Founded in 1918, Ball State University (BSU) is recognized for embracing beneficence and the enduring values of excellence, innovation, courage, integrity, inclusiveness, social responsibility, and gratitude. Located in Muncie, Indiana, with satellite campuses in Fishers and Indianapolis, BSU is committed to providing an innovative, learner-centered learning experience in a welcoming, collaborative culture that inspires passion and purpose for a fulfilling career and a meaningful life. Ball State University currently enrolls over 22,500 students engaged in undergraduate, graduate, certificate, and specialist programs, and BSU prides itself on maintaining a welcoming environment for a diverse population of students of all ethnicities, genders, identities, faiths, and backgrounds. As a public research institution, BSU offers 120 undergraduate majors and 94 graduate disciplines, and boasts a 16:1 student-faculty ratio. Ball State is ranked #1 in the country in College Magazine’s “Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities,” and, for the fifth year in a row, has earned the “Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award” from Insight into Diversity.
Role of the Associate Vice President of Institutional Research, Analytics, and Decision Support for Ball State University
Reporting to the chief strategy officer in the President’s office, the associate vice president (AVP) for institutional research, analytics, and decision support (IRADS) is the senior university executive responsible for leading the effective use of administrative data for reporting, analysis, and actionable insight, while providing strategic leadership for and overall management of IRADS. Working across the campus, the AVP collaborates in leading data governance and enterprise information management efforts and promoting ongoing development of institutional analytics capability and maturity. This individual will ensure that enterprise data is collected accurately, analyzed rigorously, used appropriately, and shared with key stakeholders to make data-informed or evidence-based decisions.
The associate vice president will lead institutional research studies and assessment efforts to meet changing needs in dynamic regional and national higher education markets. The incumbent will manage institutional data for a wide range of uses: budgeting and financial planning; student enrollment; scorecards for productivity analyses; student retention and success; federal and state reporting; community engagement; salary analyses; inclusive excellence; and direct research on national trends in higher education using relevant tools and data sources. As co-chair of the Management Information and Data Analytics Strategy (MIDAS) work team, the incumbent will shape the use of data as a key influencer of University planning and decision support. The associate vice president will manage an operation that must meet new institutional challenges for analytics and fulfill the institutional reporting requirements of regulatory bodies.
Additional responsibilities include:
- Develop, maintain, and promote broad use of an advanced analytics and reporting ecosystem to support understanding and decision-making across the University.
- Oversee the collection, analysis and reporting of a wide variety of data to determine trends, cycles, and underlying factors that impact student success and institutional effectiveness.
- Collaborate with subject matter experts across campus in the development and maintenance of a mature data infrastructure and warehouse that stores curated views of data that can serve as a single source of truth for the University.
- Establish Institutional Research and Decision Support as the “official” source of data representations. Educate the campus community on the nature and sources of official institutional data and their use.
- Create and maintain mechanisms that monitor the progress of the University in the execution of its strategic plan and that measure institutional effectiveness, including the executive dashboard, management dashboards, and administrative performance dashboards.
- Develop and collaboratively lead institutional efforts for data governance and enterprise information management, including attention to data needs, consistent definitions, data quality and availability, as well as collection, management, access, retention and classification policies. Maintain collaborative and transparent relationships with data stewards and data reporters and analysts across campus.
- Ensure accurate and timely delivery of mandatory and voluntary reporting to federal, state and other relevant agencies. Provide research and analytical insight to promote the reputation and ranking of the University and its programs.
- Participate in the activities of various other councils and committees to provide analytic or research findings in the support of decision-making and planning.
- Participate with professional organizations to ensure forward-looking leadership in the use of data, analysis methods, governance practices, and advanced analytics and reporting tools.
- Lead a staff of seven (7), including four (4) direct reports; oversee all matters related to supervision, interviewing, hiring, compensation, discipline, performance appraisal, training, and career development.
