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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

  • Lead the university-wide data governance function
  • Support campus leaders engaged in assessment and accreditation projects
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to best present evidence of strategic planning success
  • Administer a regular cycle of surveys and stimulate improvements in collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Create and maintain content of the IR website (public facing and internal portal)
  • Submit accurate data on time for external constituents and agencies

Latest Updates

  • Collaborated with the Graduate School to establish a regular system of entrance, exit, and alumni surveys
  • Take on IPEDS Keyholder responsibilities from the Registrar's Office
  • Compiled and reviewed the resources and compliance standard section of the NWCCU accreditation report
  • Developed new mission core theme assessments for Faith and Formation and Service and Leadership
  • New website content includes: 1) Data governance information 2) Tableau dashboards on enrollment, retention, and graduation, 3) comprehensive assessment and accreditation resources, 4) external reporting calendar, 5) benchmarking data tutorials, and 6) blog called "Data Snapshots"