PSYC 550 – Introduction to Institutional Research

Introduction to Institutional Research
Taught by Jacqueline Honda Ed.D.

This course will give an overview of the field of institutional research, planning and assessment. It will introduce students to the concepts utilized in institutional research and the types of data analysis performed by this entity. It will examine IR functions such as data analysis, institutional planning, institutional effectiveness, assessment, internal and external data requests as well as effective methods of data presentation.

Course Units: 4
Weekly Workload: 9-12 hours on coursework and 4 hours on the internship

Recommended Background
Basic knowledge of quantitative and qualitative statistics, research design and methodology, and proficient scientific writing skills are recommended.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Incorporate concepts, methodologies, and research practices that support data driven decision making on a college campus.
  2. Understand the diversity of the IR office, including typical IR functions and contributions to the college campus, including assessing Student Learning Outcomes.
  3. Become familiar with course, student, and faculty data and data analysis, assessment, and evaluation methodology in IR.
  4. Explore typical IR research, including research priorities, the research calendar and agenda.
  5. Become familiar with typical IR reporting such as the Common Data Set, IPEDS, Princeton Review, VSA, and more.
  6. Utilize software such as MS Excel Pivot Tables, IBM SPSS, SAS, R, ATLAS.ti, and Tableau to support data analysis.
  7. Utilize software such as MS Products (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google Drive (Docs, Spreadsheet, and Presentation) to write, publish, and present data.

Course Format – Typical Week

  1. This course consists of 16 weekly modules. The course week typically begins on Sunday and ends on Saturday. Weekly modules become visible on the Friday before the course week.
  2. Readings and lecture videos should be completed by Thursday morning, since students’ first discussion post is due by 11:59pm on Thursday night.
  3. Students will then respond to peer discussion posts by 11:59pm on Saturday night.
  4. Students will have up to three additional activities per week: (1) Learning Objective Assignment – A project or paper to support learning objectives for the week, (2) Pithy Paper – A concise 1-2 page paper on a specific topic with thought provoking questions to ensure concept mastery, (3) Reflective Blog – A public blog for students to reflect on their experience in the course.
  5. The internship will have ongoing projects that will have varying deadlines.