History of the Position
When current President Geoffrey Mearns took office in 2017, he created a chief strategy officer (CSO) position that reported directly to him. Under this umbrella, he brought together the functions of strategic planning, institutional research, community engagement, and inclusive excellence because of the enterprise-level role that each of these areas needed to play in support of the University’s core mission and the strategic priorities he envisioned for the University. The IR functions moved from the now defunct Office of Institutional Effectiveness in Academic Affairs. Responsibility for academic program review, student outcomes assessment, and institutional accreditation remained in academic affairs and now report to a Director of Assessment and Accreditation.
Dr. Sue Hodges Moore was named to this inaugural position in 2018. With nearly 20 years of experience in directly supervising or providing executive oversight of the institutional research function, Sue has eagerly taken responsibility for elevating the functions of institutional research, analytics, and decision support to the enterprise level and for championing the institutional research and decision support office as the “single source of truth” for data and analytics that provide actional insight in support of student success and administrative effectiveness.
Opportunities and Challenges of the Role
In Fall 2020, the University engaged an external consultant to undertake a comprehensive review of the University’s institutional research and data environment, which yielded a set of recommendations for improvement. The contract for the consultant who conducted the assessment was extended to help assist with the early implementation of the recommendations. The selected candidate for the AVP position will be charged with prioritizing the remaining recommendations while also advancing other best practices aimed at cultivating a mature and credible data infrastructure that positions institutional data as a strategic asset and priority. With significant support from the President and the data analytics executive oversight group, the next AVP has a remarkable opportunity to set the institutional vision for not only the collection and reporting of data, but for the use of the data comprehensively across the campus.
We seek to identify a competent and visionary leader who can work collaboratively with the CSO and other campus divisions to take the institutional research, analytics, and decision support functions to the next level. The AVP will have the opportunity to:
- Lead the efforts to develop a credible and unified data infrastructure and warehouse that stores curated views of data that serve as a single source of truth for university reporting and planning.
- Serve as an approachable and engaging visionary who reaches out to the greater Ball State community to share and build excitement for increased access to actionable data to better inform decisions and planning.
- Champion data governance efforts and strive to create a strong culture of data integrity by enhancing and elevating the role of the Management Information and Data Analytics (MIDAS) team.
- Connect people and integrate data using a collaborative and confident approach in order to reinforce the importance and validity of the data.
- Assess the skills and knowledge of the staff, develop a strong sense of team, and build working relationships that emphasize an engaging and collaborative work environment.
- Fill two new positions, a data analyst and SQL programmer, upon arrival.
- Promote departmental transparency, communication, and interdependence, and emphasize accountability and a strong sense of internal and external customer service.
- Facilitate a review of all policies and procedures for the office and make changes as needed to augment efficiencies and ensure that policies reflect best practices and align with the institution’s mission.
- Brand IRADS as a partner and chief steward for data integrity, analysis, predictive modeling, and decision support.
- Offer training to data stewards and users and sponsor forums, which will position IRADS to be perceived as a capable expert ready to coach stakeholders on how to research, understand, and use data to inform decision-making.
- Bring a modern and efficient orientation to institutional research in order to move the office beyond traditional static data reporting, to one where dynamic data is pulled from continuously updated sources, automating reporting in a responsible self-service model.
- Respond to increased demand, which will require the AVP to have a keen ability to prioritize projects and initiatives where “everything is urgent” and be able to respond diplomatically and with savvy.
- Provide high-level data analysis and optimize data visualization to communicate with internal and external stakeholders.
- Bring a fresh perspective, an entrepreneurial spirit, an adaptive mindset that is prepared for rapid change, and a collaborative approach to “move the needle” forward in creating a robust data-enriched environment.
With a number of new individuals in administration and a deep commitment to inclusive excellence and student success at every level, BSU is an institution on the move, and the new AVP must match that speed and energy. Additionally, this position provides a unique opportunity for the new AVP to make their professional mark, to thrive with a great deal of support, and to be positioned to try new and creative solutions along the way.
