The goals of the Office of Institutional Research are to link data and information, and where appropriate and feasible, infuse them with theory, relevance, and purpose to discover relationships and patterns. The Office of Institutional Research strives to create, capture, and share institutional knowledge for the purposes of accountability and institutional learning.
To achieve these goals, the Office of Institutional Research employs these strategies:
conducts institutional research, assessment, and evaluation and reports the results in forms readily useable for accountability, planning and decision-making; and
helps stakeholders determine what they need to know, why they need to know, how to gather the information, and how to use the information for accountability, planning, and decision making.
The Office of Institutional Research designs and conducts qualitative and quantitative research to measure the institution's effectiveness with various stakeholders and to analyze issues facing the University. Research results assist the decision-making process, provide a foundation for planning, and contribute to overall institutional knowledge and learning.
To meet the requests for accountability and to provide data and information for planning and decision-making, the Office of Institutional Research routinely collects, analyzes, interprets, and reports University data and information to constituents both within and outside the University. In addition, the Office responds to internal ad hoc requests for institutional data and information.
The Office of Institutional Research captures a broad range of evidence and designs and conducts systematic inquiries to provide formative and summative evaluations of various SLU initiatives. Evaluation results aid in determining the impact and areas for improvement of the initiatives.