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Office of Institutional Research
301 Computer Services Center, Ohio University
Athens, OH  45701-2979
Phone: 740-593-1059   Fax: 740-593-0574

The fundamental mission of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is to provide central information and analytical support for university planning, management, and assessment activities to help Ohio University fulfill its mission. In this capacity, OIR assumes primary responsibility for analyzing and interpreting data about the performance of the university; analyzing and interpreting data about the environment of the university; transforming data into information that supports university planning, policy making, decision making, and assessment; and communicating institutional information to the University community. OIR serves the academic affairs and other functions of the University.

OIR reports to the Office of the Provost. OIR is the University office most identified with collecting, analyzing, and reporting institutional data pertaining to students, faculty and staff, academic programs, and physical space. OIR prepares institutional studies in such areas as academic assessment, student enrollment, retention and graduation, faculty salary and staffing, and comparative studies using peer institutions. As an authoritative source of accurate and reliable data about the University, OIR has primary responsibility for representing Ohio University to the Ohio Board of Regents in the following data areas: student enrollment (for calculation and distribution of state subsidy revenues), staffing, physical space, and academic programs.

The Office of Institutional Research conducts studies and gathers information for specific ad hoc questions. The staff have ready access to campus-wide student and employee data systems, and they maintain historical data for quick recall and turnaround. Ad hoc information is prepared for institutional questionnaires, specialized accreditation reviews, and decision support.

Institutional Research collects data from comparative state and national sources, such as American College Testing, the American Council on Education, the Ohio Board of Regents Higher Education Information (HEI), and the National Center for Education Statistics. Comparative institutional information is obtained through participation in national and regional cost studies, American Association of University Professors and College and University Personnel Association salary studies, and retention and graduation rate studies.

The Office of Institutional Research has a versatile staff, trained in computer programming, statistical analysis, survey design, data management, and information presentation. They are capable of providing the university with regular management and planning information and ad hoc information.

 

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