Taylor University Bell Tower in Winter.

Institutional Research and Strategy

Taylor’s commitment to quality, excellence, and accountability is foundational through our institutional programs, research, and centers put in place to uphold continuous learning and research. Through these methods, all faculty, staff, and students develop new relationships that spur academic, relational, and spiritual growth and hold our university to a new standard of quality, excellence, accountability, and educational practice.

Institutional Research

The Institutional Research Office supports decision making by assisting in data collection, interpreting institutional data, and creating strategic reports across the university. The Institutional Research Analyst is responsible for collecting, maintaining, analyzing, projecting, and reporting institutional data for our strategic planning and assessment process. They respond to surveys, fulfill requests from the department of Education such as IPEDS, complete guidebooks like U.S. News & World Report, and prepare a collection of University Facts. These provide support for university-wide planning activities through data-enriched decision making for recommending policy, processes, and program changes based on reports and data.

For more information, contact the Office of Institutional Research.

Strategic Plan

Our goal for quality improvement of our academic and student affairs programs is sustained and strengthened through our strategic plan. The University Planning Council continually assesses the improvement we strive for by making sure our mission and goals are accomplished. The Planning Council receives reports, reviews the institutional performance, and evaluates the long-range planning system to advise the University Cabinet on key needs and priorities to fulfill the university’s mission and purpose.

For more information, contact the Office of the President.

University Centers

Taylor University Centers exist to promote specific areas that are crucial to Taylor’s mission of developing servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.

Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence

The Bedi Center is all about effective education. It serves to advance teaching and learning methods through seminars, workshops, and scholarship, while also conducting teaching assessments and offering grants for summer research projects on teaching and learning.

For more information, contact Dr. Barb Bird.

Spencer Centre for Global Engagement

The Spencer Centre actively promotes global engagement within Taylor’s student body by providing leaders for global outreach, coordinating with regional partners, and encouraging cross-cultural opportunities through Taylor World Outreach, which sends as many as 400 students, faculty, and staff each year all over the world for outreach.

For more information, contact Dr. Charlie Brainer.

Center for Scripture Engagement

The Center for Scripture Engagement equips people to engage with the Bible in ways that drive evangelism, personal discipleship, worldview formation, and church planting. This is accomplished through research conducted by the Center, resources provided by a partnership with Bible Gateway, and training offered in studying Scripture. Learn more here.

For more information, contact Dr. Phil Collins.

Center for Missions Computing

The Center for Missions Computing enables current students to serve Taylor’s missions partners with computing expertise, technology resources, software project management, team leadership, and software engineering services. Learn more here.

For more information, contact Dr. Tom Nurkkala.

Center for Ethics

The Center for Ethics exists to promote careful thinking on moral values and how they impact personal lives and societies. Numerous events are sponsored by the Center, including the Ethics Bowl Team, the Students for Ethics group, and the annual Walter Randall Lecture on Ethics and Research.

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Phillips.

Center for Faith, Film, and Media

The Center for Faith, Film, and Media promotes intelligent, faith-informed engagement with film and other media. The Center sponsors Taylor’s annual Envision Film Festival, as well as various other campus events that encourage thoughtful connection of faith and culture.

For more information, contact Professor Kathy Bruner.

Center for the Study of C.S. Lewis and Friends

The C.S. Lewis Center focuses on the works and lives of C.S. Lewis, George MacDonald, Charles Williams, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Owen Barfield. Housed in Zondervan Library, the Center encourages engagement with the works of these wonderful authors and cares for The Brown Collection, the third largest C.S. Lewis collection in the world. Learn more here.

Center for Musical Development

The Center for Musical Development provides musical instruction to students from the surrounding community. This program gives Taylor students practical experience in teaching music to young learners. Children ages six to 16 can receive piano lessons from Taylor students and professional instructors at a reasonable cost, with no prior musical training required. Register for lessons here.