The Office of Program Evaluation (OPE) is an independent unit within JSU's Department of Research and Planning. Our mission is to improve the quality of education and programs on the campus through comprehensive evaluation and assessment services to the JSU community. This is to improve the effectiveness of sponsored programs through field research, program evaluation, and meta-analysis to determine the impact on the lives and regions our studies serve. The analysis is a collaborative process with agency administrators, faculty, and program staff members to employ qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Each study is designed to assess each agency's particular research objectives and questions employing an unbiased, rigorous academic data-collection process to meet the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and National Institute of Health (NIH) standards and Code of Ethics.