The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to collect, analyze, contextualize, report, and disseminate institutional data to stakeholders and entities in support of the University’s strategic priorities and mission.

Our Vision

We aspire to create and cultivate a data-informed decision-making culture where stakeholders and entities connect and engage with data and information to catalyze positive change for students, both on the Lawrence campus and throughout higher education.

Our Principles and Values

To achieve our mission and vision, we abide by the AIR Statement of Ethical Principles and we espouse five core values:

  • Sharing data through collaboration and collegiality
  • Valuing data through transparency
  • Trusting data by upholding integrity
  • Using data by being adaptable
  1. Collaboration - We value collaborative relationships. We aim to understand others’ work, our role in it, and how we can collaborate for the benefit of students, both on and off campus.
  2. Collegiality - We strive to be a resource for internal and external colleagues. We represent Lawrence and share how data are being used to enact change on our campus with other colleagues in higher education.
  3. Transparency - We believe in sharing data findings, both strengths and opportunities for growth, and engaging in conversations with others about actionable change that can be garnered from the data.  
  4. Integrity - We are committed to data quality (meaning accuracy, completeness, consistency, integrity, uniqueness, and validity) to foster trust and use of data in decision-making, planning, and policy formation.
  5. AdaptabilityWe know being adaptable is critical to progress, especially in uncertain times, and do our best to nimbly and strategically respond.

Our Structure

The Office of Institutional Research is a 3.0 FTE staff consisting of Sarah Dunnagan and Haley Perkins who report directly to Kristin McKinley. Kristin reports directly to Christyn Abaray, who is a member of the President's Cabinet. View our Meet the Team page for more details and contact information.