The mission of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is to provide data and analysis to support the management, planning, evaluation and assessment functions of the University. The office fulfills this mission in a variety of ways and serves a wide range of "consumers" of information, both internal and external to the University.
OIR has a university-wide approach to data collection, data reporting and data analysis. We are interested in both the whole of the University of Connecticut (including the Health Center for certain summary counts of students and staff) and all the parts comprising that whole. We are an unusual office in that regard; most offices restrict their concern and activity to issues and information directly affecting their offices.
The level of analysis and the timeliness of the response to data questions are largely dependent upon the sources and types of data available to us. We work with all types of data: raw data on individual records; aggregate raw data; data that must be transferred from one format to another, or from hand-calculated worksheets into computer spreadsheets; data that must be first collected or compiled from surveys or various printed sources and then put into a computerized format; data readily accessible through administrative disks; and data in computer files with unique formats, data dictionaries, and storage considerations. We typically use multiple sources of data, including non-computerized data, to answer questions.
We are primarily data users, data analysts, and data presenters. We do not view ourselves as data maintainers. However, in reality, we edit and maintain data that we perceive to be important to the University but which is not being edited or maintained by other administrative offices. Historically, we have been involved in such things as legislative bill tracking until an Office of Governmental Relations was created. We have been involved in space utilization studies until the responsibility was moved to the Office of Facilities. The individual staff data published in the University staff directory was handled in our office until Human Resources took over the task. We currently maintain data collection as well as reporting systems for; student ratings of faculty; opinions of college experiences by undergraduate alumni; academic progress tracking of student intercollegiate athletes; data to support the University budget-making process (including mission statements); University program measures for the State's Office Policy and Management and the Governor's Budget; University Program Assessment; Faculty and staff data reporting; and Student data analysis and reporting.
The Staff of OIR
Pamela J. Roelfs, EdD
Director of Institutional Research
Administrative Assistant/University Metrics
IPEDS and External Survey Coordinator/Webmaster/Student Data
Tara Latawic, PhD
Faculty and Staff Demographics
Digital Measures/Annual Reports to Provost
Kyung Im (Kim) Noh, PhD
Graduate School Reporting/VSA/Institutional Effectiveness Issues
Student Evaluation of Teaching System/Curriculum Evaluations
Frank Wunschel, MA
Student Data/Database Management/PeopleSoft