Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Mission Statement

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.

OIEP fulfills its mission in ways that highlight our areas of expertise including:

  • Academic Program Review (APR)
  • Annual assessment of student learning outcomes and administrative effectiveness
  • Data-informed strategic planning: assessing current status, developing goals and key performance indicators to measure progress
  • Analytics development including
    • forecasting and planning tools
    • documenting university data
      • enrollment
      • retention
      • degree production
      • human resources
      • academic program planning
      • facilities
  • Oversight of institutional information, assessment, and data resources to ensure integrity, accuracy, usability and compliance with widely understood and accepted definitions
  • Anticipating information needs and developing innovative resources and visualizations
  • Responding to external reporting mandates including those generated by the Commonwealth of Virginia and federal government
  • Survey research that independently assesses student experiences across the institution and educational outcomes