Mission Statement

As part of Lawrence's effort to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Mursell House is closed to visitors (business associates, non-Lawrence employees, professional colleagues, and personal contacts are not permitted until further notice). The ORA staff are working remotely; the best way to contact us is email.

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Kristin McKinley (12/1/2020)

The Office of Research Administration (ORA) is responsible for collecting and analyzing institutional research data, facilitating and supporting research activities among members of the university community, and reporting and disseminating information useful for establishing policies and making decisions.

Specifically, ORA

  • conducts studies and provides information requested by administration, departments, faculty, staff, and student groups on topics relevant to the university
  • responds to requests from federal, state, and local agencies for data and statistical information on the university
  • participates in comparative, peer-institution studies
  • collaborates with administrative and academic units in designing research and preparing grants and contracts
  • informs the university community about results of studies through regularly published reports, summaries, and updates




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Data Scene

Kristin McKinley submitted two proposals for the 2021 AIR Forum Virtual, and both were accepted. 

  •  Join the Equity Walk: How IR Can Advance DEI was selected as an Impact Session. Presenters include Kristin McKinley (Lawrence University), Bethany Miller (Macalester College), Jacqui Broughton (Michigan State University), and Chris Hubbard Jackson (St. Charles Community College). 
  • Data for Decision-Making: Inclusion & Engagement with Cultural Diversity will be co-presented as an on-demand session by Jillian Kinzie (Indiana University Bloomington, NSSE), Kristin McKinley (Lawrence University), Jason Nicholas (Northern Michigan University), Dajanae Palmer (Indiana University Bloomington), and Samantha Silberstein (Indiana University Bloomington).