The MSOE Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) is responsible for generating, collecting, and analyzing data to be used for data-driven decision making and institutional improvement. The OIRA is also responsible for generating a number of reports required by governmental regulatory bodies and by MSOE’s regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of Colleges and Schools.
The office is headed by the Assistant Vice-President of Institutional Research and Assessment, Deborah Jackman, Ph.D, LEED AP.
Deborah L. Jackman, PhD, PE, LEED AP
Assistant Vice President of Institutional Research and Assessment
MSOE Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Higher Learning Commission
Owe Petersen, PhD
Responsibilities of OIRA
- Ensures that MSOE faculty and administrators have convenient and effective access to survey data of student evaluation of faculty performance, as provided by the Class Climate Faculty Evaluation Questionnaire.
- Coordinates the administration and collection of data from various institutional level surveys administered to students, faculty, employers and alumni, to be used for institutional improvement purposes.
- Serves as the clearinghouse of all official communications between MSOE and HLC, and works to ensure compliance across the institution with HLC regulations and mandates.
- Facilitates MSOE’s strategic planning and institutional effectiveness assurance efforts through coordination of the Mission Actualization Process (MAP) and by serving as a clearinghouse of MAP documentation and data.
- Administers the policy for responding to requests for institutional data coming from both external and internal individuals, groups, or organizations.
- Ensures the accuracy and timely submittal of required reports such as the IPEDS, data updates to HLC for Pathways compliance, and other federal and state mandated reporting instruments.
- Coordinates the activities of the MSOE Committee on Academic Assessment (CAA). Coordinates the collection of Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILO) assessment data and compiles the annual ILO assessment report.
OIRA administered surveys
The OIRA conducts evaluations and assessments on behalf of MSOE. For more information or to obtain data and results of currently unpublished assessments please contact Deborah Jackman, Ph.D., Assistant Vice-President of Institutional Research and Assessment at
Current published assessment results:
Class Climate–Faculty Evaluation Questionnaire
Survey data is one vehicle used by academic department chairs in the evaluation of their department faculty and serves as a key component for continuous course improvement. Students are surveyed via email at the end of each quarter using the standard Class Climate—Faculty Evaluation Questionnaire for every class in which they are enrolled. Both individual faculty members and their department chairs receive survey results for courses taught, to be used as a tool for improvement. Course sections that have three or fewer students enrolled in them in a given quarter (e.g. independent studies, senior project teams, etc.) are NOT surveyed via Class Climate in order to ensure that student confidentiality is maintained. There is therefore no institutional expectation that Class Climate data be provided during a faculty member’s annual performance review or periodic peer review for any classes taught that had three or fewer students enrolled.
Other assessments and evaluations conducted by OIRA
- Alumni Survey
- Assessment of Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)
- Department Climate Survey
- Institutional Climate Survey
- Welcome Week Survey
- Sophomore Survey
- Program Senior Exit Surveys
- National Survey of Student Engagement
Approval is sought for all surveys and information disclosure when needed per the MSOE University Institutional Review Board (IRB).