Measures of Success
At an interval deemed appropriate by the chief strategy officer at Ball State University, it is expected that the associate vice president will have successfully:
- developed strategic priorities, implementation plan and timeline, informed in part by the external review, to achieve short- and long-term goals;
- demonstrated a leadership style that is credible and collegial;
- created an environment where staff can articulate a clear shared vision in OIRDS, where there is individual role clarity, and where staff feel supported to do good work;
- begun automating reporting and providing executive level dashboards in a responsible self-service model;
- demonstrated excellent communication and problem-solving skills and connected with key institutional and local stakeholders; and
- become a valued member of the CSO leadership team, collaborating with colleagues on strategic planning, inclusive excellence, and community engagement.
Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will possess more than five years of progressively responsible senior level experience in institutional research and/or decision support in an institution of higher education, with demonstrated managerial expertise to collaboratively devise solutions to meet multiple needs, and demonstrated experience with data analysis and governance. An earned graduate degree, advanced expertise with large-scale multi-source databases, familiarity with Banner student information system, incentive-based budgets, and project management are preferred. In addition, the next associate vice president will have:
- strong analytical, research, oral, and written communication skills;
- the ability to prioritize and manage multiple, simultaneous projects with attention to detail and adherence to deadlines;
- a direct and comprehensive focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the university environment;
- knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, procedures and processes governing data confidentiality and security;
- advanced expertise with statistical and visual analytics software;
- an ability to work both independently and collaboratively in teams, including with a broad range of internal as well as external constituents;
- demonstrated ability to form collaborative relationships with other University offices;
- an ability to communicate complex data, information, and analytical results to a broad range of audiences of varying technical expertise;
- demonstrated knowledge of and experience with team management, supervision, and mentorship; and
- a record of successfully completed projects that demonstrate advanced knowledge of analytic methods in higher education, including qualitative and quantitative research methods.
Personal characteristics that would enhance the likelihood of success for the incumbent include the following:
- a thoughtful and intentional change agent who has demonstrated experience encouraging others to see the value of a comprehensive data infrastructure;
- a political savviness and ability to diplomatically push back as needed in order to best serve all constituents;
- a “can do” attitude and willingness to assist colleagues with forecasting and predictive modeling;
- a passion for Ball State’s mission and goals;
- an enthusiastic leader who can spread the enthusiasm for data gathering and analysis, converse with colleagues about their data requests, and assist them in determining how best to tell the story they are trying to tell with their data;
- a leader who can integrate research with decision-making and empower people to gather the data;
- awareness of current trends and issues in public higher education;
- familiarity with statewide coordinating/governing boards and state policy making;
- a strong communicator with a desire to be highly collaborative with all Ball State constituents;
- an active learner and listener who will help ensure that all constituents are on the same page;
- a desire to be proactive in the building of coalitions and to respond positively and on a timely basis to requests for data and reports;
- a commitment to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions;
- ability to review major processes, policies, and procedures in an effort to look for efficiencies and opportunities to combine, collaborate, share, develop, and/or discard functions and practices that are antiquated;
- a very strong ethical core;
- a profound respect for data integrity and the necessity for data to be official;
- nimble and responsive to emerging technology;
- ability to bring confidence and creativity to find answers to complex problems;
Overview of the office of Institutional Research and Decision Support
“We work to advance the Ball State University mission by facilitating the collection, analysis, and interpretation of institutional data and also provide information and analyses to support planning and decision-making. Our office also directs data governance and survey management policies and procedures to promote the integrity of University data and information.”
Leadership of the CSO Division
Sue Hodges Moore, Chief Strategy Officer
Dr. Sue Hodges Moore joined Ball State University as its first Chief Strategy Officer in March 2018.
As the University’ strategic planning officer, Sue provided coordination and leadership in the development of the University’s first strategic plan under the leadership of President Geoffrey Mearns. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path, launched in January 2019. She and her team also assist divisions, colleges, and departments in the development of their strategic plans, while ensuring that those plans align with the University’s priorities.
Through the implementation of Destination 2040: Our Flight Path, Sue collaborates with other members of the President’s Cabinet on key strategic initiatives. Her office also has responsibility for the University’s executive dashboard for monitoring strategic plan progress, as well as establishing reporting processes that provide evidence of plan accomplishments at all levels of the University.
