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.
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.
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.