Institutional Research and Assessment Activity

Over the past few days I have developed a few visuals to help communicate exactly what we do for the USAO community. Thought these tables weren’t originally developed for this blog, I realized they might be informational after I finished distributing them to the original audience. So, I have tweaked them a bit for use in this blog.

The first table focuses on the activities of the Office of Institutional Research (me). Specifically, this table organizes each of the 24 compulsory reports for which I am responsible over the course of any given year.  It wasn’t until I built this thing, that I realized just how many of these reports we put out, each and every one of them critically important for a variety of reasons.

Some of these, like any report sent to IPDES or OSRHE, literally help keep the doors open. Missing any of these would make us non-compliant with the agencies that oversee the university as a whole- I don’t want to think about what would happen if we missed any of these (other than your friendly neighborhood IR person having to look for a new line of work).

Others are less critical on first glance, like reports submitted to US News and World Report and other media outlets. However, these places reach hoards of readers and help let people know about one of Oklahoma’s best kept secrets. Additionally, as media outlets they are entitled to public information.

The final batch of reports fulfill our obligations to various data-sharing consortia like COPLAC and CSRDE. These consortia are groups of universities with similar goals or concerns and we have banded together to more easily share vital information with each other. We are obliged to provide our information in the sense that we have volunteered to provide it in exchange for theirs.


The second table summarizes all the different assessments and measures administered by the Office of Assessment. Most of these are heroically supervised by Daniel Pool and his small legion of work-study students. I occasionally help with those that require extensive data-wrangling or access to our student information databases. A few of these might not look familiar to anyone- that’s because they are new, or under development and will be deployed later this year.


If any of our readers have any questions about these, or simply would like to know more, please let us know (comment or email are equally fine). I would be happy to entertain you with more details!

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