The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness endeavors to support the mission of Ursinus College by providing a solid foundation of information, data, and analyses that has a tangible impact on decision making, planning, and assessment.  

The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness takes an active role in identifying, collecting, analyzing, and applying data to assist the college to more effectively achieve its goals. The primary functions are to:

  • Coordinate and conduct institutional-focused research and analyses informed by the goals of the college (Institutional Research).

  • Work with all campus constituencies to implement and sustain student learning and institutional effectiveness assessment processes and practices to enhance our students’ educational environment and college outcomes (Institutional Effectiveness). 

  • Coordinate the timely and accurate fulfillment of mandatory reporting requirements for external compliance and voluntary responses to college guidebook publications (Institutional Reporting). 

  • Act as central repository for official college level information and data and make available to campus constituencies as appropriate (Institutional data repository).

What is Institutional Research?

Institutional Research is defined as “the sum total of all activities directed at describing the full spectrum of functions (educational, administrative, and support) occurring within a college or university. Institutional research activities examine those functions in their broadest definitions, and embrace data collection and analytical strategies in support of decision making at the institution,” (Middaugh, Trusheim and Bauer, 1994)

What is Institutional Effectiveness?

Institutional Effectiveness is “the purposeful coordination and integration of functions that support institutional performance, quality, and efficiency; those functions include strategic planning, outcomes assessment, institutional research, regional/specialized accreditation, and program/unit review.”

Association for Higher Education Effectiveness