Institutional Research

Assessment is the systematic collection, review, and use of information about educational programs undertaken for the purpose of improving student learning and development (Palomba & Banta, 1999). The Higher Learning Commission, which is part of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Miami University's regional accrediting body), includes assessment of student learning in its accreditation criteria. Many programmatic accrediting bodies (e.g., ABET for Engineering or NCATE for Teacher Education) encourage or require evidence of assessment of student learning as part of their accreditation processes.

The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELTUA) has primary responsibility for coordinating and supporting assessment efforts at Miami University. The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) supports Miami University's assessment efforts in multiple ways. OIR staff are members of the University Assessment Team, which guides and implements many of the university's assessment activities. OIR also provides data and analyses for assessment-related activities, such as accreditation, provides consultations for offices that are designing surveys for assessment, and oversees Miami's participation in several national surveys and projects that are used for assessment purposes (e.g., the National Survey of Student Engagement).


Assessment: To learn more about university assessment, contact The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELTUA) at 513-529-9264 or

Accreditation: To learn more about institutional accreditation, visit the Miami University Accreditation website. For a list of individual program accreditations at Miami, visit the Accreditation section of the university Fact Book.


Miami University Assessment-Related Websites

The Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELTUA)

Miami University Accreditation

Miami University Assessment

Surveys conducted at Miami


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Office of Institutional Research
221 Roudebush Hall
501 E. High St.
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-7095