Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

Office of Institutional Research and Assessment

 Principles

Our role in evaluation

Evaluation can be defined as “the systematic process of determining the merit, value, and worth of something such as a program, policy, procedure, or process." (Evaluation Glossary, Western Michigan University)

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment fields data/research requests from internal decision-makers to inform campus decision-making and planning in areas such as recruiting, admissions, enrollment management, staffing, student life, finance, facilities, and student services.  Evaluation requires that key performance indicators (KPI’s) are systematically tracked and recorded. 

Some examples of key metrics which the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment tracks are:

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment oversees and coordinates the School of Nursing course evaluation process which informs the tenure and promotion process, aids in curriculum and course development, and helps to evaluate our clinical education processes.

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment assists with evaluation planning in grant-related projects when the research intervention is related to student learning processes at the Rutgers School of Nursing.

Our role in assessment  

Assessment can be defined as "a set of processes designed to improve, demonstrate, and inquire about student learning" (Mentkowski, M. qtd. in Palomba, C. A., and Banta, T. W. (1999). Assessment essentials: Planning, implementing, and improving assessment in higher education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass).
Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment leads the charge in the development, implementation, coordination, and maintenance of systematic assessment plans.  This is guided by the mission, values, and goals of the School and professional standards of competency as outlined by external stakeholders such as AACN, NTF, and NONPF.  Our assessment plan hinges on using two approaches to conduct a comprehensive assessment of our institution and its programs.

Ongoing Program Assessment – Utilizing Tracdat assessment software, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment works with each program to ensure outcomes, measures, and criteria are continuously used to create action-plans for ongoing improvement. 

Annual Suite of Institutional Assessments - The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment conducts the following studies on an annual basis.

Our role in the external reporting of data

By the nature of its work, the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is positioned to report information externally to stakeholders such as accreditors, State and Federal agencies, and select publications.  The office ensures that all processes of assessing and improving the student learning process are documented and demonstrable to accreditors.

 

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