Assessment and Institutional Research

The mission of St. Ambrose, focused on student development, demands that we investigate the extent to which learning occurs and the degree to which our institutional activities contribute to that learning.

The purpose of assessment at St. Ambrose is to provide useful feedback to students, faculty, and external stakeholders for benchmarking and improving institutional effectiveness.

Assessment & Evaluation Committee:

The Assessment & Evaluation Committee promotes a culture of student learning by:

  • serving as a consultative body to SAU and its curricular and co-curricular units
  • sharing assessment and evaluation resources and results with the university community
  • evaluating the progress of university-wide assessment and evaluation activities


The following values guide the implementation and evaluation of assessment at St. Ambrose.

  • Effective assessment provides timely results used to improve student learning & institutional effectiveness
  • Effective assessment is efficient & feasible, using existing instruments, data, & procedures when possible
  • Effective assessment meets both internal demands and external expectations
  • Effective assessment synthesizes information from high-quality assessment instruments for benchmarking
  • Effective assessment is developed & sustained by faculty & staff, with strong support from campus leaders
  • Effective assessment is continuously evaluated and improved
  • Effective assessment aligns with our institutional commitments to student development & integrated learning
  • Effective assessment comes in many forms, but is informed by scholarship and good practice

Submit a Request for Data


The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) provides St. Ambrose University with an annual IPEDS Data Feedback Report (DFR). The report is based on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data submitted by SAU during the annual IPEDS collection cycle. The HTML reports are compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

2023 SAU IPEDS Data Feedback Report

Common Data Sets

The concept of a common data set arose out of the demand placed on colleges and universities for large amounts of information from various external organizations.

The common data set is made up of a set of standards and definitions of data to help ensure that data is more likely to be reliable (consistent), valid (measure of what they are intended to measure), and accurate.


The topics included in Common Data Sets are: general information; enrollment and persistence; first-time, first-year freshman admission; transfer admission; academic offerings and policies; student life; annual expenses; financial aid; instructional faculty and class size; and degrees conferred. Please refer to for more information. 

Click here to request previous years of Common Data Sets.

2023-24 (pdf)
2020-21 (pdf)
2019-20 (pdf)
2018-19 (pdf)
2017-18 (pdf)

Percent Receiving Title IV HEA Program Aid


Student Grant Aid% FTFT receiving grant aidAverage $$$ received
Total 100% $26,559
Federal Government 36% $4,477
Pell 31% $4,853
Other Federal 27% $400
State/Local Government 17% $7,151
Institutional 100% $23,744
Assessment Plans

Assessment and evaluation activities for the institution, academic programs, and co-curricular units are guided by the Institutional Assessment and Evaluation Plan.

Plans for the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, and Health and Human Services are located on MySAU Portal.

Academic Program Assessment Plans and Review

Academic programs maintain assessment plans primarily through the annual assessment process. These assessment plans are available on the EPC Blackboard site.

EPC requires programs to report the following assessment-related information:

For each academic department:

  • A statement of support from the Assessment & Evaluation Committee:
    • Is the academic program performing appropriate assessment?
    • Does the program appear to be meeting student learning outcomes?
    • Identification of areas the program should work towards strengthening prior to the next review
    • Identification of areas of strength
  • An evaluation of resources and SWOT analysis based on trends in enrollment and productivity.

For each academic program within the department:

  • Program evaluation results from surveys, course evaluations, departmental achievements, or advisory boards
  • A collection of annual assessment forms submitted since the last program review
  • An explanation of how SLOs are appropriate to the program's mission and students
  • Documentation of how the program analyzes and uses evidence of student learning
  • A description of how faculty share responsibility for student learning and its assessment
  • A reflection on assessment results and a description of findings
  • Proposals to improve SLOs or curricular requirements
  • A description of how the program evaluates and improves its assessment efforts
  • A description of how the program informs stakeholders of student learning

The EPC Blackboard site maintains program review documents from all academic programs.

Co-curricular Program Review

Co-curricular program activities are evaluated through the Academic Support Committee and University Life Committee review process. All co-curricular and administrative offices or departments that consult with the Academic Support Committee (ASC) or the University Life Committee (ULC) are required to submit reviews to the ASC and ULC.

The plans were expected to contain:

  • A mission statement
  • Goals and objectives
  • Specific plans for evaluating/assessing the goals and objectives
  • A timeline for implementation
  • A support statement from the supervising Vice President

The ASC and ULC schedule a review of each co-curricular unit every five years, similar to the academic program review process conducted by the Educational Policies Committee.

Click here for the most recent Student Affairs Year in Review (pdf)


Tracy Schuster-Matlock, Associate Vice President of Assessment & Institutional Research

Lori Maher, Academic Support Specialist
Sara Pearson, Data Analyst


Tracy Schuster-Matlock

Assessment and Institutional Research
Kreiter Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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