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David Attis PhD

Senior Director of Academic Research

David Attis is the senior director of academic research with the Education Advisory Board (EAB). His studies have explored data-driven decision-making in higher education, academic program performance metrics, university budget models, managing large-scale multidisciplinary research, internationalization strategies in higher education, maximizing space utilization on campus, and the future of doctoral education.

Prior to joining the EAB, Dr. Attis was a senior director of policy studies at the Council on Competitiveness, a non-partisan organization of CEOs, university presidents, and labor leaders committed to increasing America’s economic competitiveness through innovation. He served as the deputy director of the council’s National Innovation Initiative and as a policy consultant on the National Academies’ Rising Above the Gathering Storm report. He also directed the research for the council’s flagship publication, the Competitiveness Index: Where America Stands, chaired by Professor Michael Porter of Harvard Business School, and performed research on the role of universities in regional economic development.

Dr. Attis also spent time as a management consultant for A.T. Kearney, both in their general consulting practice and in their global business policy council. His work included business turnarounds, strategy consulting, information systems implementation, global risk assessments, economic development, and policy analysis.

Dr. Attis holds a PhD in the history of science from Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of Chicago. His book, Mathematics and the Making of Modern Ireland: Trinity College Dublin from Cromwell to the Celtic Tiger, was published by Docent Press in Fall of 2014.

Insights & Expertise

  • Using data to find and eliminate section bottlenecks

    May 22, 2014
    Expert Perspective | Academic Affairs Forum

    Find out how Western Washington University is using a waitlist dashboard tool to help chairs quickly triage bottlenecks and open new sections during registration.

  • Revitalizing the Program Portfolio

    September 01, 2012
    Study | Academic Affairs Forum

    Profiles how to use program review as a strategic tool by integrating data on academic quality, student demand, and resource utilization to improve and prioritize programs for investment and expansion.

  • Next-Generation Advising

    September 12, 2012
    Study | Academic Affairs Forum

    Profiles inventive, cost-effective advising strategies that colleges and universities have employed to structure student course and major decisions, personalize advising support, and integrate career and academic advice in service of student degree completion and career readiness.

  • Smart Growth

    August 03, 2012
    Study | Academic Affairs Forum

    Profiles smart growth strategies of top institutions that maximize their instructional capacity based on a thorough analysis of capacity, costs, and student demand at the level of academic programs and individual courses.