About Institutional Research
What is Institutional Research at WPI?
The Office of Institutional Research collects, analyzes, and disseminates data about WPI. Along with ensuring that we have uniform and consistent statistical information for official reporting, IR provides support for WPI's planning and assessment.
Institutional Research's "data of record" statistics make it the primary source for WPI employees who are responding to external requests such as surveys, and are preparing internal reports that need statistical information. The office seeks to provide the official numbers for the institution by gathering its information and analyzing its data using the standardized definitions as a matter of policy. Our goal is to make the statistical information on the Web site available to all faculty and staff at WPI. The site is intended as the authoritative source for data-supported decision-making on a broader level and to make the office's resources better known to the University community.
The Association for Institutional Research has created a short wiki that provides some context about constitutes institutional research: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Institutional_research