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Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

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What we do

Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment serves as a strategic partner across the university, helping to transform data into meaningful information that advances strategic decision-making, sustainable quality improvement, and renewal at all levels of the institution.

The office supports the university in a variety of endeavors, including:

  • Strategic planning
  • Accreditation
  • Gathering and coordinating official data for compliance reports, college guides, and other external reporting
  • Compiling and analyzing data for internal stakeholders to inform decision-making by administrators, colleges, departments, and committees


O’Shea, Lower Level
Suite B-27


Mon. – Fri.
| 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mon. – Thu.
| 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Fri. | 8:30 a.m. – noon

Institutional Research

The purpose of the Office of Institutional Research is to provide data that supports Niagara’s institutional planning, policy formation, decision-making and effectiveness. The office serves as the institution’s primary source for data required for federal and state agencies as well as external surveys.

Institutional Research supports:

  • Compliance with regulatory requirements.
  • Analytical decision-making to support Niagara’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Dissemination of information regarding the university environment.
  • Promoting Niagara’s students, faculty, academic programs, and campus life through profile reports.

How do we do it?

  • Standardizing data definitions and collection protocols.
  • Overseeing the accuracy and validity of university data.
  • Centralizing data collection.
  • Synthesizing data from across campus.
  • Generating federal and state regulatory reports.
  • Providing information to external profiling agencies (e.g., U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review).
  • Producing internal reports for administration, faculty and staff.
  • Providing current and timely reports to inform key decisions.



Tara Tierney

Tara Tierney
Executive Assistant

Dr. Vennessa


Executive Dir of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment

Phone: 716.286.8571