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Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability (OPAA)


The Office of Planning, Analysis, and Accountability is responsible for the coordination of all external university reporting. The key functional areas are Institutional Research and Planning and Assessment. In addition, within those functional areas are Accreditation (Institutional and Individual Program), Program Review, Faculty Evaluation, and Testing. All of the activities support continuous review of Bowie State University's institutional effectiveness. The office is located in the Henry Administration Building, Room 2400.


OPAA serves to contextualize data and inform institutional decision making. The office aims to achieve this by maintaining  objectivity, appropriately assessing user needs, sustaining data integrity, analyzing and interpreting data, and transforming data into information that supports the pillars of BSU's Strategic Plan.

Goals of OPAA

  • Provide leadership in efforts to ensure accountability to college's stakeholders
  • Direct institutional strategic planning activities
  • Maintain and monitor institutional effectiveness indicators
  • Support learning outcomes assessment
  • Serve as a clearing house for appropriate institutional statistics
  • Design and conduct research studies in support of policy decisions
  • Administer surveys to appropriate populations
  • Support market needs assessment for program development and grant opportunities
  • Fulfill state and federal reporting requirements

OPAA Reports

BSU Fact Book Fall 2016 (updated for Spring 2017)

Student Profiles

Common Data Set