The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) serves the entire University community in achieving its mission. The office is tasked with collection, coordination, analysis, and dissemination about and for University decision-making. The office is the primary contact for accurate and timely submissions for mandatory federal and state reporting and to external guidebooks.
The OIR systematically collects, reviews, and reports the University's data to the federal, state, and local governments, to commercial enterprises and to other education entities. The OIR also responds to internal and external requests for information and the institutional characteristics of DeSales University (DSU). The OIR also performs the following functions:
- Serves the the central location for statistical information about DSU
- Develops and maintains institutional benchmarks and strategic planning indicators using comparative data
- Maintains a University-wide list of peer and aspirant institutions for comparative benchmark purposes
- Administers University-wide surveys to monitor and assess the internal environment of the institution
- Engages University departments and divisions to conduct studies and provide statistical analysis in support of strategic decision-making
- Maintains the Student Right-to-Know Consumer Information webpage to ensure compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)
- Assists with University accreditation activities associated with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
- Assists with program-specific accreditation activities
The OIR operates in accordance with the Association of Institutional Research (AIR) Code of Ethics and Professional Practice to ensure ethical standards and integrity in the field of institutional research are upheld.
Resources and Useful Links
College Navigator - National Center for Education Statistics
DeSales University Profile
College Navigator provides selected institutional data to assist students, parents, high school counselors, and others obtain information about nearly 7,000 postsecondary institutions in the United States and other areas. It offers a wide range of information including programs offered, retention and graduation rates, aid available, campus safety, accreditation, and estimated student expenses.
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
DeSales University Statement of Accreditation Status
The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is a voluntary, non-governmental, regional membership association currently serving higher education institutions in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and other geographic areas in which the Commission conducts accrediting activities. The Commission's accreditation process ensures institutional accountability, self-appraisal, improvement, and innovation through peer review and the rigorous application of standards within the context of institutional mission.
Common Data Set (CDS)
The CDS is a common set of standards and definitions of data items used in a collaborative effort among data providers and publishers in the higher education community to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided, and to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.
Lisa M. Plummer, M.Ed.
Director of Institutional Research & Analysis
254 Dooling Hall
610.282.1100, ext. 1259
Mrs. Debbie Naso
610.282.1100, ext. 1225