Sue oversees the offices of Institutional Research and Decision Support, Community Engagement, and Inclusive Excellence. In 2018, the President chose to reorganize these offices under the Chief Strategy Officer due to their distinctive enterprise-level role in support of the University’s core mission and the strategic priorities envisioned for the University.
Sue arrived at Ball State after dedicating most of her higher education career to the people of Kentucky. She began her career at her alma mater, Northern Kentucky University, where she returned as an administrator in 2005. Just prior to coming to Ball State, she served as NKU’s senior vice president of administration and finance. Before NKU, Sue worked for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and held previous leadership positions at East Carolina University and the University of Louisville. In her various roles, Sue has either directly supervised or provided executive oversight of institutional research since 1983.
CSO Organizational Chart
Ball State’s unwavering belief in an education rooted in creativity, values, and intellectual curiosity began in the late 19th century, when Muncie business leaders envisioned a local college to help boost the city’s development.
Among the visionaries were the five Ball Brothers—Lucius, William, Edmund, Frank, and George—industrialists and philanthropists who moved from New York to Muncie looking to expand their glass container business.
A small, private teacher training school opened 1899. After the community’s efforts to sustain the college failed, the Ball brothers purchased the land and buildings of the defunct institution and donated them to the State of Indiana. This gift became the Indiana State Normal School Eastern Division, which opened in 1918 to meet Indiana’s need for more and better teachers.
In recognition of the Ball family’s generosity, the Indiana General Assembly changed the school’s name to Ball Teachers College in 1922, and then Ball State Teachers College in 1929.
By the 1960s, the regional teachers college had begun to attract faculty from outside the Midwest, and students sought majors in areas such as business, architecture, and other emerging disciplines. Enrollment and funding surged with national trends, and new facilities and degree offerings were added.
In 1965, the Indiana General Assembly renamed the college Ball State University, acknowledging its phenomenal growth in enrollment and facilities, the variety and quality of its educational programs and services, and the anticipation of the broader role it would play in the state’s future.
Ball State University recognition and awards:
- Ranked No. 1 in Indiana (53rd nationally) on S. News & World Report’s “2020 Top Performers on Social Mobility,” a list of institutions that advance social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of economically disadvantaged students. Ball State also was included on the lists of the top 100 public universities, best undergraduate teaching, and best first-year experiences.
- Listed among “Colleges Where Applications Are on Rise” by 24/7 Wall St. in 2018. In an analysis of 600 institutions, Ball State was No. 34, with applications up almost 73 percent in five years.
- Named one of the best universities in the Midwest by The Princeton Review for 16 years.
- Designated a doctoral university: higher research activity by The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.
- Among the top seven (7) percent of universities worldwide in 2019-2020, according to the Center for World University Rankings.
- Earned the Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The classification recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an institution-wide commitment to public service, civic involvement, and community partnerships.
- Received a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from Insight into Diversity for five years in a row. This honor is for exemplary initiatives focusing on all aspects of diversity and inclusion, including gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community.
- Named No. 1 in the country in College Magazine’s “Top 10 Campuses for Students with Physical Disabilities.”
- Ranked in the top 20 in the country for two graduate programs inS. News & World Report’s “2019 Best Online Programs:” MBA and nursing were 13th. Education was 38th. U.S. News also ranked BSU’s online bachelor’s programs 25th.
- Recognized as the first higher education institution in the country to earn Quality Matters’ Learner Support Program Certification. Quality Matters, known as QM, provides a nationally recognized standard of best practices for online and blended learning.
- Ranked in S. News & World Report’s “2019 Best Online Programs for Veterans” at No. 12 in graduate education and No. 20 in bachelor’s programs.
- Named a Military Friendly School since 2010 by veteran-owned Viqtory. In 2019, Viqtory also ranked BSU’s online programs seventh in the country.
- Located in Muncie, Indiana, which 24/7 Wall St. listed among its “30 Best College Towns in America” in 2019.
