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Office of Institutional Research

The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to provide information that will support the planning and decision making process at Thomas Jefferson University as well as to support faculty scholarship.

We achieve this mission by administering the longitudinal survey to identify levels of satisfaction from our students and alumni. We also serve as consultants to faculty, students and other investigators on research methods, survey design, and statistical analysis and collaborating with Jefferson schools, offices and units to collect and analyze data for accreditation purposes and/or to advance their scholarly mission.

Our History

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR), formerly known as the Center for Collaborative Research, was established as a result of a 1988 strategic planning initiative to position the then College of Allied Health as a leading college of allied health sciences in the nation. Its establishment was in response to a national assessment that identified the importance of developing a strong research base in the allied health professions. With the University reorganization in 2010 the OIR was reorganized to continue its traditional activities, while taking on a broader role in program evaluation and outcomes assessment in the Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical SciencesHealth ProfessionsNursingPharmacy and Population Health, and assessing campus life for all students including the Sidney Kimmel Medical College.

The OIR engages in four major, interrelated efforts:

  • Facilitate collaborative research and faculty development
  • Serve as an office of institutional research
  • Pursue funding opportunities
  • Conduct the longitudinal study of student and alumni satisfaction

Selected OIR Activities

  • Collaborating and mentoring faculty research
  • Providing technical assistance on faculty grant proposals
  • Providing statistical consultation to faculty and students
  • Conducting the Longitudinal Study and disseminating results both internally and externally
  • Providing data for College and department reports required by accrediting agencies and other external and internal organizations
  • Conducting College and department-specific studies
  • Contributing editorial advice to the Journal of Allied Health, the Health Policy Newsletter, and the Health Mentors Newsletter
  • Collaborating with the Jefferson Center for Interprofessional Education in program planning and evaluation