The Office of Institutional Research provides accurate, timely, and consistent information on the University to the Fordham community, governmental and accrediting agencies, journalists and others. Guided by a supporting initiative in the University’s strategic plan, Toward 2016, it supplies information and analyses to senior administrators to support decision-making and assessment. By providing high quality research, the Office seeks ultimately to increase the effectiveness of University’s programs and the stewardship of its resources. Housed in the Office of Provost, OIR also supports a faculty-directed program to assess student learning and provides research to support the division of Academic Affairs.
Values that guide our work
Based on the Jesuit tradition in education, the social teaching of the Catholic Church, and the disciplinary affiliations of the members of the staff, the Office conducts research according to the principles set forth below.
Pursue the welfare of the Fordham Community and the larger society through research
The Office of Institutional Research takes account not only of the interests of Fordham University and the members of the broad Fordham community, but also of the welfare of the communities beyond Fordham’s gates. Although a large portion of the research conducted by staff members supports reporting mandated by statute, government regulations, or requirements of accreditation, the Office devotes a portion of its discretionary resources to support research on the mission of the University and to collaborate on research with other Catholic and Jesuit institutions.
Furthermore, the “preferential option for the poor,” which is central to Catholic social teaching and endorsed in the University’s mission statement, calls on staff members to be cognizant of the needs of marginalized populations and to account for human diversity in its many dimensions, such as gender, ethnicity, race, economic status, national origin, and religious affiliation. Often, the small population sizes available for research make it difficult or impossible to measure the effects group membership. Nevertheless, researchers do their best to account of the differing needs and perceptions of members of different human groups to measure the mediating and moderating effects of group membership on outcomes of interest.
Adhere to the highest ethical, scientific, disciplinary, and professional standards
The Office of Institutional Research conducts research according to the highest ethical, scientific, disciplinary, and professional standards.It applies scrupulous standards of honesty when compiling and disseminating information.
Specifically, the Office adheres to the Code of Ethics of the Association for Institutional Research. Since the Associate Vice President and the Associate Director of Institutional Research are members of the American Psychological Association (APA), any research they conduct or that is performed under their supervision must comply with the APA Code of Ethics.
Accords dignity and respect in human relationships
Members of the staff of the Office accord the individuals with whom they work the dignity and respect. They comply with all laws and regulations concerning treatment of human subjects and confidentiality of records. They respect the intellectual property and other rights of individuals and organizations.
When conducting research with people or communities who give time and information for a research project, the investigators will attempt to provide something of value to the participants in return for their cooperation, especially when the research results may benefit them only remotely.
Researchers communicate the results of a study in a constructive manner sensitive to the situation and needs of the audience.