Meet the Team

Brandon J. Combs, Ed.D., Director of Assessment

Dr. Brandon Combs is the Director of Assessment for the University of Central Arkansas.  He joined UCA in 2016 after having served as the Assistant Director of University Assessment of the University of Kentucky.  Prior to working with the University of Kentucky, he served as a Law Enforcement Training Instructor for the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Department of Criminal Justice Training, the state’s police academy.  In this role he worked on the Curriculum Development Taskforce, who worked towards rewriting the academy’s curriculum.  Prior to that, he served more than six years as the Communications Supervisor for the UK Police Department.

Brandon completed his doctorate in Educational Technology Leadership with emphasis in Instructional Design.  He also received a Master of Science degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University, and two Masters of Arts degrees from Morehead State University [MA: Education Technology, 2015; MA: Adult & Higher Education, 2017].

Brandon’s research interests include backchanneling, classroom and instructional design, law enforcement training, distance learning/education, policy analysis, and criminal justice education requirements.  He has been actively involved in various professional and advocacy organizations, including: the Association for Educational Communications and Technology [Professional Ethics Committee], the Kentucky Equality Federation [Chairman of the Board, past], and the Southern Brigade of Kentucky Colonels [Chairman of the Board, past].  You can contact Brandon by email at bcombs@uca.edu or by phone at 501.450.3253.

Service

Academic Assessment Committee – Committee Chair (2016 – Present)
Student Evaluation of Teachers Committee – Committee Chair (2016 – Present)
UCA Core Council – Ex Officio Member: Non-Voting (2016 – Present)
Strategic Planning Committee – Ex Officio: Non-Voting (2016 – Present)
Diversity Advisory Committee – Ex Officio: Non-Voting (2016 – Present)
Student Success and Retention Council – Guest Consultant: Non-Voting (2016)


alyson-lentzAlyson McEntire, M.S., Coordinator of Assessment and Academic Support

Alyson McEntire is the Coordinator of Assessment and Academic Support for the University of Central Arkansas.  Prior to working with the Office of Assessment she was a Delivery Analyst for Acxiom Corporation in Conway, Arkansas.  In this role, she provided extensive analytical, data product, and business skills that were applied through the execution of data including the development, and creation of data content for use in data products and solutions.  Alyson served in this role for more than five years.

Alyson completed her Master of Science degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security.  She also obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Parks and Recreation with an emphasis in Therapeutic Recreation from Arkansas Tech University.  With this, Alyson has over seven years’ experience in higher education, counting her current job role.

Alyson’s interest include continuing in a higher education environment where she can utilize her skills, abilities, and knowledge in promoting student success.  You can contact Alyson by email at amcentire@uca.edu or by phone at 501-450-5086.

Service

Staff Senate – Senator [Term Expires 2019] (2015 – Present)
Staff Senate Sub-Committees:
– Employee Recognition Committee
– Emergency Funds Committee
– Winter Feast Committee
– Spring Picnic Committee
– Professional Development
– Parking and Traffic Committee
Academic Assessment Committee – Committee Member (2014 – Present)
Student Evaluation of Teachers Committee – Committee Member (2014 – Present)
Business Continuity Plan Committee – Committee Member (2015 – Present)
UCA Core Council – Ex Officio Member: Non-Voting (2016 – Present)
Student Success and Retention Council – Guest Consultant: Non-Voting (2016)
Thesis Advisor (Master’s Student) – 2016 – 2017