The mission of the Office of Institutional Analysis is to provide systematic and thorough research in support of the college’s goals, planning, decision-making, assessment, and enhancement of student experience.
The Office provides the administration, trustees, faculty, and other internal and external constituencies of the college with information concerning the characteristics and performance of the institution. It serves as a primary source of key institutional data. 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 and graduation rates studies and producing 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 college leadership 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 data visualizations such as interactive dashboards to promote campus utilization of assessment and institutional data, and to support and highlight student success.