Institutional Research and Assessment (IR&A)
What Do We Do?
The current major responsibilities of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment are as follows:
1. Prepare annual statistical reports. Examples are:
•Statistical packet for each department
2. Prepare semester statistical reports. Examples are:
•Class Sections Over Days of the Week
•Faculty Load Reports
•Faculty Line Analysis
•Graduate and Undergraduate Admission Reports
•Year Over Year Undergraduate Admission Report
3. Conduct surveys and other studies on topics of special interest to the University. Examples are:
•National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
•Student Satisfaction Survey
•Annual survey of entering first-year students
•Surveys of alumni
•Surveys of non-returning students
4. Participate in national studies. Examples are:
•National Study of Financial Aid
•CSRDE Student Retention Consortium
•Voluntary Survey of Accountability - VSA's College Portrait
5. Prepare statistical reports/data bases for external agencies. Examples are: The Student Unit Record Enrollment (SURE) data bases on fall and spring enrolled students and graduates submitted to the Commission on Higher Education.
•IPEDS suite of surveys
•Middle States Annual Institutional Profile
•Institutional Accountability Report for Commission on Higher Education
6. Respond to external surveys. Examples are:
•US News and World Report
•Update Web-based Common Data Set
7. Oversee special databases. Examples are:
•Faculty Line Analysis
8. Provide support for planning at the university, college and department level.
9. Coordinate program review for academic departments.
10. Provide support for accreditation studies at the university, college and program level.
11. Respond to ad hoc requests for information and analysis by administrative and academic departments.
12. Provide technical and research support to administrative offices such as admissions, EOF, financial aid, certification, tests and measurement, CEDL.
13. Provide technical assistance to outcomes assessment and evaluation efforts, campus wide.
•Assistance in creating scannable survey forms
•Assistance in creating web-based surveys
•Assistance in analyzing and interpreting results
•Coordinate assessment activities and update annual assessment plan report
•Review of survey instruments
14. Through formal oral, written and IT presentations, as well as participation on committees, and availability of information on the Web, widely disseminate information about the University.
15. Provide leadership in improving and maintaining the accuracy and consistency of institutional data across databases.