What We Do

Institutional Research at Emmanuel College oversees a variety of responsibilities including data integrity and management, external reporting, survey administration and support, and research and analysis.

Institutional research, as a function, differs in reach and scope from one institution to another. At Emmanuel, IR is responsible for a diverse array of activities:

  • Data Integrity and Management - IR supports various data collection, storage and clean-up efforts at the College. IR maintains a growing, centralized library of historical institutional data and seeks to enhance data fluency at the institution. We strive to develop and find new processes, systems, surveys and data tools to effectively provide the data and information that the College's executive staff and faculty leadership need to make timely decisions.
  • External Reporting - IR works with departments across the College to comply with requests from various external parties: the federal government and local government, our accreditation body (NECHE), numerous publishers of online and print materials (e.g. U.S. News and World Report, College Board), and other groups.
  • Survey Administration and Support - Emmanuel College routinely surveys its community to enhance its self-understanding and to inform decision-making. IR administers several national student surveys at the College including the Higher Education Research Institute's CIRP Freshmen Survey, the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory, the National Survey of Student Engagement developed by Indiana University Bloomington, and The Outcomes Survey by GradLeaders. IR also coordinates the development, administration and analysis of an annual survey of the College's alumni. Numerous ad hoc or scheduled College wide and departmental surveys also take place, depending on need.
  • Research and Analysis - IR provides data, analysis, and research expertise at the department and institutional level that supports informed decision-making, measures the College's success in key areas and illustrates the fullness of the Emmanuel story to potential, current and past members of the Emmanuel community.

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Research Spotlight: Searching for an Evolution Solution

Propelled by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, students and faculty in the Mathematics Department are studying the rate of evolution in spatially structured populations using evolutionary graph theory, which may inform the estimation of important events in our evolutionary past, such as when humans split from our closest primate relatives.

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Research Spotlight: Powerful Partnerships

In collaboration with Emmanuel graduate, Kierstin Giunco ’17, Associated Professor of Education Christine Leighton and current student Kayla Balthazar '20 are working with local elementary students to deepen reading engagement and comprehension.

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Research Spotlight: Economics Education on a Global Scale

As her research in economics education has focused on innovation in the classroom and finding ways to help students apply economic theories to real-world situations, students are vital in every aspect to Associate Professor of Economics Rebecca Moryl’s work.

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Eileen Milien '22: A Career-Affirming CURE

When choosing a college, Eileen knew two things for sure—that she would be able to get to know her professors and peers and that she wanted to be in an area in which she would have myriad opportunities in the research and medicine.

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Jake Hill '20: Seeing Citizenship with a Capitol C

Growing up in a suburban town outside of Boston, going to college in the city had always been a goal for Jake. After touring Emmanuel's campus he felt it had the perfect mixture of “small campus feel and big city appeal.”

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Melissa Duffy '20: Artist and Appreciator

When Melissa started at Emmanuel, she chose what she believed to be two separate and distinct majors—studio art and history—to fulfill her both her personal and professional interests.

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Kai Uehara '20: Social Justice Scholar

Kai has always had the inclination to try to make any situation better. When he was searching for colleges, Emmanuel's social justice mission resounded deeply with his ideals of supporting those who need the help.

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Robert Columbus '20: The Idea Man

Robert’s interest in the workings of the wider world grew in 2011 as the Arab Spring became international news. “I love history,” he said, “so knowing the history of the states as well as their current affairs made their actions and interactions much more interesting to me.”

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Jessie Wang '19: Head of the Class

What began as an on-campus job in Emmanuel's student center transformed into a new career path for Jessie, one that brought her to Harvard University as a master's candidate in higher education administration. 

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Emmanuel Awarded Cummings Foundation Grant for Service Initiatives

In May 2019, Emmanuel College was selected as one of 100 Boston-area nonprofits to receive a $100,000 grant through Cummings Foundation's "$100K for 100" program. The grant will help support service initiatives through Emmanuel's Cardinal Seán O'Malley Center for Mission & Ministry.

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