Data with purpose. The qualitative and quantitative information OIEP curates, analyzes, and publishes illuminates trends, forecasts potential and contributes to the ongoing planning initiatives of the university including strategic institutional goals, program planning and innovation, and student success.
How do we know what we are doing works? Defining and assessing student learning outcomes, engaging in rigorous program review, conducting surveys to understand experience and satisfaction and student evaluations of teaching are all ways in which Mason can learn more about how we are doing and what we can improve.
In consultation with the University Effective Teaching Committee, Faculty Senate Chair, the Provost, the Registrar and ITS, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning has selected a new way to conduct student evaluations of teaching. This online format will meet institutional needs in an environmentally friendly and fiscally responsible way. The evaluation software Blue by Explorance was chosen for its functionality, ease of use and demonstrated success at many intuitions, including several in Virginia.
What does the student lifecycle at Mason look like? From where do our applicants come? Where do our admitted students enroll? Once enrolled, how many students are retained to the on the path to graduation? What are the career outcomes? Learn more with these resources.
OIEP advances the strategic goals of George Mason University through collaborations and partnerships that engage stakeholders (senior leaders/administration, faculty, staff and students) in data-informed strategic, operational and tactical decisions. OIEP does this by capitalizing on our experience and professional judgment drawing upon quantitative and qualitative analytic information.
During the 2016-2017 academic year, GMU worked with the NITE to conduct a school-wide assessment for its graduate students. The purpose of this assessment was to understand how GMU cultivates an inclusive, equitable, and supportive campus environment for diverse students. Through analyzing the data collected from the CECE graduate survey, this assessment produces insights regarding the graduate students’ perceptions and experiences of the GMU campus environments. This report offers a summary of the key findings and recommendations to inform institutional policies and practices that aim to achieve GMU’s mission as “innovative and inclusive academic community committed to creating a more just, free, and prosperous world” (The Mason Mission – Our Goal, 2017).