3. Facilitate the strategic planning process
  4. Provide standard institutional data and respond to all institutional data requests from internal and external customers


Dr. Frank Archer, III is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. A native of Sandersville, GA. Frank earned a Bachelor of Science in Agronomy from Fort Valley State College, a Master of Science in Environmental Soil Science, and a Ph.D. in Plant and Soil Science from Alabama A&M University. Prior to joining Fort Valley State University, he worked as the Director of Institutional Research and Chief Data Officer at Albany State University. His scholarly interests include research methodology, data mining, assessment practices and skills, retention and graduation, development of college students and program evaluation.

Contact, Frank directly at 478-822-7593, Email: archerf@fvsu.edu, Fax Number: (478) 822-7595


Mr. Don McCarthy is the Associate Director and Senior Research Associate for the office of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness. Mr. McCarthy lives in Columbus, Georgia and attended Morehouse College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Troy State University, Troy University and Nova Southeastern University. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, ADDGM for Prince Hall Masonary in the Jurisdiction of Georgia and several other civic and social groups. His scholarly interests include Grant writing, Website Design, Project and Logistics Management, Research, Data Mining and Assessment Practices.

Contact Don directly at (478) 822-7594, E-mailmccarthyd@fvsu.edu, Fax Number: (478) 822-7595

Ms. Sylvia Bezawada, Data Management Specialist, joined Fort Valley State University in 2017. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science at Vignan’s Nirula, India and Master’s degree in Computer Science from University of New Haven. Prior to FVSU; she worked as a Program Analyst at a small company in the private sector and has experience with Java Programming, Web Designing, Oracle Database, Big Data and Business Intelligence and Reporting.

Contact, Sylvia directly at 478-822-7596, Email: bezawadas@fvsu.edu, Fax Number: (478) 822-7595

We desire to more fully integrate the office into the daily operations of the university, giving emphasis to the basics of continuous quality improvement and the use of proven quality improvement methods and models in serving and meeting the needs of our students and the general public. We look forward to serving you. Please feel free to call on us if you should have questions or concerns.