The purpose of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at California State University-Fresno is to provide leadership in developing a comprehensive, integrated program of planning, assessment and institutional research that assists the University in achieving its mission and goals.
We encourage and support:
- evidence-based planning and decision-making
- improvements in student learning, student services, and administrative processes
- collaboration and coordination in order to make the best use of limited resources and achieve maximum effectiveness
- communicating institutional and educational effectiveness efforts to internal and external audiences
To fulfill this purpose we:
Provide Data about the University
Extract and report data for compliance and comparative purposes
to agencies and organizations such as the Department of Education, the CSU Chancellor’s Office, National Science Foundation, Barron’s and U.S. News and World Report.
Respond to data requests from the campus community regarding counts of students, employees, degrees, classes, applicants, retention and graduation and many other characteristics of our University and its environment. Requesters usually need this data for their own reporting, accreditation, program review, grants, enrollment management, budgeting, planning, or policy development or revision.
Conduct Analyses, Research, Assessment and Evaluation
Data becomes more useful when we turn it into information that can be applied to planning and decision-making. Although external reporting and filling internal data requests will always be OIE functions, we have reshaped the office to emphasize analysis, research, assessment, evaluation and planning across the campus. Selected projects will be multi-faceted and in-depth in order to speak to campus issues and goals. We assist faculty conducting program assessments with their data collection and analysis.
We consult with faculty, staff and managers on formulating goals and objectives, data analysis, research and assessment methods, instrument design, planning and process design, and establishing benchmarks, performance indicators, and learning outcomes. We also provide support in the areas of survey design, formatting and administration using both online and paper surveys.
Communication and Education
Starting in fall 2010, OIE shifted from hard copy publication of the Data Book and the Quick Facts to e-publishing. Both are readily available on the OIE website, which is regularly updated. In addition, OIE produces periodic reports and oral presentations of research findings and their use.
OIE also encourages and supports faculty in publishing and presenting their work in assessment. An assessment blog was launched in 2010 by the Learning Assessment Team (LAT).
Additionally, OIE staff also will communicate our own and the University’s effectiveness efforts via external publications and conferences as appropriate and feasible.
In conjunction with the faculty and Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching (CSALT - Formerly CETL), OIE provides workshops and presentations.