The Catholic University of America

Financial Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment:


The Office of Financial Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment 
facilitates the university’s planning, budgetary and strategic initiatives by
coordinating institutional research, institutional assessment and student learning
assessment activities. The office serves as a comprehensive source of information
about The Catholic University of America. Information and research originating
within the office serves to: facilitate university planning; inform policy recommendations
and decision-making; support the university’s strategic plan and accreditation;
and inform the planning and improvement of curricular and co-curricular experiences.

Associate Vice President

Mr. Brian Johnston

The Catholic University of America
116 Leahy Hall
620 Michigan Avenue, N.E
Washington, DC 20064
Tel: 202-319-5012

Institutional Research


Statistical Profiles

The Statistical Profiles are updated annually and present current and historical information about students, faculty, staff, academic programs, academic support, physical plant, tuition, financial aid and university finances. Data included in the Statistical Profilessupport university-wide planning efforts as well as provide individual academic units with planning and management information. 

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) is a collaborative effort between publishers and the higher education community to improve the quality and consistency of information reported in college guide books. The CDS consists of a series of standard data items and definitions that are compiled annually by all participating institutions. Participating publishers include: The College Board, Peterson's, and U.S. News and World Report.


The Office of Financial Planning, Institutional Research and Assessment annually conducts a number of surveys to assess the educational experiences and outcomes of students. These surveys include: The National Survey of Student Engagement, The CIRP Freshman Survey, The Undergraduate and Graduate Alumni Surveys, and the Classroom Survey of Student Engagement.



 Student Learning Outcomes Assessment 


Course Evaluations

Students complete course evaluations throughout their programs. Students not only rate the course and the instructor, but also evaluate whether the outcomes for the course were obtained. Course evaluations from Spring 2003 to Fall 2012 can be found on the old website. Course evaluations from Summer 2014 to current can be found on the new website.




As a result of two closely-related initiatives – major assessment findings reports and annual key assessment findings documents - departments/Schools document on a set schedule (every five years and annually) that they have reviewed specific quantitative and qualitative data and, then, reflected and commented on the assessment findings and implications for their programs.


Student Learning Outcomes Assessment Council

The University Student Learning Assessment Council, along with its subcommittees, serves as an essential contributor to the evaluation and development of student learning assessment at the Catholic University of America. The Council provides guidance, structure and support for the assessment of student learning and facilitates the implementation of the student learning assessment plan.