Institutional Research, Planning, and Accreditation

The Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Accreditation (IRPA) collects, analyzes, and shares data that informs decision-making, planning, and effectiveness at St. Catherine University. IRPA researchers collect, analyze, and report quantitative and qualitative data about St. Kate's students, faculty, staff, curriculum, course offerings, and learning outcomes. IRPA is the source of much of the information we provide to regional and national accreditation bodies to document how we fulfill the standards for accreditation.

In addition to reporting, IRPA researchers engage in data analysis; ranging from simply testing whether differences in reported data are statistically significant, to developing predictive statistical models to support assessment and strategic enrollment management. We believe evidence drives decisions. Let us help you with your research, planning, and practice.

Request a Report

For all ad hoc data requests, no matter how big or small, either call our office or email us. Priority may be given to requests most related to aspects of our institutional mission and/or strategic planning. All data requests will be honored to the best of our ability.

View IRPA Reports

IRPA reports, including the annual fact book, student census, and annual current student survey, as well as one- and five-year alumni surveys, graduation exit surveys, and The Lens newsletter, are available with a St. Kate's login. 

View IRPA reports (login required)

The St. Catherine University Fact Book is an annual extensive profile of the University. It includes:

  • Student demographics
  • Extensive enrollment programs which include by FTE
  • Degree level and program of study
  • Credits and degrees awarded
  • Retention and graduation rates
  • Additional information on faculty, administration and Board of Trustees

The Student Census shows student enrollment data on the 10th day of classes each fall semester. It includes:

  • Total headcount, including FTE, degree status, class level, and enrollment status

  • Student characteristics, including race/ethnicity by program, home of origin, and age

  • A profile of new students at each degree level

  • Retention and graduation rates and outcomes, including full time, part time, multicultural, and ten year trends

  • Enrollment profile by student level, school, and department

The Annual Current Student Survey is conducted annually to all students in all degree programs at the University and distributed to all degree-seeking students. Longitudinal data is available for selected items. No benchmarking with other colleges It includes:

  • Questions about student satisfaction with offices and departments on campus   

  • Levels of student engagement with various supplemental educational experiences, resources, and programs of the University

  • Level of satisfaction with the academic rigor in their program of study, the career preparation they have received, and overall satisfaction with their educational experiences

The One- and Five-Year Alumni Survey is distributed to alumni of all degree programs, at one year or five years out. Longitudinal data is available. There is no benchmarking with other colleges. It includes:

  • Additional educational degree programs graduates have enrolled in, or future plans to do so
  • Effectiveness of program of study to prepare them for their current degree program
  • Current employment status and goals in relationship to their degree program
  • Job categorized by 23 job areas associated with the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Annual income (and salary vs. hourly) 
  • Effectiveness of program of study to prepare them for their current job. Level of association program of study has with current job. 
  • Reputation of their St. Kate’s education in the workplace, and other questions about specifics aspects of their education
  • Beneficial educational experiences while a student 
  • Overall satisfaction with their education, college experiences and career preparation 

The Graduation Exit Survey is distributed students in all degree programs prior the conclusion of the last semester in their program of study. Longitudinal data is available. No benchmarking with other colleges is available. It includes:

  • Identifying the immediate employment or educational plans of students, and overall satisfaction

  • Annual projected income, contact information, plans for where they will live, interest in contact with the alumni office.

The Lens is a department newsletter produced by IRPA staff highlighting timely institutional reports, news on recent outcomes and assessments, new accreditation standards, important surveys and forums going on at St. Kate’s, and upcoming user training sessions. The Lens is distributed five times a year.

Professional Development

We develop and deliver faculty workshops on developing an outcomes based assessment plan (OBAP) for their program of study in SPOL. Each new department assessment lead (DAL) is expected to participate in a 2-day introductory workshop on building an assessment plan for their program of study. Academic department chairs (CHADs) are invited to attend as well. Ongoing one-to-one help is provided to DALs who request more individual assistance with their OBAP.

Assessment workshop presentations

Assessment workshop information and handouts

General assessment information

User Guides

Qualtrics is a web based survey tool that allows the user to create surveys and conduct polls for research and feedback using a variety of distribution methods. Information from Qualtrics surveys can be used to generate reports for evaluation and analysis. Access to the use of Qualtrics requires a training session from IRPA.

Qualtrics user guide

Strategic Planning Online, or SPOL, is an integrated strategic management software tool that integrates assessment, accreditation, and planning. This cross-functional tool enables visibility and accountability while building a path towards continuous improvement and institutional efficiency. Access to the use of each SPOL module (Assessment, Accreditation, Planning) requires a training session from IRPA.

SPOL user guide