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The Office of Institutional Research is managed by the assistant vice president of Planning and Advancement who has the additional title of director of institutional research. This office is responsible for research and statistical analysis in support of the management decision-making process, submission of state and federal statistical reports, coordinating electronic database changes, and database quality control.  Ongoing studies and analysis include information for state (Higher Education Policy Commission), regional (Southern Regional Education Board), and federal (U. S. Department of Education) reports.  Additionally, Institutional Research responds to external and internal information requests and is responsible for approving any survey research conducted in the name of the University.  The office also advises faculty and staff on the conduct of survey research, i.e. survey design, sampling, analysis, and costs.

The Office of Institutional Research has conducted and published a number of studies, to include The Impact of West Virginia State University on the Kanawha Valley: A Case Study of the Benefits of Higher Education, West Virginia State University Enrollment Trends, and How West Virginia State University Compares. The office publishes the annual West Virginia State University Fact Book which is a comprehensive compilation of University statistics. This document is available on this webpage. The Oracle, a quarterly institutional research newsletter for managers, is also published. The West Virginia State University Guide to Information Management is published every few years. This document describes institutional data collection processes and how faculty and staff can access information. In Brief, a pocket size publication containing basic institutional information, is published every semester.

Pamela S. Anderson, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Planning and Advancement
and Director of Institutional Research
West Virginia State University - East Hall
P. O. Box 1000
Institute, WV 25112
sturmps@wvstateu.edu

September 2008

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