Primary Activities

Institutional Research is a practical, applied craft that provides information support to improve college decision-making.  It is at the center of administrative information collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation.

Clagett and Huntington, 2004

OIR is responsible for the development of information resources that support strategic planning, decision making and institutional effectiveness at STCC.


Compile, analyze, and report a broad range of institutional data for federal and state agencies in accordance with mandated schedules.  


Support, contribute, and monitor as appropriate, the strategic planning process by providing appropriate and necessary data and reports.


Conduct research to assess the expectations and satisfaction of students. Provide benchmarks and data to assess progress toward the institutional Key Performance Indicators (KPI). Provide information/reports to diverse constituents as needed. Support departmental strategic and operational plans with appropriate data. Provide comparisons with peer institutions, and monitor progress over time. Coordinate various feasibility and impact studies.

Assessment/ Program Review:

Support the teaching and learning mission by working with faculty, Academic Deans and the Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management Professionals.  Provide data collection, organization and presentation in support of outcomes assessment and academic program review.


Collect and maintain required institutional data for regional and professional accreditation. Assist in the preparation of accreditation documents and reports.

Craig A. Clagett and Robin B. Huntington, The Institutional Research Practitioner: A Guide to Effective Performance (Chicago: Red In. Publications), 2004