Academic Planning and Assessment


The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment was created in 2008 to meet the University’s growing needs for institutional data, analysis, and assessment. It includes the Office of Assessment, Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Office of Survey Research and Analysis; the Office of the Academic Editor was added in 2013. The office is headed by Cheryl Beil, Senior Associate Provost.


The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment's mission is to:

  • Create, collect, analyze, and interpret data and other relevant information about GW's students, faculty, and staff;
  • Transform and contextualize data, analysis, and interpretations into usable information for planning, evaluation, and decision making;
  • Manage and facilitate the campus learning outcomes assessment process to improve teaching and learning; and
  • Serves as the university's liaison with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • Oversees the publication of the University Bulletin and has final approval of all program and course proposals and changes to the content of the Bulletin.




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Institutional Research and Planning (IRP)

Supports the University community by defining its information needs and ensuring that those needs are met in a timely manner. It serves as a clearinghouse for official university data and reports, and provides comprehensive analyses and interpretations of institutional data.

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Survey Research and Analysis (SRA)

Serves the university by doing major survey research about students, faculty, and staff and by coordinating the development, distribution, and analysis of these results. It is a major source for survey data of students, faculty, and staff. It designs and distributes surveys and provides analyses of the findings. The office manages the University's course feedback system, SmartEvals.

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GW is committed to institutional self-examination and improvement. A key part of this self-examination involves assessing how well we are educating our students. The office coordinates and supports assessment of student learning efforts in all academic units.