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Institutional Analysis

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The Office of Institutional Analysis (OIA) has the primary institutional responsibility for the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative information on the institution, its students, its faculty, its programs, its publics, its practices and its services. The office provides analytic support for the planning, evaluation and policy initiatives of the Provost and senior leadership and acts as the institution's reporting agent.

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  • AAC&U - Association of American Colleges and Universities - is the leading national association concerned with the quality, vitality, and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Its members are committed to extending the advantages of a liberal education to all students, regardless of academic specialization or intended career. Founded in 1915, AAC&U now comprises more than 1,250 member institutions—including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, and universities of every type and size.
  • AAU - Association of American Universities - The Association of American Universities is a nonprofit association of 59 U.S. and two Canadian preeminent public and private research universities.  Founded in 1900, AAU focuses on national and institutional issues that are important to research-intensive universities, including funding for research, research and education policy, and graduate and undergraduate education.
  • AAUDE - Association of American Universities Data Exchange - The Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) is a public service organization whose purpose is to improve the quality and usability of information about higher education. Our membership is comprised of AAU institutions that support this purpose and participate in the exchange of data/information to support decision-making at their institution.
  • AIR - Association for Institutional Research - The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is the world's largest professional organization for institutional researchers. AIR provides educational resources, best practices, and professional-development opportunities for its more than 4,000 members.
  • AIR - Internet Resources for Institutional Research - With over 2200 links to external IR Web pages, IR Resources is one of the most comprehensive sites on the Internet for IR professionals seeking information across the spectrum of IR concerns.
  • AIRPO - Association for Institutional Research and Planning Officers - is a New York State regional organization affiliated with the State University of New York System [SUNY], City University of New York System [CUNY], the North East Association for Institutional Research [NEAIR], and the Association for Institutional Research [AIR].
  • ARL - Association of Research Libraries - ARL is a nonprofit organization of 126 research libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements.
  • Campus Technology - An on-line journal providing in-depth coverage on the technologies and implementations influencing colleges and universities across the nation.
  • Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education - The Carnegie Classification™ has been the leading framework for recognizing and describing institutional diversity in U.S. higher education for the past four decades. Starting in 1970, the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education developed a classification of colleges and universities to support its program of research and policy analysis. Derived from empirical data on colleges and universities, the Carnegie Classification was originally published in 1973, and subsequently updated in 1976, 1987, 1994, 2000, 2005, and 2010 to reflect changes among colleges and universities. This framework has been widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.
  • CDS - Common Data Set initiative is a collaborative effort among higher education data providers to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided across institutions through the development of clear, standard data items and definitions. Data definitions, answers to frequently asked questions, links to related information and contextual background are provided
  • Center for Measuring University Performance - The Center for Measuring University Performance (MUP) is a research enterprise focused on the competitive national context for major research universities. The MUP work relies heavily on the initiative and insight of its advisory board and draws on the insight and recommendations of many colleagues throughout the country who contribute data, information, and perspective.
  • Chronicle of Higher Education - Journal for news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. Full Text articles are available to UB committee from the UBLibrary.
  • CIP Code - Classification of Instructional Program - A six-digit code in the form xx.xxxx that identifies instructional program specialties within educational institutions.
  • CIO Magazine - Provides technology and business leaders with insight and analysis on information technology trends.
  • ComputerWorld - Online magazine
  • EDUCause - nonprofit association and the foremost community of IT leaders and professionals committed to advancing higher education. Offering a wide array of publications and along with on online magazine EDUCAUSE REVIEW and specialized research reports from Gartner, Inc., a leading independent research and advisory company. 
  • Higher Education Data Warehousing Forum - a network of higher education colleagues dedicated to promoting the sharing of knowledge and best practices regarding knowledge management in colleges and universities, including building data warehouses, developing institutional reporting strategies, and providing decision support.
  • Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment - NC State maintains a listing of Assessment resources
  • IPEDS - Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System - The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) has established the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as its core postsecondary education data collection program. It is a single, comprehensive system that encompasses all identified institutions whose primary purpose is to provide postsecondary education. IPEDS consists of institution-level data that can be used to describe trends in postsecondary education at the institution, state and/or national levels. IPEDS Training - The online tutorials below provide overviews and guidance for completing the IPEDS surveys as well as the IPEDS Data Tools to extract data and perform benchmark comparisons.
  • National Association of College and University Business Officers - A membership organization representing more than 2,500 colleges, universities, and higher education service providers NACUBO specifically represents chief business and financial officers through advocacy efforts, community service, and professional development activities. The association's mission is to advance the economic viability and business practices of higher education institutions in fulfillment of their academic missions.
  • North East Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) -  NEAIR is an individual membership driven organization that promotes institutional effectiveness in postsecondary education through excellence in the field of institutional research. As such, NEAIR focuses on facilitating the professional development of its members while promoting best practice and ensuring integrity in institutional research.
  • NSF NIH Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering - Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering. The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…". NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
  • NSF WebCASPAR: Research Database - The WebCASPAR database provides easy access to a large body of statistical data resources for science and engineering (S&E) at U.S. academic institutions. WebCASPAR emphasizes S&E, but its data resources also provide information on non-S&E fields and higher education in general.
  • SUNY Business Intelligence Intelligence Initiative (SBII) - Integrates administrative and academic data into an accurate, consistent, and reliable information resource and to do support planning, forecasting, and decision-making processes at campuses and System Administration. Support is through the SUNY Confluence system.