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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 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

  • Support campus leaders engaged in assessment, evaluation, and accreditation projects with the hiring of a Coordinator of Assessment and Accreditation
  • Upgrade content and structure of IR website
  • Administer internal survey initiatives and stimulate improvements in collection, analysis, and dissemination
  • Collaborate with stakeholders and committees to facilitate strategic planning objectives
  • Submit accurate data on time for external constituents and agencies

Latest Updates

  • New website content includes: 1) Tableau dashboards on enrollment, retention, and graduation, 2) comprehensive assessment and accreditation resources, 3) external reporting calendar, and 4) benchmarking data tutorials
  • Preparing to administer two university-wide surveys: 1) National Survey of Student Engagement and 2) Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership
  • Developed a new IR office newsletter called "Data Snapshots"