John Milam


Responsible for design and implementation of direct assessment competency-based education programs at Lord Fairfax Community College. John Milam earned a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Virginia (1989) and has held institutional research and faculty positions at the University of Houston, WVU, George Mason University, UVa, and LFCC. He is now serving as Executive Director of Knowledge to Work, LFCC's Round 4 TAACCCT grant of $3.25M from the U.S. Dept. of Labor. John developed the GMU Data Warehouse in 1995; built websites for AIR, ASHE, & the ERIC Clearinghouse in the early years; and hosted Internet Resources for Institutional Research from 1995 to 2005. He’s taught workshops over the years about data applications on the web, including Data Warehousing: An Introduction at the AIR Forum and SAIR. When he was CEO of, John led the development team for various online IPEDS data applications, including the Executive Peer Tool, Dataset Cutting Tool, Glossary, Data Analysis System, CIP 2010, and State Data Center; also conducting special IPEDS studies of derived variables, online software design, data allocation schemes, and noncredit data collection. Some of his other projects include the NPEC ANSWERS website, the Virginia Teacher Education and Licensure Data Warehouse, and the Common Data Set Exchange. He was the contractor for and co-authored the IPEDS Student Unit Record Feasibility Study in 2005 and has conducted several multi-state, longitudinal studies for NCHEMS and as part of a Lumina Foundation for Education grant through UVa about serving non-traditional students. Dr. Milam has published about using national datasets, taxonomies, and web applications for IR. He is the co-author of chapters in the recent Handbook for Institutional Research about business intelligence and analytics and building cost models and published the electronic AIR monograph “Longitudinal Studies: Context, Measures, Construction and Tools” in 2012.