Joseph Howard

Joseph E. Howard, MS

  • Vice President for Enrollment


  • MS, Organizational Leadership (2009)
    Mercyhurst University (PA)
  • BA, Sociology (2003)
    Mercyhurst University (PA)

About Me

As Vice President for enrollment, I oversee the offices of Undergraduate Admissions, Graduate & Continuing Admissions and Enrollment, and Enrollment Services (Financial Aid, Bursar, Registrar, and One Card).

I'm responsible for the university's overall enrollment strategy, including market research, prospecting, and financial aid leveraging. I partner with colleagues across the university to help prospective students and their families learn the value of a Widener education. As a student of higher education, I also help campus stakeholders understand the demographic, competitive, and public policy environment shaping the broader field.

I value collaboration and innovation and look to build those capacities in others. In addition, I enjoy engaging current students in our work, tapping students with interests in data science or analytics to help advance the university's efforts while gaining real world experience.

Research Interests

  • Machine learning
  • Data science
  • Admissions
  • Financial aid
  • Access and equity
  • Institutional effectiveness


  • Meizlish, D. S., Wright, M. C., Howard, J., & Kaplan, M. L. (2018). Measuring the effect of a new faculty program using institutional data. International Journal for Academic Development, 23(2), 72-85.
  • Bastedo, M. N., Howard, J. E., & Flaster, A. (2016). Holistic admissions after affirmative action: Does “maximizing” the high school curriculum matter? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 38(2), 389-409.
  • Wright, M. C., & Howard, J. E. (2015). Assessment for improvement: Two models for assessing a large quantitative reasoning requirement. Numeracy: Advancing Education in Quantitative Literacy, 8(1).
  • Howard, Joseph E. (2015). Stata command reference.

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