Welcome to Institutional Research, Effectiveness, and Planning

Our mission is to enhance University effectiveness with information and research to support planning and budgeting, assessment, accreditation, policy formation, and decision making.

Basic functions of the Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness, & Planning

1. Data Collection and Management:  We collect, preserve, edit, analyze, and interpret significant and meaningful information.  We are charged with the development and maintenance of an integrated database that incorporates University data from multiple sources, including a campus-wide electronic database, surveys of students, faculty and staff information, and national databases.

2. Data Restructure and Reporting:  We are responsible for the design and production of routine and ad hoc reports for internal constituencies, as well as for federal, state, CSU system and external agencies.  By using appropriate statistical and deterministic procedures, we generate sophisticated reports to meet the various needs of the campus community.

3. Special Research and Policy Analyses:  We design and conduct special research and policy analyses to support planning, budgeting, assessment and accreditation.  The results of our research expand the understanding of the university, identify the problems, enhance a data driven culture and stimulate changes within the University.

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Our web site includes the following sections:

Data Center
The Data Center houses aggregate census data that OIR collects and assembles throughout the year, which includes the following: University Dashboard, Quick Facts, University Fact Book, Departmental Fact Book, Student data (Special Reports), Faculty data (Special Reports), and the Common Data Set.  Additionally, there are five years worth of historical data available within the Fact Books, as well as data by term in the Special Reports.

Assessment
This section includes Accreditation and Assessment.  The first segment contains historical reports associated with WASC accreditation as well as a link to the current WASC website.  The second part displays annual assessment reports for Learning Communities, Freshman Seminar and Equity Programs.  Links to the newly developed website for the College Portrait for Accountability have also been included within this section.

Survey Reports
The following surveys can be found here:  The Entering Student Survey, The Graduating Student Survey, National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), Campus Climate Survey, alumni surveys, Community Outreach survey, Housing Survey, and the Faculty Survey.

Research Projects
All Research projects can be found in this section.  It consists of three sub-sections: Policy Studies, Graduation Initiatives and  Student Curricular Activities and Advising.  The majority of the research  papers have been presented at the California Association for Institutional Research conferences and at the National Association for Institutional Research conferences.

Retention and Graduation
This section provides  tracking information for retention and  graduation at the department, college and  university levels. All information has also been broken down by racial/ethnic group and  gender.  In addition, all special  studies concerning retention and graduation are located here as well.  This section was designed in  consideration of the unique needs of the Retention Task Force and CSU Graduation Initiatives.