Student Success at Ball State University
Ball State University (BSU) is holistically committed to a model of student success with a premier undergraduate experience that provides a seamless program of services to support students throughout their academic career. The university’s comprehensive enrollment management strategy engages colleges, academic departments, and the entire campus in the recruitment, retention, and success of all students. As part of an overall comprehensive strategy to promote success, the BSU student success model incorporates the following: rigorous academic advising; an engaged First Year Experience; a commitment to a more diverse community; a personalized record that translates students’ academic and co-curricular experiences into a clear description of learning outcomes, competencies, and transferable skills; engagement with external partners; and a core curriculum which incorporates innovative pedagogy, high-impact, transdisciplinary approaches to learning and problem-solving, and the development of cultural competencies, global awareness, and transferable skills. Through this collaborative model, BSU promises to assist students in discovering their purpose and translating that purpose into a fulfilling career and a meaningful life; to allow students the opportunity to work side-by-side with teacher-scholars to expand immersive learning and research experiences; to actively seek students’ ideas, perspectives, and voices; to provide support for physical, mental, and emotional health; to promote opportunities to meaningfully engage with partners beyond campus; and to ensure a vibrant, diverse university community for all students, faculty, and staff.
About Muncie, IN
The city of Muncie was incorporated in 1865. Contrary to popular legend, the city is not named after a mythological Chief Munsee, rather it was named after Munsee Town, the settlers’ name for the Indian village on the site, “Munsee” meaning a member of the Lenape people or one of their languages.
With the Gas Boom came the Ball Brothers, a family rooted at the heart of Muncie development. The Ball Brothers are known for bringing Ball Corporation to Muncie, funding local businesses, and serving the community with philanthropical acts.
Muncie was deemed Middletown after sociological studies conducted by Robert and Helen Lynd found the city to be a “typical Mid-American community.” The studies drew attention to Muncie and since then, the community has been a continually studied town for social change in America.
Emens Auditorium is Muncie’s go-to for entertainment. Emens boasts past entertainers that include Third Eye Blind, David Letterman, and many other prestigious performers. Canan Commons is an urban park located in the heart of downtown. The Three Trails Music Series is a venue for community members to enjoy brown bag lunches, cultural events, and outdoor films.
Minnetrista further emphasizes the Ball family’s impact on the community. Minnetrista opened in 1978 as a center to display local artifacts and the history of East Central Indiana. It now features themed gardens and a nature area free to the public.
The League of American Bicyclists recognized the City of Muncie with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community award, joining 374 visionary communities from across the country.
On a more personal note, stakeholders at BSU adamantly praised the environment in which they live and work, using such terms as “safe,” “inviting,” and “comfortable” when describing Muncie. According to stakeholders, Muncie has a robust dining scene, arts and culture are readily available, and there are a number of parks and trails that promote biking and other outdoor activities. With all four seasons, a relatively low cost of living, and an easy drive to larger metropolitan areas such as Indianapolis, Chicago Cincinnati, and Louisville, Muncie has something for everyone. Regarding the institution, stakeholders reiterated that while BSU is a medium-sized public institution, it still “feels” much smaller and more personal, and that the environment is a very positive one in which to work. For more information on relocating to Ball State and the Muncie area, please visit the Ball State Relocation Website.
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“We engage students in educational, research, and creative endeavors that empower our graduates to have fulfilling careers and meaningful lives enriched by lifelong learning and service, while we enhance the economic, environmental, and social vitality of our community, our state, and our world.”
- Excellence. We commit to excel in all that we do.
- Innovation. We commit to be creative, responsive, and progressive.
- Courage. We commit to set ambitious goals and to take the risks necessary to achieve those goals.
- Integrity. We commit to be honest, ethical, authentic, and accessible.
- Inclusiveness. We commit to respect and embrace equity, inclusion, and diversity in people, ideas, and opinions.
- Social Responsibility. We commit to act for the benefit of society at large.
- Gratitude. We commit to express appreciation to others and to demonstrate our gratitude through our actions.
Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes Ball State University’s ambitious goals for its second century. This plan was designed with input from faculty, staff, students, alumni, community partners, and benefactors. It provides a strategic framework with five long-term goals for 2040 and a small set of strategic imperatives to be executed by 2024.
