Stephen Thorpe, EdD

  • Director of Institutional Research & Effectivess
  • Assistant Professor


  • EdD Education (1992)
    University of Delaware (DE)
  • MBA Business Administration (1988)
    Delaware State University (DE)
  • BS Computer & Information Sciences (1983)
    University of Delaware (DE)

About Me

I joined Widener as Director of Institutional Research in January 2006.

Prior to coming here, I served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Neumann University. For nearly two decades, I've held several responsible positions in higher education, having served as Assistant Provost of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at Drexel University and Director of Institutional Research at LaSalle University. I was also the Executive Director of the Computer Center and Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Wesley College. I've served on the steering committee of the North East Association for Institutional Research and was president of the organization in 2012. In 2009, I was selected to join the faculty of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Foundations of the Institutional Research Institute.

I've also served on the research board of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania and as an accreditation evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.


  • Thorpe, S. & Bidgoli, H. (2005). Extranet uses, development, security and privacy. Internet Security and Privacy, New York: Wiley Publishers.
  • Thorpe, S. & Bidgoli, H. (2003). Extranets. The Internet Encyclopedia, New York: Wiley Publishers.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Association for Institutional Research (AIR), North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR)


  • Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award, Widener University (2009–2010)
  • Graduate Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award, La Salle University (2000)