About UND Office of Institutional Research(OIR)
The Office of Institutional Research serves as a resource to university decision makers by providing accurate, consistent, useful, timely, user-friendly, official data that can be used to assess the goals and objectives of the University of North Dakota.
Institutional Research Staff & Contact Information
Vision & Mission
The Office of Institutional Research strives to meet all of its responsibilities (pending resources and priorities) in a customer-oriented, expeditious manner by being proactive in operation.
The Office of Institutional Research serves as a resource to university decision makers by providing official and consistent data, in a timely manner, that can be used to assess the goals and objectives of the University of North Dakota.
In pursuit of this mission the office,
* collects, warehouses, analyzes, and disseminates data relevant to the needs of the campus,
* designs and conducts institutional research studies as needed for informed decision making,
* reports official institutional data to internal and external agencies,
* assists UND offices and individuals with institutional data gathering or with research-related projects,
* provides statistical and/or research consultation to help ensure that the data is used and interpreted correctly,
* keeps current about best research practices, IR technology, and trends on higher education.
The Office collects, validates, and warehouses data for the purpose of responding to the many data requests from on-and off-campus constituents. IR produces routine, longitudinal comparisons, and ad-hoc data requests on topics of enrollment, retention, degree completion, productivity, peer comparisons, and other areas of data support for data-informed decision making. The Office provides support for assessment, program reviews, enrollment management, institutional grant applications, accreditations, and strategic planning. IR provides data to accreditation bodies such as The Higher Learning Commission, to external publishers such as Princeton Review, US News and World Report, to organizations such as the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange, American Association of University Professors, and Oklahoma Faculty Salary Survey, and data support for various required report for the US Department of Education's IPEDS reporting. The Office produces and disseminates the University Student Assessment of Teaching (USAT) instructor reports as well as administers several institutional surveys each year and reports detailed, trend analysis on the findings. IR provides a supportive role to the NDUS system-level institutional research office.
Office of Institutional Research
University of North Dakota
History of Unit
1971 – current
Carmen Williams, Director of IR, March 7, 2007
The Office of Institutional Research was formed in 1971, reporting to Dr. W. E. Koenker, Vice President of Academic Affairs. The purpose of the office was to support University planning and to provide comprehensive information regarding the institution. Mr. Ralph Kingsbury was the very first full-time Institutional Research staff member. Reports such as Hegis (a faculty salary survey), now called IPEDS, were done through the office. Many of the calculations and data reporting at this time were done manually and without the aid of much technology. Mr. Kingsbury was in the IR office, as Director, until December 1974. He was succeeded by Ms. Mary Martin. Ms. Martin held the IR position for several years beginning in 1975.
Following Ms. Martin, Mr. Richard Balsley was the Director from early 1981 through November 1994. At this time computer technology was changing quite rapidly. All of the data-crunching that the office did became more and more efficient with the ever-increasing technology-improved computers. Reports, often taking up reams of paper, were laboriously sorted through and distributed.
After Mr. Balsley left in 1994, the office was re-organized on July 1, 1995, as Institutional Analysis (IA), under the direction of Mr. Dean Schieve. Mr. Schieve was also the first involved with directing the Enrollment Management area.
Ms. Carmen Williams, along with three staff members, moved into the office space in Twamley 403 on July 1, 2000. At this time the office was a function under the Registrar’s Office – Data Collections and Reporting. The office was later renamed Institutional Research in late 2002. August 2006 the IR Office was again re-aligned under the Vice President of Academic Affairs, reporting to Provost and VPAA Dr. Greg Weisenstein.
Today, although the functions and responsibilities are much the same as when the office was first organized, we have computer capabilities that are hundreds of times faster along with the flexibility to produce various outputs from just a quick change in our computer programs. Coming into our office, you’ll see we each have dual 19” flat-screen monitors on our desktops. Our files are now arranged electronically on our shared server space. We have multi-gig desktop computers that compile large (thousands of records) data files in seconds. We have numerous computer reports and survey analyses available via the web – opened to the campus community and the world. Instead of supplying data via paper, the vast majority of our data requests are electronic feeds. In turn, we also have immediate access to hundreds of national data files that allow the flexibility to collect comparative statistics. Computer functions today allow us to quickly create files, map data, point and click our way through tables, and easily create and manipulate graphs – all at our desktop.
Location & Parking
Location - UND Office of Institutional Research is located in room 114 Twamley Hall, 264 Centennial Drive STOP 7106
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7106
Parking - Parking is located directly adjacent to the building.