Laurie SmithDirector of Institutional Research
Laurie Smith began working at Frost Research Center in July 2014. She provides reports, data and analysis related to all aspects of Hope College. This information provides information to Hope College faculty, staff, current and prospective students, parents, colleagues at other institutions and the general public.
In addition, Laurie is responsible for reporting functions to meet federal, state and governing agencies accountability requirements. She conducts, implements and manages qualitative and quantitative approaches to research and evaluation projects for external clients.
Before coming to the Frost Center, Laurie worked as an educational data consultant for the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District, in Holland, Michigan, for 13 years, where she was the instructional lead for their data warehouse. She was also one of 10 regional level experts for a state program on Formative Assessment called FAME (Formative Assessment for Michigan Educators). Laurie has extensive experience in assessment, surveys and K–12 grade level data.
- B.S., business, Davenport University
- Master’s, management, Aquinas College
Why I Love Hope
Laurie loves the down-to-earth people who work at Hope. She also enjoys working with the students, who are some of the brightest, most eager-to-learn people she have ever encountered.
Outside the College
Outside of working at Hope, Laurie enjoys doing home improvement projects, gardening, reading, hiking and spending time with her children and grandchildren.