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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

  • Establish and empower a formal, university-wide data governance function
  • Support campus leaders engaged in assessment, evaluation, and accreditation projects
  • Lead a regular cycle of internal surveys and stimulate improvements in collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to facilitate strategic planning objectives
  • Upgrade content and structure of IR website
  • Submit accurate data on time for external constituents and agencies

Latest Updates

  • Developed new mission core theme assessments for Faith and Formation and Service and Leadership
  • Administered university-wide surveys: 1) National Survey of Student Engagement and 2) Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership and will disseminate results
  • 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
  • Developed a new IR office newsletter called "Data Snapshots"