Mission & Goals


The office of Institutional Effectiveness advances William Paterson University’s mission and strategic goals by serving as the official source for information about the University’s academic programs and constituents. The office accomplishes this by taking a leadership role in ensuring the availability of accurate information that is useful, timely and accessible to enhance data-informed decision making that supports planning, institutional effectiveness and assessment efforts of the University.

The office also serves as the source of information for many of the University's external reporting requirements such as federal and state mandated reporting, accrediting agencies as well as other for- and not-for-profit organizations that report information about the University. William Paterson University’s office of Institutional Effectiveness is guided by the Association for Institutional Research’s Code of Ethics in the discharge of its duties and responsibilities.


The office believes data and information management systems are fundamental to purposeful, meaningful institutional planning, research and effectiveness reporting. Consequently, the goals of the Institutional Effectiveness Office are to:

  1. Work collaboratively with offices across campus involved in data management and serve as a data leader in implementing data governance principles to ensure the data used for official reporting purposes are accurate and reliable.

  2. Provide accurate and timely information easily available to respond to external requests for information about the University.

  3. Provide accurate and timely information to meet University leaders’ planning, research, assessment and effectiveness requirements.

  4. Provide leadership in guiding and directing outcome assessment efforts pertaining to student learning outcomes and administrative unit outcome assessment.

  5. Provide timely and easily accessible data to internal campus constituencies via mediums such as dashboards and other avenues to enhance decision making.  

  6. Keep informed about emerging trends and directions in Institutional Effectiveness, information technology and higher education policy to ensure the efficacy and efficiency of our practices.

  7. Provide leadership and service to our professional community.

Updated: 2019