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2012.02.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Introduces New Office of Institutional Effectiveness

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is creating a new Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE), comprised of three currently existing administrative areas, in order to enhance the quality of UNO programs, services, operations and processes.

The OIE, which will function as a division of the Office for Academic and Student Affairs (OASA), will operate under the direction of Russ Smith, the acting director of UNO’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR,), and report to UNO Senior Vice Chancellor B.J. Reed.

The creation of OIE, and appointment of Smith as director, takes effect Thursday, March 1. Smith has been a member of the UNO faculty since 1986, and previously served as director of the Center for Public Affairs Research and School of Public Administration.

Comprising the OIE are the Office of Institutional Research (OIR), Decision Support Services (DSS) and Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) for academic accreditation.

By combining the efforts of these three offices, the OIE will use the best methods available to collect data, distribute that data to internal and external members of the UNO community and use that data to help move the university forward as an institution of higher learning.

UNO’s OIR is charged with collecting, analyzing and interpreting institutional data to assist decision makers across the campus. OIR recently launched PING, the Performance Information Gateway. PING provides the UNO and Omaha communities with important data about how UNO compares to its peer institutions, as well as information to support campus decision making.

DSS provides information to UNO’s decision makers about applicants, students, staff, faculty and operational units, including academic departments and colleges. This information is obtained through the UNO IR data warehouse and the PeopleSoft transactional system.

AQIP provides leadership and support for maintaining and updating UNO’s accreditation efforts. This is accomplished through the tactical development of quality improvement initiatives across the UNO campus.

For more information about the OIE, contact Russ Smith at (402) 554.3750 or by email at rsmith@unomaha.edu.

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