Courses

IR Certificate CoursesPSYC 550 — Intro­duc­tion to Insti­tu­tional Research

This course will give an overview of the field of insti­tu­tional research, plan­ning and assess­ment. It will intro­duce stu­dents to the con­cepts uti­lized in insti­tu­tional research and the types of data analy­sis per­formed by this entity. It will exam­ine IR func­tions such as data analy­sis, insti­tu­tional plan­ning, insti­tu­tional effec­tive­ness, assess­ment, inter­nal and exter­nal data requests as well as effec­tive meth­ods of data presentation.


data picturePSYC 551 — Applied Research in Insti­tu­tional Research

This course is designed to famil­iar­ize stu­dents with the research pro­ce­dures nec­es­sary for per­form­ing Insti­tu­tional Research. Stu­dents will be able to uti­lize quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive research meth­ods to ana­lyze insti­tu­tional data­bases and assess uni­ver­sity out­comes, such as reten­tion and degree com­ple­tion rates. Stu­dents will also under­stand what fac­tors influ­ence edu­ca­tional out­comes across diverse pop­u­la­tions in Cal­i­for­nia and, more broadly, across the coun­try. As a com­po­nent of this course and PSYC 552, stu­dents will receive hands-on expe­ri­ence by work­ing on a project in an IR office.


data imagePSYC 552 — Diver­sity Research in Insti­tu­tional Research

Designed to famil­iar­ize stu­dents with the research pro­ce­dures nec­es­sary to col­lect and ana­lyze pri­mary data in Insti­tu­tional Research, with Insti­tu­tional Review Board pro­ce­dures that are required when doing pri­mary research in a university/institutional set­ting and how to uti­lize quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive research meth­ods to cre­ate instru­ments nec­es­sary for the col­lec­tion of pri­mary data and to use sta­tis­ti­cal tools to ana­lyze it appropriately.