- Goal 1: Undergraduate excellence and innovation. Our University provides a premier on-campus undergraduate experience.
- Goal 2: Graduate education and lifetime learning. Our University expands its reach and impact along the continuum of human development and is nationally recognized for serving graduate students and other adults throughout their lifetime educational journey and for our agility in anticipating and responding to workforce needs.
- Goal 3: Community engagement and impact. As a community-engaged institution, our University is internationally recognized for mobilizing and leading partnerships that revitalize and sustain our city and our region.
- Goal 4: Scholarship and societal impact. As a public research institution, our University recruits and retains outstanding faculty and staff who engage in scholarship—of discovery, integration, application, and teaching—that garners national and international recognition, attracts external resources, and improves lives.
- Goal 5: Institutional and inclusive excellence. Our University is distinguished for institutional effectiveness and inclusive excellence across all dimensions of our work and for having a positive and vibrant culture of wellbeing that helps our faculty and staff lead engaged and meaningful lives.
To read the strategic plan in its entirety, visit the website at https://www.bsu.edu/about/strategic-plan
Geoffrey S. Mearns, President
President Geoffrey S. Mearns serves as the 17th president of Ball State University.
After joining the University in May 2017, President Mearns helped to develop a new strategic plan. Destination 2040: Our Flight Path establishes a long-range vision for the University that sets priorities across five key areas as noted above.
During his tenure, President Mearns has pursued initiatives that have produced the largest freshman class in history and increased alumni engagement and fundraising. President Mearns has also strengthened the University’s relationship with the community, most notably through its innovative partnership with Muncie Community Schools.
President Mearns earned his undergraduate degree in English from Yale University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. After a legal career that included serving as a federal prosecutor, President Mearns held academic and administrative roles at Cleveland State University, and then served as president of Northern Kentucky University. He and his wife, Jennifer, have five children.
Academic Programs and Faculty
Seven academic colleges provide innovative programs that give students access to professional experiences and advanced technology from day one.
Wayne Estopinal College of Architecture and Planning
- Construction Management and Interior Design
- Landscape Architecture
- Urban Planning
Miller College of Business
- Applied Business Studies
- Finance and Insurance
- Information Systems and Operations Management
College of Communication, Information, and Media
- Communication Studies
- Information and Communication Sciences
College of Fine Arts
- Theatre & Dance
College of Health
- Counseling Psychology, Social Psychology and Counseling
- Military Science
- Nutrition and Health Sciences
- Social Work
- Speech Pathology and Audiology
College of Sciences and Humanities
- Computer Science
- Criminal Justice and Criminology
- Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources
- Mathematical Sciences
- Modern Languages and Classics
- Physics and Astronomy
- Political Science
- Psychological Science
- Women’s and Gender Studies
- Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies
- Educational Leadership
- Educational Psychology
- Elementary Education
- Educational Studies
- Special Education
The Student Body
- 21,597 total students
- 3,567 first time undergraduates
- 14,053 female; 7436 male; 108 undisclosed
- 15,580 full-time students
- 15,987 resident students
- 16,323 white
- 1,876 black or African American
- 1,479 Hispanic
- 730 two or more races
- 426 Asian
- 28 American Indian or Alaskan Native
- 28 Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
- 403 not reported
- 304 non-resident
Ball State University offers a comprehensive package of benefits, including:
- Retirement plans
- Tuition assistance and remission plans
- Medical and prescription plans
- Dental plans
- Flexible spending plans
- Life insurance
- Disability plans
- Voluntary benefits
- Health savings accounts
For more information on Ball State benefits, visit the website at https://www.bsu.edu/about/administrativeoffices/payrolleb
Review of applications will begin February 2, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Anne-Marie Kenney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
We are sensitive to how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting work and personal lives, and will offer the utmost flexibility throughout the interview process. The search committee expects to conduct initial interviews virtually for the safety and well-being of all involved.
Visit the Ball State University website at https://www.bsu.edu/.
Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.