To support the mission of the University, OIRE is responsible for the following:

Accreditation: Accreditation is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities. The board aids in the evaluation of each potential new school accreditation or the renewals of previously accredited colleges/schools. In order for potential colleges to proceed with the accreditation process smoothly, they must meet the general standards set by the peer review accreditation boards. There are two main types of accreditation – institutional and programmatic. Institutional accreditation reviews educational institutions, while programmatic accreditation reviews specific programs within institutions. There are also two branches of institutional accreditation – regional and national.

Assessment: Supports program, department and school level academic and administrative departments by facilitating the cycle of assessment processes and reports for institutional effectiveness. In collaboration with the various institutional units, the office facilitates analysis and recommendations to improve the effectiveness, productivity, and value added by the university’s mission.

Data Warehousing and Analytics: Coordinates the day-to day management of the data warehouse and its related analytic tools for reporting.

External Reporting: Serves as the source for comprehensive, accurate and consistent information in response to requests from external stakeholders.  OIRE reports institutional data to numerous external agencies including, CUPA (the College and University Professional Association), IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System), CPE (Council on Postsecondary Education), and numerous others.

Institutional Surveys: Manages dissemination of campus-wide surveys, including alumni, employees, faculty and graduating students. These include both national studies and institutional surveys requested by campus partners.

Internal Reporting and Research: Compiles, analyzes and interprets statistical data to support planning efforts by University administrators and committees.


  • The following values reflect that we act in accordance and maintain high standards with regard to confidentiality, personal integrity, and professional development, and ethical codes with contribution to the field of institutional effectiveness and research professionals.
  • We maintain strict confidence and security of all confidential information in our possession about Kentucky State University or any of its constituent parts.
  • We treat all participants with dignity and respect and weigh/risks/benefits in every study according to the generally accepted ethical standards as members of, and espoused by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR),  AIR Code of Ethics in the areas of Competence, Practice, Confidentiality, Relationships to the Community, and Relationships to the Craft.
  • We commit to conduct research in an objective manner utilizing the highest standards for accuracy in methodology, data quality, and the presentation of findings with professional responsible interpretation.

IR Manual

Data Dictionary of Institutional Research Terms


Office: Carl M. Hill Student Center, Suite 220

Phone: (502) 597-5531 or (502) 597-7014