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Office of Institutional Research

The mission of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is to serve as a resource for accountability, planning and academic management decision-making by conducting institutional research, reporting to internal and external audiences and evaluating special Saint Louis University initiatives.

OIR Goals

The goals of the Office of Institutional Research are to link data and information, and to infuse them with theory, relevance and purpose to discover relationships and patterns when appropriate and feasible. The Office of Institutional Research strives to create, capture, and share institutional knowledge for accountability and institutional learning purposes.

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 usable 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 it for accountability, planning and decision-making.

OIR Functions

Institutional Research

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 institutional knowledge and learning.

Institutional Reporting

To meet the requests for accountability and 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 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.

Data Request From OIR

If you need to request data or a report from the Office of Institutional Research, please email your project details to If you need to request access to an internal Tableau Dashboard, please complete this form