Institutional Research has broad responsibility for data collection and dissemination; maintaining three of the University’s major information systems: the Student Data File, the Automated Degree File, and the Course and Section Analysis File, and in collecting additional campus information on everything from continuing education and faculty, to libraries and alumni.
Institutional Research administers one of the largest survey programs in higher education; SUNY’s Student Opinion Survey is given to 75,000 undergraduate students every three years. The information collected by Institutional Research is used to support System planning and processes, including enrollment planning, Mission Review, budget allocation, teacher education, SUNY’s Master Plan, and campus assessment. Coordinating with campuses, the office fulfills the mandatory reporting requirements of the National Center for Education Statistics and the State Department of Education. Institutional Research responds to hundreds of ad hoc requests concerning SUNY from national associations, accrediting agencies, other colleges and universities, the media and the general public.
The office also performs special analytical studies at the request of the Chancellor, the Provost and other System offices concerning new academic planning and policy initiatives, and in assessing outcomes of ongoing initiatives.