Institutional Research (IR) is a type of work completed in colleges and universities that is used to support decision-making and planning. IR involves a number of functional areas in higher education such as enrollment reporting, enrollment projections, retention, graduation, time-to-degree, student learning, student engagement, student satisfaction, instructional cost and productivity, faculty compensation, faculty and staff job satisfaction, faculty and staff turnover, campus climate, athletics, development, and space utilization. Institutional researchers typically initiate and evaluate a variety of surveys as well as analyze data from student, human resources, and financial information systems. IR supports institutional and unit strategic planning, budgeting, accreditation, program review, and accountability efforts. Successful institutional researchers must not only have excellent technical and analytical skills, but also knowledge of higher education management topics and a deep understanding of their institutions. IR is a dynamic and fast-paced field with strong demand for skilled professionals.
This program is offered face-to-face on the Muncie campus.
William E. Knight, PhD
Office of Institutional Effectiveness
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