The Office of Institutional Research was established at IU Southeast in 1997, with the appointment of a part-time director. Until that time, our campus relied on Indiana University’s centralized reporting office to meet data and research needs. The part-time director provided campus reports to inform university planning and decision making. A full-time programmer/analyst was added to the office in 2002 to assist with data management and reporting. Academic Assessment was added to the office responsibilities in 2003 with the addition of a full-time Assessment and Research Specialist. A few years later (2005) the campus decided that the director position required full-time staffing. Since 2005, a part-time position has also been added to support both assessment and data analysis functions.
In the 1980s, legislators and community leaders concerned with the growing mediocrity in education began to ask all levels of schools to demonstrate academic effectiveness. As a way to accomplish this, the education establishment turned primarily to the formal assessment of student learning to demonstrate that effectiveness. At the post-secondary level, schools reported their progress to national accrediting agencies. At IU Southeast, that agency is The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. They directed that all affiliated institutions develop an effective institutional assessment plan by June 1995.
The campus's comprehensive evaluation by HLC in 1999-2000 resulted in a ten-year renewal of accreditation. However, the evaluation team expressed strong concerns about assessment of student academic achievement and general education and recommended a focused visit in 2002-03. The team's principal concerns focused on the lack of a systematic, campus-wide approach to assessment and the uneven progress that the academic programs had made in implementing their assessment plans. The campus response to these concerns was to:
IU Southeast’s current assessment system received positive feedback in the campus’s most recent HLC review in 2009-10. The reviewers were pleased with the progress our campus made since the focused visit in 2002-03.
Director of OIRA
Assistant Director of Institutional Research
Data Analysis & Assessment Assistant