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Institutional Research Strategic Plan, 2018-2022

Goal 1: Provide contextualized data and analyses to describe and evaluate the university

Objectives:

  1. Continually increase the visibility and strengthen the understanding of the university and its performance
  2. Expand usage of relevant supplemental data sources
  3. Maintain and expand communication channels to disseminate information

Goal 2: Proactively support others in using University data to its full benefit

Objectives:

  1. Actively integrate data into annual campus priorities
  2. Implement new strategies to help customers/consumers find answers to their data questions
  3. Develop new methods to exchange knowledge and develop skills across analytical areas
  4. Increase data literacy among administrators, faculty, and staff

Goal 3: Improve quality of data and access to information produced by Institutional Research

Objectives:

  • Contribute to a collaborative and strong effort for data governance and quality
  • Streamline the flow and improve the data in IR-supported systems
  • Identify potential efficiencies that would improve time to delivery for regular projects
  • Continue to improve delivery and usability of data and analyses

Goal 4: Build and maintain organizational capacity and develop human resources within Institutional Research

Objectives:

  1. Employ project management best practices
  2. Ensure each staff member is supported for participation in meaningful professional development
  3. Foster a work environment that supports employee wellness

Prioritization Guidelines

In a data-informed culture, Institutional Research will encounter requests that compete for its limited resources. To assign our available resources efficiently, IR has developed a basic schema for determining how and where to place its resources. A primary objective of IR is to serve the institutional needs by asking the question, “Does this request address institutional goals/priorities and/or help the university move forward as an institution?”

Category 1: Information needed for campus decision makers (senior leadership, deans, etc.); institutional initiatives; external entities (State Board of Education, State or Federal government, etc.)

Category 2: Information needed for specialized accreditations; grants; program approvals, evaluations, and reviews

Category 3: Information requests to meet individual faculty or staff needs, such as specialized research, conference presentations, etc.

Category 4: General interest requests (“good to know”) not tied to particular university goals or initiatives; may include ad hoc requests from external entities not affiliated with the university

In general, IR is not able to respond to requests from students or to assist with class projects.

Implementing the IR Strategic Plan

The IR Office will develop annual work plans to work toward achieving the goals of the strategic plan. This will enable IR to understand annual and longer-term University plans and priorities and contribute to them in a proactive way. The IR Office will review progress on our goals at least twice annually and report on the progress annually.