OPIR's Mission

 A highly-respected, highly-utilized office with a deeply collegial, service-oriented team that renders outstanding professional work, including:

  • Conducting cutting edge studies and offering technical assistance in support of strategic planning at the university, college and department levels.
  • Conducting evaluation and assessment studies and data analysis at all levels as well as offering technical assistance in these areas.
  • Managing and continuously improving the CATS data collection/analysis/reporting system, including preparing special reports and data mining.
  • Collecting certain externally mandated data and data for professional organizations.

Survey Research

  • Surveying key constituent groups to support planning, assessment, accreditation and ongoing program improvement.
  • Assisting Villanova units to conduct survey research and evaluation activities, including study design, instrument development, as well as distribution, statistical analysis and report preparation.


  • Serves on and supports the University-wide Outcomes Assessment Committee.
  • Works directly with the Provost
  • Conducts survey research, including the systematic survey cycle.
  • Administers the Course and Teacher Survey (CATS).
  • Conducts statistical analyses at the university, college and departmental levels.
  • Provides technical assistance to colleges and departments in support of their assessment efforts. Serves on college level committees as invited.
  • Conduct assessment workshops.
  • Coordinates University level accreditation activities.

Qualitative Research

  • Focus Groups
  • Observation
  • Individual Interviews
  • Garnering best practices

Course and Teacher Surveys (CATS)

  • Every semester, administer, analyze and prepare reports of student perceptions of each academic classes
  • Fully participate in the modification of CATS forms and report protocols
  • Conduct ad hoc studies using the CATS data base to answer pertinent research questions.

OPIR Office Location

OPIR Office Location

St. Mary's Hall
Suite 110B, Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085