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Robert Aaron

Robert Aaron

  • Executive Director, Assessment & Planning in Student Affairs, Northwestern University
  • Instructor, Higher Education Administration and Policy

Research Interests

College student identity development, assessment & evaluation in higher education.


Dr. Robert W. Aaron is Executive Director of Assessment and Planning in Student Affairs at Northwestern University. In this position he leads assessment, research, and decision support for over 25 administrative units that comprise the Division of Student Affairs. He came to Northwestern in 2016. 

Dr. Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in music from University of Rochester, his master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University, and his Ph.D. in higher education from Indiana University. Prior to Northwestern, Dr. Aaron worked in a variety of capacities in higher education for twenty years: He served in assessment and research-related positions at The Ohio State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). In addition, he held multiple positions in student affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. 


  • PhD, Higher Education, Indiana University, 2010
  • MA, Higher Education & Student Affairs, Ohio State University, 1996
  • BA, Music, University of Rochester, 1993