About the Office of Institutional Research

Mission Statement

“The University of Portland that we know and love today is the result of decades of strategic change and thoughtful innovation dedicated to the advancement of our mission.” 

-- Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., President

The Office of Institutional Research (IR) provides and coordinates information support for reporting, decision-making, and planning activities to help fulfill the stated mission and goals of the University of Portland.


  • Promote the campus community’s use of data for enhancing communication, benchmarking performance, and informing decision-making
  • Utilize best practices in data collection, retention, and dissemination in order to improve quality of student life
  • Conduct all operations in the spirit of being service-oriented, user-friendly, and transparent
  • Empower stakeholders’ ability to utilize information effectively by making responsive and proactive data resources accessible to diverse audiences

Current and Ongoing Projects

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to prepare for a new strategic planning cycle
  • Lead the university-wide data governance function
  • Transition dashboards from a Tableau to PowerBI platform
  • Administer assessment surveys and stimulate improvements in collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Submit accurate data on time for external constituents and agencies

Latest Updates

  • Completed a very successful NWCCU Year 7 Self-Evaluation Report and site visit
  • Created new internal Tableau dashboards available via the Pilots portal including a Diversity Campus Climate Dashboard
  • Collaborated with the Graduate School to establish regular entrance, exit, and alumni surveys
  • Completed administration of the HEDS Sexual Assault Campus Climate survey
  • Offered new Data Retreats for UP employees