The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at the University of Saint Katherine facilitates institution-wide continuous improvement, innovation, data-driven decision-making, and institutional accountability through the integration of strategic planning and institutional research activities. Together, these functions play a central role in the decision-making needs of the university, promote institutional effectiveness, and sustain vitality in a rapidly changing environment.
The office’s planning responsibilities include leading the development of the university’s strategic plan, overseeing its implementation, monitoring progress toward achieving goals and objectives, evaluating the planning process, and assessing the achievement of outcomes of the process.
The office’s research responsibilities include working closely with university constituencies, instructional units, and administrative units, to develop and implement a research agenda that addresses college strategic planning goals and objectives. As well, research staff members support college data collection and reporting needs as these activities relate to required state and federal accountability initiatives and compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.
The office’s accreditation responsibilities include supporting Saint Katherine’s WSCUC self-study work group, as well as monitoring the implementation of planning agendas and recommendations. Institutional research personnel also participate on accreditation committees to provide perspective on institutional statistics and trends regarding institutional effectiveness.