Welcome to the website for the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

The UNO Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) is comprised of:

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Performance Information on 4-Year Colleges in the U.S.

The universe of organizations reporting on the performance of U.S. colleges and universities grows each year. CollegeMeasures.org is a partnership between the American Institutes for Research and Matrix Knowledge group. Their interactive 4-year college data tool presents key performance measures for four-year colleges in the United States. Areas of interest include: student success, college efficiency, college productivity and employment outcomes. According to the organization, "Our goal is to present data that are informative, thought-provoking and easily understood."

Past Higher Ed Data Links

OIE’s mission is to provide leadership, assistance and support for the campus’ continuous planning, assessment, and evaluation efforts. The primary goal is to enhance the quality of UNO programs, services, operations and processes.

To achieve its mission, OIE:

  • Advances the use of sound and innovative methods to gather, generate, analyze, report and manage data, and to transform data into useful information for campus decision making. Key areas the office supports include strategic planning, enrollment management, academic program improvement, and on-going evaluation of teaching and learning.

  • Provides accurate, consistent, relevant and timely information and research that is accessible to internal and external constituencies.

  • Facilitates the integration of this information into institutional decision making, policy development and planning processes.

Units Within OIE Include:

  • Institutional Research (IR) facilitates the collection, analysis and interpretation of institutional data to support institutional management, assessment, planning and decision making. OIR carries out routine and ad hoc reporting and analyses, responds to external surveys, and constructs internal surveys to assist institutional decision makers. OIR also informs the ongoing development of the UNO OIR data warehouse and PING: Performance INformation Gateway, and assists in the identification and resolution of data quality issues.

  • Decision Support Services provides information to University decision makers about our applicants, students, staff, faculty, and operational units, including academic departments and colleges, as well as administrative and support areas. DSS uses PING: Performance INformation Gateway as the primary campus portal for accessing summary level and selected list-based information. Information provided through PING is obtained through the UNO OIR data warehouse, a repository of data merged and aggregated from various sources, including: OIR Census and Academic Department Indicators data; Delaware Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity; Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); Digital Measures; Talisma; and DegreeWorks. In addition, selected information is accessed directly from the PeopleSoft transactional system for users with a WebFocus account.

  • Accreditation provides leadership and support for maintaining and updating UNO’s accreditation efforts. The Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) infuses the principles and benefits of continuous improvement into the culture of colleges and universities by providing an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With AQIP, an institution demonstrates it meets accreditation standards and expectations through sequences of events that align with those ongoing activities that characterize organizations striving to improve their performance. The UNO AQIP Coordinator works with the AQIP Steering Committee and relevant campus units to provide a tactical approach for developing quality improvement initiatives across the UNO campus.