The Institutional Research Office is the primary resource for university -related data. The Office completes all external surveys and questionaires which relate to national rankings and reports as well as coordinates, analyzes, and interprets data from recurring and ad hoc projects involving Drake University students, faculty, and alumni.  It provides relevant findings to Drake University faculty, staff, administrators, and the Board of Trustees.

Institutional Research

  • Provide university data on current trends & reports
  • Provide university data to external agencies
  • Provide university and comparison data to academic and administrative leaders, faculty and staff committees, and the Board of Trustees
  • Support institutional planning efforts through the purposeful collection, interpretation, and application of institutional data


  • Assess student learning
  • Provide opportunities for mini-grants
  • Assist in the identification of appropriate assessment strategies and the development of purposeful assessment plans
  • Support academic program reviews

Academic Research

  • Academic Research Process
  • Research Development
    • Study Design
    • Exisiting Data
    • Survey Development
    • Focus Group Moderation
    • Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)
  • Calendar of Surveys
  • Qualtrics - the campus' online survey tool
  • IRB
University News
April 24, 2015
Drake University will soon have a new live mascot. Erin Bell, owner of the late Porterhouse, has formally agreed to direct the live mascot program at Drake.