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The Office of Research & System Effectiveness (ORSE) combines the more traditional institutional research role with higher education policy analysis and development

Mission & Ethics


The mission of the Office of Research and System Effectiveness (ORSE) is the collection of data (from both internal and external sources); timely analysis, distribution, and presentation of this information for use in assessment and planning at the system level; providing pertinent information for use in decision-making and policy formulation; and complies to requests for information from state, federal and other outside agencies.


ORSE can accomplish its mission only through the highest commitment to providing a complete, accurate, and fair picture of all research topics, treating all individuals with respect, especially when they are the subjects of research. Members of the office subscribe to all points in the Connecticut Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees, Code of Ethics established by the Association for Institutional Research, and the Code of Standards and Ethics for Market, Opinion, and Social Research from the Council of American Survey Research Organizations (CASRO).



Gammell, William, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Research & System Effectiveness, 860-723-0054


Name Title Contact
Annie Davis Executive Assistant I
Jan Kiehne, M.S. Institutional Research Specialist, P20 WIN Program Manager
Jesse-Douglas Mathewson, Ph.D. Senior Research Associate
Oscar Rivera, M.S. Sr. Programmer Analyst
Donna Sohan, Ph.D. CT IPEDS Coordinator

Institutional Research Council

The Institutional Research Council helps shape the organization’s research agenda and identifies appropriate, reliable and valid metrics and research tools to assess the effectiveness of the organization’s initiatives. The group also considers national higher education policy trends as they may relate to the organization.

The Council is convened by the Director of The Office of Research & System Effectiveness and meets monthly August through May.

Materials and Resources

Reporting Calendar 2014 (pdf) Reporting Calendar 2015 (pdf)

Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Date Agenda Minutes
Jan 9, 2015 Agenda Minutes
Nov 14, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Oct 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Sept 12, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Aug 22, 2014 Agenda Minutes
July 11, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Jun 13, 2014 Agenda Minutes
May 9, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Apr 4, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Mar 14, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Feb 21, 2014 Agenda Minutes
Jan 10, 2014 Agenda Minutes