The Office of Institutional Research at Elmira College was re-established in December 2013 with the appointment of a full-time director reporting to the President. As a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Director works with all offices and constituencies of the College to advance decision-making and policy-making in areas such as strategic planning, budget allocation, enrollment planning, advancement, institutional effectiveness and assessment by collecting, analyzing, and reporting data. The Director works collaboratively with Information Technology to develop and utilize an institutional data warehouse to coordinate the distribution of accurate and consistent institutional data, including dashboard indicators for the College as a whole; individual core functional areas and a common data set; an institutional profile used to meet data requests from internal and external entities (i.e. CUPA, NACUBO, Princeton Review, US News & World Report, etc.). The Director is also responsible for ensuring compliance with federal (IPEDS), regional (MSCHE), and state (NYSED) reporting requirements.
The Office of Institutional Research helps to maintain a culture of assessment and evidence-based decision-making at the College and serves as a central location for the majority of the College’s data needs. The IR staff also develops and administers internal surveys as well as manages the administration of national survey instruments such as the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).