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Institutional Research and Planning

The role of the Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP) is to analytically support the planning, academic, administrative, and assessment functions of the University with timely, accurate, and forward looking information. OIRP is a University-wide research and planning resource reporting to the President. The range of assistance provided is broad -- ranging from financial aid modeling to space analyses and alumni surveying. OIRP broadly informs, but does not make, campus policy. As such, OIRP is necessarily unbiased and does not publicly support or endorse particular viewpoints within ongoing campus debates. Instead, the Office strives to provide appropriate information and context to campus decision makers and stakeholders.

The Office of Institutional Research was created by the University in 2002 in response to suggestions included in the Self Study conducted for reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and to meet a need for the enhanced use of information in campus planning and assessment. The Office was formally expanded to include planning in the summer of 2008.

Who We Are

  • Mary M. Grey

    Director of Institutional Research

     Mary M. Grey

     Director of Institutional Research

    Mary M. Grey graduated from Western New England University in 2019 with a Master in Business Administration and received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology from Springfield College. Before coming to Western New England University in 2004 and joining the Office of Institutional Research and Planning in 2012, she worked at Ludlow Textiles as a New Product Development Engineer and at Monsanto Chemical Company as a Research Technician. Mary has two daughters, Maryanne and Kimberly. She volunteers for the USO and at Holyoke Medical Center. She has been a CCD teacher for over two decades with her parish, St. Rose de Lima.