The Office of Institutional Research & Effectiveness (OIRE) is committed to supporting the University community by providing timely and accurate data and to assist in developing initiatives and programs to lead Kentucky State University, to renewed excellence on all forefronts.

Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) strives to increase the quality of institutional education and services by providing support for assessment and evaluation of both academic programs and administrative units. OIRE provides evidence of continuous improvement to affirm that the university is effectively accomplishing its mission through ongoing analysis and reporting to the community, state, federal and accreditation agencies of current academic processes and results.

The process of assessment at KSU is a continuous cycle of improvement. Academic program areas and sector units plan how to assess defined priorities whether student learning or sector effectiveness, implement the measures in an assessment plan, and analyze the resulting information to determine the level of performance in the context of defined targets for growth.

Major Projects

  • The OIRE assesses and reports on the effectiveness of university units. In collaboration with the various institutional units, the Office provides analysis and recommendations to improve the effectiveness, productivity, and value added by the university’s mission.
  • The OIRE surveys some groups throughout the year, including alumni, employees, faculty and graduating students
  • The OIRE reports institutional data to numerous external agencies. Significant reportage to CUPA (the College and University Professional Association) and IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System). Other pertinent projects include the annual KSU Fact Book, KSU Quick Facts, and numerous internal and external data requests.

Kentucky Academic Program Requirements by the Council on Postsecondary Education

Kentucky State Comprehensive Assessment and Evaluation Plan (Rev 1998)

Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) Academic Program Review Process


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CPE Program Review – User Guide and Instructions_052213

CPE Comprehensive Database Reporting Guidelines 2016-17

Data Dictionary of Institutional Research Terms

White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities-HBCUs are a source of accomplishment and great pride for the African American community as well as the entire nation. The Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, defines an HBCU as: “…any historically black college or university that was established prior to 1964, whose principal mission was, and is, the education of black Americans, and that is accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association determined by the Secretary [of Education] to be a reliable authority as to the quality of training offered or is, according to such an agency or association, making reasonable progress toward accreditation.” HBCUs offer all students, regardless of race, an opportunity to develop their skills and talents. These institutions train young people who go on to serve domestically and internationally in the professions as entrepreneurs and in the public and private sectors.

To reach President Obama’s goal of helping our nation lead the world in college completion by 2020, we must ensure that more African American students graduate from college. Currently, the college graduation rate for African American students is 34.3 percent, compared to 47.1 percent for Asian students, 46.2 percent for white students, and 41.05 percent for Hispanic students (National Center for Education Statistics, 2015).

HBCUs and 2020 Goal: In a presidential proclamation observing 2011 HBCU Week, President Obama remarked: “HBCUs continue a proud tradition as vibrant centers of intellectual inquiry and engines of scientific discovery and innovation. New waves of students, faculty, and alumni are building on their rich legacies and helping America achieve our goal of once again leading the world in having the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020”.


  • Location: Hume Hall, Suite 103
  • Phone: (502) 597-7014