Introduction to Institutional Research
Taught by Dr. Jacqueline Honda Ed.D.
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.
Course Units: 4
Weekly Workload: 12–16 hours (include internship 4 hours)
Basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative statistics, research design and methodology, and proficient scientific writing skills are recommended.
Recommended Hardware and Software
You do not need a microphone or camera, just a laptop or desktop with internet capability. Weekly assignments are posted on Moodle (a course management system) and lectures are posted via private URL’s on YouTube.
Course Learning Outcomes
- Incorporate concepts, methodologies, and research practices that support data driven decision making on a college campus.
- Understand the diversity of the IR office, including typical IR functions and contributions to the college campus, including assessing Student Learning Outcomes.
- Become familiar with course, student, and faculty data and data analysis, assessment, and evaluation methodology in IR.
- Explore typical IR research, including research priorities, the research calendar and agenda.
- Become familiar with typical IR reporting such as the Common Data Set, IPEDS, Princeton Review, VSA, and more.
- Utilize software such as MS Excel Pivot Tables, IBM SPSS, SAS, R, ATLAS.ti, and Tableau to support data analysis.
- Utilize software such as MS Products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google Drive (Docs, Spreadsheet, and Presentation) to write, publish, and present data.
Course Format – Typical Week
- Weekly assignments and materials will become visible on the Friday before the course week.
- Readings and lecture videos should be completed by Tuesday morning, since students’ first discussion post is due by 11:59pm on Tuesday night.
- Students will then respond to peer discussion posts by 11:59pm on Friday night.
- Students will have two additional types of activities per week: (1) Learning Objective Assignments – A project or paper to support learning objectives for the week, (2) Intern Project – The internship will have ongoing projects that will have varying deadlines.