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Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning - George Mason University


Recent News

  • OIEP’s YouTube Channel (9/13/2021)

    The Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning has created several short videos as resources to support faculty and staff with annual assessment, Academic Program Review, and building surveys in Qualtrics. The videos can be found on YouTube at the link below.


    Institutional Effectiveness at Mason

  • New Retention and Diversity Dashboards (9/13/2021)

    OIEP is kicking off the fall semester with two exciting new dashboards: First-Time, Full-Time Baccalaureate Retention and Graduation Rates and Diversity at Mason.  All dashboards can be filtered in multiple and cumulative ways including by school/college, major, and many demographics.


    Most dashboards are only accessible from the Mason network. If you are off campus, you must use the VPN to access.

  • New Data Resources: Glossary of Terms and Trend Dashboards (3/25/2021)

    OIEP has developed exciting new data resources that are now available our website.


    The Glossary of Terms provides definitions and terminology used in OIEP dashboards and reports.


    New dashboards include the Official Ten Year Enrollment Trend (Fall Census) and the Official Ten Year Degrees Awarded Trend which can be filtered by several categories including college, major, and demographics. Please let us know what you think about our dashboards by using the online feedback form.


    Please note that these dashboards are only accessible from the Mason network. If you are off campus, you will need to use VPN to access.



  • Administrative and Student Support Assessment Workshop: Thursday, April 8 at 10:00am (3/24/2021)

    Administrative and student support annual assessment submissions for 2020-2021 are due in Tk20 on June 1, 2021. In an effort to support continuous improvement, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (OIEP) invites you to a workshop on April 8, 10:00am – 11:30am. The workshop will cover the annual assessment process in Tk20, share promising practices, and examples of submissions. We will be recording this session and following up with the recording in addition to assessment resources tailored for administrative and student support units. We hope you’ll be able to join us.


    Thursday, April 8, 10:00am – 11:30am

  • Student Evaluations of Teaching Updates – February 2021 (2/3/2021)

    Results for the Fall 2020 student evaluations of teaching were recently shared with instructors and supervisors. Unlike in other terms, however, these results will not be posted on the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning (OIEP) website. The pandemic which led to the subsequent delivery of a significant amount of instruction in an online format set these evaluations apart. Overall, the response rate for the institution was 34.3% with a range across the schools/colleges of 28.2% to 42.8%. Response rates are affected by a variety of factors but courses delivered in an online format typically do have lower rates. To that end, instructors are encouraged, if possible, to schedule evaluation time in the course during instruction time. While this will not work in asynchronous courses, this method can be deployed for both face-to-face and synchronous instruction. Instructors can monitor response rates in real time.


    Feedback from the Fall 2020 administration has prompted a change for the Spring 2021 administration.   Designated supervisors, (deans, department chairs/program directors, and (department) scheduling coordinators) will be able to make individual course date changes at the request of instructors should instructors choose not to use the default Spring 2021 Administration Schedule.  Requests should be made directly from the instructor to the supervisor in their unit.


  • Annual Assessment Reporting Deadline in Tk20 – June 1, 2021 (1/19/2021)

    This year’s annual assessment reporting deadline for all academic and administrative units is June 1, 2021. The deadline has been been moved up for the 2020-21 academic year to allow time to incorporate the data into Mason’s SACSCOC compliance certification report.

  • New Associate Director (1/12/2021)

    We are pleased to welcome our new Associate Director – Lisa Anh Nguyen – to the OIEP team.

    Lisa will be providing streamlined research to support planning and decision-making efforts across Mason. This includes supporting accreditation and mandated reporting.

  • Student evaluations of teaching reports in Blue (11/18/2020)

    Instructor course reports for fall 2020 are now available in Blue! Instructors, deans, department chairs, and course coordinators will receive an email from OIEP with a link to their reports. In Blue, there is the option of downloading reports as a PDF in addition to viewing them in the dashboard. Department and college aggregate reports for fall 2020 will be available the week of January 18, 2021.


    Blue can also be accessed at


    More information about the administration of SETs at Mason can be found at


  • New Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness (9/30/2020)

    We are pleased to welcome our new Executive Director for Institutional Effectiveness – Matthew DeSantis – to the OIEP team.
    Matthew will provide collaborative leadership in academic and administrative assessment and will guide the Academic Program Review process. He will also be working with others in OIEP on survey development, administration, and reporting.

  • Student evaluations of teaching are going online! (8/11/2020)

    Beginning in fall 2020, Mason will be using Blue by Explorance to deliver a modern, easy-to-use evaluation platform for instructors and students. More information can be found here

Questions? Email the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning at