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The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (OIRA) is dedicated to developing our learning community’s transformational culture, guided by data, improving academic excellence, spiritual growth, and service for Finlandia University.


The OIRA will identify and support information needs through collection, analysis, and reporting that supports strategic planning, program review, assessment, and decision-making that is informed and further develops the institution’s data culture.

The OIRA is charged with not only collection and analysis but also accurate circulation and distribution of data that is explicit and supportive to the needs of students, alumni, faculty, staff, other key stakeholders, and all required reporting agencies.


Transforming and empowering our students is at the core of everything we do here at Finlandia University. To assure Finlandia’s mission is being met, the OIRA synthesizes multiple systems of institution-wide data to inform decision-making across campus, helping maintain and strengthen best practices in teaching, learning, student support, and other services for students, alumni, and our extended learning community.

By managing and coordinating institution-wide data systems, along with the policies and procedures that govern them, the OIRA operates as a centralized data-hub to provide and promote a more intuitive, analytical presentation and strategic use of data across the university. Accomplishing these tasks, the OIRA will remain committed in all endeavors to providing information, analysis, and research that is timely, ethical, non-biased, and accurate to appropriately transform our learning community, making it more efficient and effective for all of our students, alumni, and those who serve them.

“The one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, they will be blessed in their doing.” (ESV, 2016 ed., James 1:25)


Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy

Assessment Basics – Webinars Links

Assessment Basics #1 developing-quality-outcomes-objectives

Assessment Basics #2 curriculum-mapping

Assessment Basics #3 direct-indirect-measures

Assessment Basics #4 making-data-informed-decisions


Thursday, March 25th, 2021 | 9-10 a.m. & 3-4 p.m. via ZOOM

Assessment Workshop

Outcomes for Faculty & Staff; Hosted by Denise Vandeville, ISAD Dean and Assessment & Institutional Review Committee Chair 


Friday, August 28th, 2020 | 2 pm – 3 pm ZOOM

Program Review Workshop 2.0

Faculty and Co-Curricular Professional Development opportunity from the OIRA; hosted by Denise Vandeville, ISAD Dean and Assessment Committee Chair.


Thursday, August 13th, 2020|10 am – Noon ZOOM

Program Review Workshop

HLC Assurance Topic: Criterion 4.A.1

Pre-semester Faculty Professional Development opportunity from the OIRA; hosted by Denise Vandeville, ISAD Dean and Assessment Committee Chair.



IR Duties and Functions (AIR – Association For Institutional Research)

How IR Helps Finlandia


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