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OADS Leadership and Staff
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The Office of Assessment and Decision Support (OADS) was launched in July 2011 to provide leadership and coordination in the areas of data collection and analysis, institutional research, and assessment, in support of University planning, the continuous improvement of educational programs, and the achievement of University mission, goals, and objectives.

The Office of Assessment and Decision Support integrates and enlarges upon the functions of the former Office of Planning and Institutional Research (OPIR) with expanded capacity in business intelligence, academic analytics, and assessment. The primary focus of OADS is the Main Campus, although many areas of data collection, reporting, and assessment address the University as a whole.

The evolving range of functions and services provided by OADS include:

  • ongoing analysis of current data practices and needs
  • supporting campus stakeholders through research consulting, data gathering and analysis
  • supporting faculty and academic leadership in the assessment of student learning and curricular effectiveness
  • playing a convening role across boundaries within the University around issues of data integration and improved data systems and processes,
  • maintaining and improving processes for reporting essential University statistics to external stakeholders and essential basic information to internal stakeholders, and
  • applying knowledge of emergent methodologies for assessment and decision support.

Under the principal purview of the Office of the Provost, OADS collaborates closely with Main Campus faculty governance and academic leadership, University Information Services (UIS), the University Registrar, the Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS), key data reporting centers on all three Georgetown campuses, central administration, and the Office of the President.

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