Planning and Institutional Effectiveness: Our Mission


The mission of the Office of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness is to support the information needs of the executive leadership of Marywood University in the following areas:

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
    • Produce and disseminate individual and summary reports to college deans
  • 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