We serve the institutional research needs of Indiana University through three general activities:
Conducting institutional research studies to inform the entire university community on pertinent issues that impact higher education institutional planning, management, and operation.
Coordinating with IU campus institutional research staff and offices to promote the quality and consistency of work across campuses.
Developing information resources to broaden access to and effective use of institutional data for university- and campus-level strategic and tactical decision making.
One of the primary objectives of the Indiana University Institutional Research Council (IRC) is to promote and align the development of institutional research capacities across the campuses of Indiana University. Members of the IRC communicate regularly to ensure that institutional research at Indiana University is effective at all levels and supports both campus-specific and university-wide needs in a consistent way.
We assist with the development of university performance metrics, as guided by Indiana University’s president, to be accountable to the IU Board of Trustees, the people of Indiana, and a wide range of other stakeholders, including alumni, business and industry partners, current and prospective students, and research partners.
The primary reporting requirements of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) include the annual submission of “unit-record” data files on student profiles, credits, degrees conferred and financial aid.
The U.S. Department of Education, through the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), collects a wide range of data on enrollment, degree completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, financial aid, finances, outcomes measures, and academic libraries through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from every postsecondary institution in the United States. NCES uses the data to respond to congressional requests for information. They also make the data available back to institutions for benchmarking purposes.
Please note: Reports for the IU campuses are posted within the compliance report section of this Web site.