The Office of Institutional Analysis conducts systematic and thorough research in support of the college’s goals, planning, decision-making, assessment, and enhancement of student experience.
The Office provides timely and accurate information to the administration, trustees, faculty, and other internal and external constituencies of the college concerning institutional characteristics and performance. It serves as a primary source of important institutional statistics. Major activities include:
- Collecting and analyzing data (e.g., conducting various surveys) and producing research reports to assess learning environments, student engagement, satisfaction, and learning outcomes, alumni outcomes, and other aspects of educational effectiveness;
- Conducting retention research and providing enrollment projections;
- Compiling and updating the College Fact Book and Facts & Figures website;
- Assisting COLA (Committee on Learning Assessment), academic departments, administrative units, and other committees with assessment when needed;
- Conducting special research and data analyses for the senior leadership of the college and responding to internal data requests;
- Completing or coordinating mandatory and other kinds of reporting to external organizations (e.g., IPEDS, AAUP);
- Conducting peer benchmarking and data analyses of national trends related to the higher education environment;
- Providing data support for reaccreditation reviews and program reviews;
- Developing and updating data visualizations--interactive dashboards--to promote campus utilization of assessment and institutional data and to support student success.