Office of Institutional Research and Assessment
Office of Student Success, Assessment and Research (Star)
The Office of Student Success, Assessment and Research is responsible for carrying out overall assessment and providing information for improvement, planning and decision-making at the college. These responsibilities are performed by conducting institutional research, basic skills testing, and student assessment; evaluating college programs; monitoring personnel efficiency; disseminating information throughout the college, university and state; and serving as a general data warehouse. The Office develops and produces various semester and annual reports and publications, including various informational monographs. Another major responsibility given to the Office of Student Success, Assessment and Research is to work with the various departments to assess student performance and goals, and prepare for departmental reviews.
The office is comprised of two primary units:
- The Office of Associate Provost
- Institutional Research and Assessment
In addition to general area oversight, the Associate Provost evaluates the results of various college research efforts, and aids in institutional planning based on assessment as well as the effective allocation of resources on the divisional, college, departmental, and unit levels. The office further evaluates administrative and faculty efficiency, creates and administers surveys at various points of the student experience, and conducts college-wide assessment of student academic preparedness and student learning outcomes. The office seeks to study institutional effectiveness in meeting stated purposes and use the results to improve university programs, services, and facilities.
The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IRA) is responsible for carrying out overall institutional research and assessment, and providing information for institutional improvement, planning and decision-making at the College.
The research responsibilities for this office include statistical analyses of student enrollment trend data, research on student retention, performance and graduation, evaluation of college effectiveness, preparing student profiles and outcomes for departments and programs, providing outside constituents with statistical data, and the publication of the annual College Snapshot.
The assessment responsibilities for this office include the creation and administration of in-house student surveys and the coordination of national and commercial surveys at various points of the student experience. The Office also assists academic programs in assessing student performance and goals as required for the preparation of departmental reviews.