About Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment

Mission

The Planning and Institutional Research team supports the University’s planning, decision-making, policy analysis, and management decisions. It responds to requests from offices within the University, outside agencies, and other universities and generates annual reports showing trends and comparisons with other universities.

History

The Office of Planning and Institutional Research (PIR) was created in Fall 1983 in response to the President’s interest in producing a strategic plan for presentation to the Board of Trustees. A one-person institutional research office that reported to Academic Services in the Provost’s office was reorganized that year, and reporting relationships shifted to the then-Associate Vice President for Information Systems, Planning, and Institutional Research. The office became the contact for the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium between 1986 and 2009. In 1987 responsibility for the Testing and Evaluation Services was added and the office moved to the third floor of the Ungar Computing Center. Between 1996 and 2004, PIR had responsibility for the University’s central web site. In 2007, the Assistant Vice President of Planning and Institutional Research started reporting to the Provost of the University. In 2010, PIR merged with the Office of Accreditation and Assessment and was renamed as the Office of Planning, Institutional Research, and Assessment (PIRA).  In 2016, the Office of Accreditation and Assessment was again separated from the Office.