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Mission Statement
The Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Administration (OIRAA) serves Rush University by providing accurate and reliable data in support of planning, policy making, academic assessment and program reviews, in accordance with the institution’s mission and strategic goals. The OIRAA fulfills its mission by:
  • Providing comprehensive information to support institutional planning, policy formation, decision-making, and evaluation of effectiveness
  • Coordinating responses to external accountability mandates and a wide range of internal and external request for information about the university
  • Coordinating campus-wide and unit-level assessment of academic programs and administrative processes to support the University’s quality improvement efforts.
  • Providing evidence of institutional effectiveness
The office provides services in three major areas:
External  reporting. The OIRAA has primary responsibility for preparing and submitting official reports and data files to ensure the University’s compliance with state and federal reporting mandates. In addition, the office coordinates the University’s response to a variety of other external requests for information that are received from internal and external stakeholders. Mandatory external reports and updates:
  • ILDS
  • IVC
  • IBHE 
Planning Support and Internal reports. The OIRAA is charged with compiling, analyzing and interpreting statistical data used in strategic planning efforts by University administrators, trustees and committees. These data include:
  • Student & faculty characteristics
  • Enrollment
  • Admissions
  • Retention and graduation rates
  • Degrees awarded
  • Credit hour production
  • Alumni performance
  • Scholarship/research productivity
  • Strategic planning and institutional performance metrics
The information is disseminated to the University community through annual reports, websites, and responses to ad hoc requests.
Institutional Effectiveness. The OIRAA is responsible for coordinating campus-wide and unit level assessment of academic programs and administrative processes to support the University’s quality improvement efforts. These activities include:
  • Gathering and presenting institutional performance data
  • Administering Rush University and other surveys
  • Providing technical support and consultation to assist units in assessing student learning outcomes and administrative objectives
  • Conducting special studies to evaluate the University’s progress in achieving strategic goals
  • Coordinating accreditation activities
  • Supporting the University Assessment Committee in its assessment activities and program reviews
  • Supporting and monitoring the HLC mandated quality improvement project

For ease in reference, we have consolidated the mission statements for the university, for all four colleges and for the Medical Center.

 The Mission and Vision Statement of Rush University



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