Planning and Institutional Effectiveness


The mission of the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness (OPIE) is to provide leadership and support for institution-wide planning, assessment, evaluation, reporting and research compliance activities in support of the University's mission. The Office's efforts are directed toward identifying, analyzing, and monitoring internal and external trends and developments that influence the University's mission and strategic vision. We work collaboratively with University constituents to ensure that the data and analyses provided meets their needs for planning and assessing institutional effectiveness.

Institutional Research

  • Respond to internal and external requests for information about the institutional characteristics of Marywood University
  • Provide accurate and timely information and analyses concerning Marywood University's student body, programs, faculty and staff, finances and other areas of interest and importance
  • Analyze and interpret information regarding the characteristics, activities, operations, and policies of Marywood University
  • Collect and warehouse longitudinal student, faculty/staff, and institutional data
  • Compile and publish yearly fact book and detailed data book
  • Provide data to facilitate the departmental self-study process
  • Maintain an electronic executive information system and provide timely information updates
  • Initiate and perform research relevant to anticipated institutional policy and decision-making needs


  • Provide leadership and support for the strategic planning process
  • Monitor the strategic planning process and implementation of goals
  • Assist with the integration of planning and institutional research in support of institutional decision-making and policy development

Institutional Assessment

  • Facilitate the development of an awareness of outcomes assessment in the institutional community
  • Initiate student evaluations of instruction process and report to academic leadership
    • Collect and process data from student evaluations of instruction surveys
  • Conduct surveys that evaluate:
    • the impact of the Marywood experience on graduating students
    • current student satisfaction
    • the value of a Marywood education to alumni
  • Integrate outcomes assessment into planning and program review activities
  • Provide resource support for unit activities related to outcomes assessment

HEDS Sexual Assault Survey Results

NSSE Survey Results

University Student Learning Outcomes