Welcome to the homepage of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Missouri Southern State University (MSSU). As you page through this website you will notice that the activities of the Office are directed toward fulfilling the stated mission of the University. The primary goal of the Office is to gather, process, and translate data into useful information for university administrators so that they can make more informed decisions. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness reports to the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. The office is guided by the principles and standards couched in The Code of Ethics of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR).
Institutional Research responsibilities include:
- Serving as a repository and clearinghouse for information about the university.
- Providing data support for Academic Program Review in cycles of departmental program evaluation.
- Supporting university-wide assessment activities and promoting the use of results for measuring and improving student learning and development.
- Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data for institutional planning, policy formation and decision-making.
- Serving as a central source for information about the institution for both internal and external constituencies.
- Collecting, analyzing, maintaining and disseminating internal and external data about the university.
- Coordinating the university's reporting to federal, state and accreditation agencies.
- Responding to requests for information from within and outside the university.
- Provide analytical support for planning and decision-making.
- Responding to ad-hoc requests for information and providing data and support to the university community.
- Compiling and providing statistical analyses of internal and external data as directed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
- Supporting the university's academic and non-academic assessment activities.
- Compiling and providing analyses of institutional data in support of the operation, decision-making and planning functions of the University.
- Administering the Freshman ETS Proficiency Test and the Major Field Tests.