Information and Data Management
The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) provides leadership and expertise in the development, management, analysis and reporting of Institutional Data. Through research and data analysis, OIR supports SPU’s administration planning for and assessment of strategic initiatives. By design, OIR crosses traditional departmental boundaries and has the authority to gather data from any institutional database to achieve the priorities set by the administration
Institutional Data is an important asset and its value is increased through good stewardship. OIR is responsible for administering the University’s Institutional Data policy and standards and provides leadership in developing, managing and reporting the University’s data with support from Data Administrators and the Systems and Data Management Group (SDMG).
- Senior Leadership Team and the Strategic Vision Metrics.
- Official institutional data to complete external surveys, federal reporting requirements and other data requests.
- Compliance with the Higher Education Act-2008.
- Database management – data is extracted from Banner systems at specific times, which allows further analysis of new undergraduate applicants, enrolled students, class sections, and financial aid information.
- Institutional Data management and analysis – enrollment, employee, academic departmental analysis.
- Institutional accreditation
- Gathering comparable and aspirational peer data.
Support for Enrollment Management / Tuition Revenue Streams
Through research, strategy development, enrollment modeling, and forecasting, OIR works closely with administrators to develop enrollment and revenue goals. All models contain prior history, current budget year, and projections for future years. Once goals have been established, OIR monitors progress and regularly provides updates to vice presidents and area administrators. The enrollment/revenue streams include:
- Undergraduate enrollment and financial aid.
- Graduate program enrollment.
- School of Health Sciences – R.N. to B.S.N. program.
- Undergraduate summer school.
- New Programs in research and development – build five-year enrollment and revenue projection models.
Other areas of support include:
- Undergraduate cohort tracking data base to support retention and graduation analysis. Contains data from 2005 new student cohort (fall) forward. Data base is updated quarterly with enrollment and National Student Loan Clearinghouse data and tracks the fall cohort for six years.
- Undergraduate Admissions trip planning and visit data analysis; cancel survey data analysis.
- Undergraduate enrollment/financial aid data base for modeling and analysis.
Support for Academic Affairs and Student Life
Academic Database created to support planning, assessment and program review efforts for Academic Affairs, school deans, and department chairs. Summary data for Deans, Chairs, and Facultyis posted on OIR’s website. Data base is updated annuallyto provide multi-year views of the data for:
- Academic Analysis/Faculty Work Load: Includes load credit (tied to class sections) and release credits (administrative responsibilities, professional development, leave, and learning outside the classroom).
- Departmental Analysis: Combines financial and enrollment data (faculty, student credit hours, number of graduates, majors, etc.) and provides academic administration with trends. Comparisons by school and department for 1) regular tuition undergraduate programs, 2) special tuition undergraduate programs, and 3) graduate programs.
Other areas of support include:
- Advisor Surveys (annually) – data management, summary.
- Course Evaluations (quarterly) – data management, summary/analysis.
- Program and student surveys – data management, summary/analysis.
- Secondary accreditation.
- Independent Colleges of Washington
- Washington State-Key Facts about Higher Education 2012 (HECB) (PDF)
- Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education
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