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Institutional Research


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is to provide accurate and timely information and expertise to support research, planning and the decision-making processes of Ohio Northern University. The office plays a pivotal role in collecting, coordinating and analyzing data about and for the university and serves as the chief information clearinghouse for disseminating information to the administrators, faculty, staff, students and external constituents. Additionally, the office is also the primary contact for providing a coordinating role in campus-wide assessment and accreditation efforts.


The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) will utilize state of the art tools to collect, analyze and interpret information to support the decision making of Ohio Northern University. OIR will be a visible, strategic partner to the university administration and faculty in providing adequate and appropriate direction to support the priorities and operations of the university.

Statement of Ethics

  • In accordance with the ethical practice of institutional research, office staff members agree to:
  • Operate with integrity by conducting research that is objective and uses accepted technical standards
  • Employ secure data collection and storage procedures that ensure confidentiality and protect the privacy of research subjects
  • Disseminate accurate information in a responsible manner


Goals and Objectives:

The office will accomplish its mission through the following goals and their related objectives:

1. To collect, analyze and report data for informational needs of various stakeholders

    a) Create and report census information (e.g. student, staff, course schedules)

    b) Respond to internal and external reporting requirements and requests

i. Internal Reporting           

  • Board Reports
  • Key Performance Indicators
  • Comparative Studies
  • Special Studies
  • Ad-hoc data requests

ii. External Reporting

  • US News
  • Reporting to various consortia (e.g.,  AICUO, CIC, OFIC)
  • Various College Guide Publishers
  • Common Data Set
  • Ad-hoc data requests


2. To promote best practices in assessment of student learning

    a) Implement university-wide assessment of student learning

        i. Coordinate national assessment studies (e.g., CAAP, CSS, NSEE, LSSE, NASPA Assessment & Knowledge Consortium)

        ii. Develop and conduct local assessment studies in conjunction with the University’s student learning outcomes

        iii. Maintain an inventory of assessment methods and practices

    b) Provide technical support in program-level assessment of student learning to academic and nonacademic departments

        i. Coordinate the submission, review and feedback process of annual assessment reports

        ii. Facilitate an internal culture of assessment across the University through consultations, workshops, and showcases of assessment efforts

    c) Coordinate the General Education assessment program

    d) Serve as a general resource on assessment of student learning to the university community               


3. To support the evaluation of university programs, departments, services and personnel

    a) Provide survey coordination to the university community

    b) Provide program review support to academic and non-academic departments

    c) Conduct various evaluation research in conjunction with the University’s strategic plan and services offered

    d) Maintain the faculty portfolio system

    e) Coordinate evaluation activities of courses and effective teaching


4. To disseminate exemplary information at the University, state, regional and national levels to help promote a culture of improvement

    a) Publish Fact Book and Just the Facts

    b) Publish and present various assessment findings

    c) Publish interactive online reports

    d) Present at national and regional forums


Our Audiences


  • University Leadership in the Office of the President and Provost
  • Board of Trustees
  • Deans and Department Chairs
  • Faculty, Staff and Students
  • Others, on a request-by-request basis

Outside ONU

  • Government Agencies
  • Media
  • Public at Large


Institutional Research

Omer Minhas

Lehr Memorial Room: 204
525 South Main Street
Ada, Ohio 45810
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
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