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Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Welcome to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness! The OIRE provides for the following functions: Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness, Institutional Data, Support of Assessment, Support of Accreditation, and Support of Planning. Our mission is to facilitate informed decision-making at Washington Adventist University's via the above practices.


Institutional Research

Within the Institutional Research (IR) discipline, this office collects, analyzes, and reports a vast pool of quantitative and qualitative data about their institution's students, faculty, staff, and course offerings. This information is then provided to various governing bodies, to accrediting agencies, and to various college guide publishers, as well as to the leadership and administration of the college.

The OIRE continues to provide timely reporting to all mandatory external reporting agencies, including the federal government, the state, to Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities (MICUA), and to our accrediting agencies. Internal use of IR data has also been a priority for the OIRE. An internal web-based document library has been enhanced significantly to now provide new data reports for internal use, as well as departmental folders with IR-provided data.

As an example of the IR activities of this office, the Washington Adventist University’s Facts and Figures has been published annually since 1991. This document provides longitudinal data for several institutional characteristics. Glance through the document to see student demographics, enrollment demographics and statistics, and admissions information. In the past, this data was provided in the form of a bound hardcopy book that was published and provided to a select group of individuals-- at a cost. We are providing access to this information via this site to 1) broaden the dissemination of this information and 2) eliminate the costs associated with producing a hard copy.

The OIRE serves as a clearinghouse for surveys and library of survey results with WAU alumni and employees (faculty and staff) as subjects. A library of recent survey results are available for institution-wide use, so that where possible investigators can receive any related data that have been collected and reported, and build upon recent analysis, rather than duplicate it. Additionally, benchmark data or redacted studies may be available. The OIRE also offers services in the administration, delivery, and reporting of surveys. The OIRE continuously conducts and disseminates results for institutional research surveys with students as subjects.


Institutional Effectiveness

Within the function of Institutional Effectiveness (IE), the OIRE reports and tracks the quantitative goals of the institution on a Balanced Scorecard. This office reports key metrics that are used to help an organization determine how successful it is, namely Key Performance Indicators (KPI). KPIs are also used to benchmark an organization against other related organizations within an area of interest.  These are tracked on a Balanced Scorecard.

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee, under leadership of this office, defines and measures the university's KPIs, as well as evaluating the university's progress against the Strategic Plan.

Student Right to Know

The OIRE provides these disclosures to students and prospective students:First-time, full-time, degree-seeking student retention and graduation rates (including disaggregated rates by gender, for Pell recipients, by race categories, student athletes, and other student groups).

These disaggregated rates are to be disclosed only if the number of students in each group is sufficient to yeild statistifcally rliable information and/or not reveal personally identifiable information about and individual student.

Employment Outcomes

Job Placement for Graduates is based on a search of the LinkedIn database. Using the self-reported information from LinkedIn, the OIRE gathered information on type of work, location of work, areas of expertise, and other information. The information is displayed by academic department.

Biology/Chemistry    Business    Communication/Journalism    Education

English/Modern Languages    Healthcare Administration   Health Wellness/Physical Education

Nursing    Psychology    Religion 



Janette Neufville
Associate Vice President Institutional Research & Effectiveness
Phone: (301) 576-0123
Fax: (301) 891-4022

Jonathan Peter
Associate Director
Phone: (301) 891-4226
Fax: (301) 891-4022