The Citadel

The Military College of South Carolina

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What is IR?

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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".[1] 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:

dog_paw Serving as a comprehensive source of information about The Citadel

dog_paw Providing data for institutional decision making and to support the College's strategic planning, assessment and accreditation processes

dog_paw Collecting, analyzing and submitting state, federal, and other governing body academic reporting

dog_paw Providing data to external audiences for Citadel inclusion in college guides, salary studies and other information requests

dog_paw Developing and analyzing internal surveys of faculty, staff, students and alumni as well as the Institution's course evaluations of instruction

dog_paw Administering The Citadel's Operational Data Store, Enterprise Data Warehouse and Cognos Reporting Tool

dog_paw Administering The Citadel's Early Alert System and conducting training in using the System

dog_paw Conducting training and workshops for Citadel personnel to assist their efforts in data extraction and report writing

dog_paw Maintaining an informative web site with College data and publishing an Annual Fact Book

dog_paw Maintaining memberships in advisory committees at both the state and institution level as well as professional memberships

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