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Institutional Research


Institutional Research
College Hall 305
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063
Phone: 413-585-3021

The Office of Institutional Research enables data-driven decision-making. Through a program of survey research, assessment support and analytic infrastructure development, we provide consistent, reliable and accessible information about Smith. We strive to do this in a way that honors Smith’s identity, that supports and enhances faculty governance and that enables campus stakeholders to communicate, track and measure their success.

About Our Work

We provide access to timely, accurate and action-oriented information through a comprehensive program of primary data collection and maintenance of analytical data sets on key curricular, demographic and outcome measures selected by senior administrators.

Institutional research supports administration and faculty in designing and budgeting assessment projects, providing technical assistance and full implementation services to execute institutional-level assessment projects. We offer an assessment and measurement perspective in planning throughout the institution and collaborate with faculty and staff at all levels to design efficient, sustainable assessment approaches that provide effective information for decisions.

Learn more about our type of work, from the Association for Institutional Research's definition of Duties and Functions of Institutional Research.

We follow the Association for Institutional Research's Code of Ethics and Professional Practice guidelines.


Cate Rowen
Cate Rowen
AVP for Analytics & Institutional Research


Kathy Foley
Kathleen Foley
Associate Director for Analytics


Minh Ly
Minh Ly
Associate Director for Assessment


Jim Fergerson
Jim Fergerson
Associate Director for Faculty Analytics


Kate Aloisio
Kate Aloisio '13
Assistant Director


Kayla Cheneba
Kayla Cheneba '14
Research & Program Assistant



Student Research Assistants 2017-18
Julianna Alvord '19
Dominica Cao '19
Crystal Zang '20

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