Research and Assessment (IRA) is by definition and purpose, a form of
applied social and evaluative research, that also serves as the primary
coordinator and monitor for all external reporting. Office staff
collects and verify all information and review all reports submitted to
state, federal and other external sources. The office also provides data
and information to the central administration when necessary or
requested that may be useful as they engage in decision making or
strategic planning. Additionally, IRA supplies data and information from
internal and external sources, integrating the quantitative and
qualitative aspects to and for both internal and external requests.
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, when required or
requested, assists with assessing the extent to which academic and
support programs contribute to the attainment of the mission and
long-range goals of the university. The office also serves to enhance
institutional effectiveness with information to support operations
management, decision making, and planning processes of individual units
and executive administration. The cataloging of assessment processes
will be ongoing for the overall evaluation of the university at large
and individual units, when applicable, to assist the university and
units in improving their assessment process. Finally, the activity will
continue with the process of networking the IRA office with the
university’s central database to enhance access to and accuracy of data
and information for reporting and decision making processes.
office will increase its capacity relative to becoming the clearinghouse
and analysis center of institutional data for the central
administration and university community. The long term objective is for
the office to serve as a primary information source for the central
administration as it engages in decision making and strategic planning.
The office will increase levels of cataloging and assistance in
assessment processes by providing necessary documentation to enable the
university and units therein to more effectively and efficiently utilize
resources and deliver services.