What is IR?
The answers to the question, "What is Institutional Research?" (or IR as it is more affectionately known), are as diverse as each college and university. The roles and responsibilities of Institutional Research differ for every institution, depending on the needs of the institution.
Broadly, institutional research is "research conducted within an institution of higher education to provide information which supports institutional planning, policy formation and decision making". Research activities include the collection, analysis and interpretation of institutional data to promote institutional effectiveness in all areas of the institution.
At The Citadel, the Office of Institutional Research has the following responsibilities:
Serving as a comprehensive source of information about The Citadel
Providing data for institutional decision making and to support the College's strategic planning, assessment and accreditation processes
Collecting, analyzing and submitting state, federal, and other governing body academic reporting
Providing data to external audiences for Citadel inclusion in college guides, salary studies and other information requests
Developing and analyzing internal surveys of faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as the Institution's course evaluations of instruction
Administering The Citadel's Operational Data Store, Enterprise Data Warehouse and Cognos Reporting Tool
Administering The Citadel's Early Alert System and conducting training in using the System
Conducting training and workshops for Citadel personnel to assist their efforts in data extraction and report writing
Maintaining an informative web site with College data and publishing an Annual Fact Book
Maintaining memberships in advisory committees at both the state and institution level as well as professional memberships