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The Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) is housed within the Division of Academic Affairs, and is composed of the Office of Institutional Assessment (IA) and the Office of Institutional Research (IR).



As the official source of the institution’s data, OIE supports UCO’s mission by empowering leaders and stakeholders with trustworthy information, improving campus data literacy, and ensuring high quality reporting.


UCO’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness serves as a dependable partner that promotes continuous improvement through innovative tools and processes that inspire high levels of confidence for decision-making among UCO’s stakeholders.





The concept of OIE emerged as an action item from the 2012 strategic planning initiative. The primary purpose in establishing an office of Institutional Effectiveness was the recognition of the critical role of data in making strategic and operational decisions. To this end, OIE was created and charged with the collection, analysis, and reporting of institutional data. In addition, OIE coordinates the ongoing strategic planning process, accreditation (including special accreditation of programs), reports and/or data for the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and the Regional University System of Oklahoma, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, and a host of statewide and federal agencies. Institutional Effectiveness also oversees program assessment and continuous improvement of academic programs through required self-studies and external reviews. 



The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the Office of Institutional Assessment, and the Office of Institutional Research are located on the second floor of the Lillard Administration building in suite 213.



Gary Steward, Jr., Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Cindy Boling, Project and Publications Specialist

Institutional Assessment

Kristi Nelms, Ed.D., Director of Institutional Assessment

Cami Cho, Research Analyst, Institutional Assessment

Flynn King, Research Analyst, Institutional Assessment

Institutional Research

William Scheideler, Executive Director of Institutional Research

Quinton Thorp, Assistant Director of Institutional Research

Tiffany Bryant, Research Analyst, Institutional Research

Lance Bryant, Research Analyst, Institutional Research

Yadira Reyes-Pena, Research Analyst, Institutional Research