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Jessica Hutchings
Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs

Phone: (337) 475-5512

BS, MLIS, University of Oklahoma
Joined IRE May 2015

-SACSCOC Liaison
-Regional and Professional Accreditation
-General Education Curriculum and Assessment
-Unit and program assessment and planning
-Institutional review and planning
-Other Academic Support Services

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Dane A. O’Blanc
Director of Institutional Research

Phone: (337) 475-5080

BS, MBA, McNeese State University
GC, UC San Diego Extension
Joined IRE May 2006

-State Reporting
-Federal Reporting
-IRE Website
-University Policy Page
-University Factbook
-Ad hoc requests

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Renella Martin
Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Phone: (337) 475-5509

AS, SOWELA Technical Community College
Joined IRE December 2018

-State Reporting
-Federal Reporting
-Appointment Letters
-Faculty Workloads
-Ad hoc requests

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Wesley LeJeune
Coordinator of Assessment and Curriculum Development

Phone: (337) 475-5591

BS, MS, McNeese State University
Joined IRE January 2016

-Academic Catalog
-Curriculum and Course Development
-General Education Assessment
-Unit and Program Assessment
-Regional and Professional Accreditation Support
-Ad hoc requests

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Tonya Laughlin
IRE Special Projects Analyst

Phone: (337) 475-5510

AS, SOWELA Technical Community College
Joined IRE December 2003

-Class Climate System and related surveys and assessments
-Survey development
-Student Evaluation of Instruction process and report creation
-Institution-wide peer review process
-Ad hoc requests

Kathleen (Kay) Dougay
Special Projects Analyst

Phone: (337) 475-5077

BS, McNeese State University
Joined IRE 1982

-Special Projects
-Faculty Credentialing
-SACSCOC Compliance Support

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Constance (Connie) Major
Administrative Coordinator 2

Phone: (337) 475-5530

AS, SOWELA Technical Community College
Joined IRE February 2019

-General administrative support to office
-Other duties and special projects as needed


Student Workers

Paige Daboval

Paige is from Lake Arthur, LA and is studying Chemical Engineering

Claire Leonards

Claire is from Bell City, LA and is studying Early Childhood Education

Our Mission


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness is to provide leadership and support for the institution’s operational and strategic decisions and facilitate processes that ensure continuous improvement. The Office’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Providing data and analysis to support the institution’s mission and strategic goals;
  • Ensuring compliance with SACSCOC principles of accreditation and satisfactory maintenance of professional accreditations;
  • Ensuring timely and accurate completion of federal and state reporting requirements;
  • Providing support for academic program analysis and professional accreditation;
  • Improving the university through original research projects, education, and resources to aid in curriculum development, assessment, and continuous improvement for academic and administrative units.

Our Commitment

IRE adheres to the Code of Ethics and Professional Practice established by the Association for Institutional Research and SACSCOC Principles of Accreditation 1.1 (Integrity). These documents guide our professional practice and outline our professional values, which include a commitment to continuing education; objectivity; fairness; confidentiality; and, above all, integrity. Our Office strives to be an objective, trusted resource for all campus constituents. See also our statement on Survey Administration.