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Office of Institutional Research & Assessment

Mission Statement

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) advances the University's mission by facilitating an integrated approach to institutional research, assessment, continuous improvement, and data-informed decisions in support of institutional effectiveness, teaching and learning.

Vision Statement

To exemplify a commitment to excellence by supporting a culture of evidence-based decision-making and promoting institutional improvement through collaboration and engagement.

Services Provided


  • Development and implementation of an institution wide assessment program
  • Consultation relating to course and program assessment
  • Professional development for faculty and staff on assessment related topics
  • Development of a "culture of assessment"
  • Design and administration of custom institutional and standardized national surveys
  • Accreditation support

Institutional Research

  • Internal, external, and compliance reporting
  • Official reporting source for all institutional data
  • Analysis of institutional data
  • Accreditation support
  • Consultation relating to research design and method
  • Design and implementation of research studies and program evaluation projects
  • Grant proposal data support

Decision Support/Planning

  • Participation in committees relevant to assessment, program evaluation, institutional research, strategic planning, etc.
  • Use of data to support decision making and inform institutional strategies
  • Data analytics and predictive modeling
  • Institutional Dashboards
  • Data Governance

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SDSU Parent Survey Results Now Available

The goal of the SDSU Parent Survey was to determine the childcare/schooling needs facing working parents at SDSU, especially

APLU Releases Reports Identifying 11 Critical Employability Skills Gaps for Graduates

Pat Crawford, director of South Dakota State University’s School of Design, was the co-principal investigator and author of two reports on employability skills, released today by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

Student survey shows high satisfaction among South Dakota State University fall graduates

Ninety-six percent of South Dakota State University’s December 2018 candidates for graduation stated they achieved their educational goals in an exit survey conducted by the university’s Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.