About Institutional Effectiveness

Institutional Effectiveness (IE) is committed to creating a data-informed culture that supports strategic planning and decision-making efforts in realizing NIU’s mission and enhancing the success of our students, faculty and staff.

Guiding Principles

We are founded on five guiding principles:

  • Mutuality and collaboration - the best results are obtained through a collaboration between clients and IE professionals, as well as collaboration within the IE team. 
  • Communication - information must be communicated to be impactful, and assists in the creation of language that gives meaning to the client and (when shared as appropriate) to the larger community. 
  • Accountability and continuous improvement - the university community is provided with accurate and timely information that enables goal-setting and performance evaluation.
  • Integrity and transparency - by combining data integrity and integrity of process, we guarantee the integrity of our products. Further, we will share information to the fullest extent permitted by policy and law; and, if information cannot be shared, we'll make it clear why not.
  • Respect - each project is approached with respect for the client and their needs, and with respect for the overarching values of the institution.

Contact Us

Accreditation, Assessment and Evaluation
Amy Buhrow

Institutional Research
Greg Barker

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