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 Institutional Research and PlanningOffice of Survey Research and Analysis, Office of Assessment, and Office of Academic Publications, which work together to provide a comprehensive analysis and interpretation of institutional data and policies.

Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) works with the University community to define their information needs and to ensure that those needs are met in a timely manner. In doing so, IRP supports University decision-makers in developing plans to achieve University goals and objectives. IRP serves the internal community of University administrators, faculty, and students and, as the clearinghouse for official University data, responds to external requests for information.

The Office of 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. This Office conducts social research and analysis to support accreditation requirements, academic program reviews, and to establish and verify benchmarks.The Office works with other units and faculty in planning and conducting assessments of programs and courses. In addition, The Office of Survey Research and Analysis is committed to experiential learning by hiring and training undergraduate and graduate students to work on current research projects.