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Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP)


The mission of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) is to meet the institutional data, research, and analysis needs of the college administration, to assure accurate and timely reporting of data to internal and external audiences, and to support data informed decision making.

The OIRP contributes to Mercy’s mission by:

  • Assisting in the development of internal performance metrics that measure institutional effectiveness and monitoring external performance indications, such as academic program rankings and ratings that demonstrate Mercy's commitment to serving our students and a wide range of other stakeholders, including alumni, business and industry partners, current and prospective students.

  • Providing the statistical resources through which Mercy represents itself to external constituents and doing so in ways that promote the contributions of all segments of the College.

  • Completing required federal statistical reports and required New York State Education Department (NYSED) data submissions.

Performance Objectives

The overall effectiveness of institutional research and college planning depends on the capacities of all college constituencies to use institutional information, analysis, and inquiry effectively. Performance objectives for this area include:

  • Coordinating with college constituencies to promote the quality, consistency and timeliness of institutional data, data collection, and institutional research.

  • Developing information resources that broaden access to and effective use of institutional data for college- and campus-level strategic and tactical decision-making.

  • Conducting institutional research studies to inform the entire college community regarding pertinent issues that impact higher education institutional planning, management, and operation.


 The Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) divides its efforts into the following primary functional areas:

  • Reporting and other decision support activities (Compliance Reporting, Other External Reporting, Internal Reporting)

  • Data Collection

  • Data Management

Specifically, the Office:

  • Is responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of accurate, useful, consistent and timely College information to internal and external constituencies

  • Completes federal (IPEDS) and state (NYSED) compliance reports

  • Produces official university reports on admissions, enrollment, retention, graduation rates, degree completions, and financial aid

  • Maintains and provides data that support Mercy’s compliance-reporting, accreditation, institutional effectiveness, decision-making, and strategic planning processes

  • Facilitates the integration of assessment, planning, and institutional research to encourage continuous assessment and improvement of the College’s programs and services

  • Serves as the College’s central point of contact for institutional information requests and data collection

  • Coordinates with college constituencies to promote the quality, consistency and timeliness of institutional data and data collection

  • Promotes centralization of institutional data; helps internal constituencies define their data needs and educates them about data that is available

  • Produces reports on a defined schedule that are accessible and that address the most common data requests

  • Designs and administers survey instruments to ensure that the college continues to provide an institutional environment conducive to achieving Mercy College mission and goals

  • Conducts special studies on issues of significance to the Mercy community

Code of Ethics

The OIRP follows the code of Ethics of the Association of Institutional Research (AIR), that was adopted by AIR membership 12/18/92 with updates that were approved by the AIR Board 12/14/01. While the Office collects, maintains and has access to a large amount of identifiable data, the Office guarantees confidentiality. This limits disclosure to non-identifiable summary information and full text of comments, except in those circumstances when not disclosing would result in clear danger to the subject of the confidential material or to others; or unless directed by competent authority in conformity with a decree of a court of law.