Our Team


Anna Sher, Ph.D. - Assistant Director for Assessment & Survey Research

Dr. Anna Sher has extensive experience and expertise in assessment of student learning, equity-minded analysis, survey research, program evaluation, and accreditation. To initiate and facilitate a campus-wide engagement in assessment at UCSC, she developed a methodological framework and analytical support for faculty-led assessment with a focus on identifying equity gaps in student learning outcomes. Over the last seven years, Anna has worked with many faculty members across the campus on program-specific assessment studies in undergraduate and graduate programs. Since 2009, she has overseen a wide range of survey projects at UCSC seeking to understand key factors in students' learning experience in the major, decision-making about coming to or leaving UCSC, and students' experience and perceptions of inclusion and diversity at UCSC, as well as survey projects that supported campus strategic initiatives. Prior to taking on a leading role in supporting assessment at UCSC, she worked with the UCSC Chancellor’s Advisory committee on evaluating and improving the climate for diversity, equity, and inclusion at UCSC. Her research interests include equity-minded methods in assessment of learning and survey research, leading to improvement in student experience and learning outcomes. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Stony Brook University, NY, and is a graduate of the WSCUC Assessment Leadership Academy.

Priscilla Sung, Assessment Specialist

Priscilla Sung, Ph.D. - Assessment Specialist

Priscilla provides analytical and administrative support for multiple assessment projects across UC Santa Cruz. A researcher and educator with over a decade of teaching experience in various settings and with diverse students, Priscilla sees assessment as a powerful means of promoting student learning, enhancing instructor engagement, and advancing educational equity. Her research interests include bilingualism, cognitive development, and early childhood education. Priscilla holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, and a B.A. in Education Studies from Brown University.

Yu Zhang, GSR

Yu Zhang, M.S. - Graduate Student Researcher

Yu is a graduate student researcher at IRAPS. She conducts research and produces analytical reports on educational effectiveness, equity, and student learning experiences at UC Santa Cruz.  Her research interests include strength-based learning, cultural perspectives on cognitive development (e.g., math understanding, analogical reasoning), and early childhood education. Yu is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Developmental Psychology at UC Santa Cruz.