The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) administers surveys and conducts studies to assess current students’ experiences as well as graduates’ outcomes, including job placement and graduate and professional education placement. OIRA also provides guidance and support to university departments in learning outcomes assessment.
In addition to surveys and focus groups that OIRA conducts, other offices and departments on campus conduct their own institutional assessments on an ongoing basis. The most recent inventory of indirect assessments at the university level is provided through the link below. This inventory only lists indirect assessments (i.e., assessments based on opinion rather than direct observation) that involve a sizeable target population, such as an entire college or an entire group or class of students (e.g., all freshmen). Assessments specific to certain offices or departments are not listed.
Inventory of Indirect Assessments at the University Level (as of May 13, 2015)
A detailed calendar of current ongoing major surveys is also available to internal users via the OIRA UMassD portal site.
Institutional Surveys and Reports
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) conducts surveys and analyses that support planning and assessment activities on campus. OIRA works jointly with other offices on campus, including the Career Development Center and Alumni Relations, to administer several of these surveys, such as the Cap and Gown Survey and various alumni surveys.
- National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
- Graduation surveys (Exit surveys, Cap and Gown Survey)
- Alumni surveys (Five-Year Out Alumni Survey, Recent Graduates Survey)
- UMassD Advising Survey (Fall 2014 Brief Report)
Job Placement and Graduate and Professional Education Placement of Graduated Students
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires institutions to make available to current and prospective students information on job placement and graduate and professional education placement for graduated students. This information is gathered from the results of the Recent Graduates Survey.