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Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

The Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness (OIPE) facilitates the integration of accountability, assessment, planning, and institutional research by providing accurate and timely information, data analysis, and expert advice to fulfill the University’s statutory and regulatory obligations and to promote evidence-based decision-making in support of WCU’s mission and the improvement of University programs and services.


Institutional Data

OIPE compiles a number of data sources that are of use to both academic and administrative offices on campus. These resources include Common Data Sets, Fact Books, Student Body Profiles and IPEDS.

Explore the data

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Space Management

OIPE provides data support for space planning, and is responsible for maintaining and publishing an inventory of all university space. Submit proposals for allocation or reallocation of space. 

Space Management at WCU

Master Plan

Strategic Planning

WCU is committed to working toward the best interests of the region and state. As we plan for the future, a comprehensive master planning process guides all development and improvements.

Strategic Planning at WCU

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Student Achievement

From admission to graduation and beyond, student success is at the center of all we do at Western Carolina University.  Student Achievement measures core student success performance criteria.

See the performance data


WCU uses a variety of survey platforms to gather critical data, including CoursEval, COACHE, NSSE, Sophomore Survey and Senior Survey.

view the survey results

New freshman
Graduate enrollment
Distance enrollment
Freshman Applications
Student live on campus
Total Credit Hours
are full-time students
Retention Rate
Student/Faculty Ratio
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