Services provided by our office

Belows are services provided by the office related to Institutional Research

Planning

PIRA’s planning activities include tracking key metrics over time, comparing UM performance with that of peer universities, and producing five-year enrollment projections for the University.

Institutional Research

The office engages in a wide range of institutional research and assessment activities as part of its mission to support planning, policy analysis, institutional management, and assessment by analyzing student, faculty, and other data to address issues related to a wide range of topics. PIRA publishes a pocket-size Fact Finder each fall summarizing key statistics about the institution; in addition, the office produces a more comprehensive Fact Book, available in the fall, spring, and summer, that includes five-year trends and data by school, college, and department. The office also prepares a series of reports relating to admissions credentials, financial aid, enrollments, grades, degrees, retention, graduation rates, teaching loads, class size, faculty, and employees. It sends a Fact File for each school and college and a series of reports to graduate programs to assist them in “cleaning” and analyzing their official data. PIRA responds each year to hundreds of other requests for data from outside agencies, the media, the Board of Trustees, the Provost’s office, vice presidents and deans, the Faculty Senate, departments, and faculty members.

Analysis of Peer Data

Data relating to the University are routinely compared with data from other private universities and/or research universities. In addition, survey responses from entering students, enrolled students, graduating seniors, and alumni at the University of Miami are compared with those students at other private universities and/or research universities.

External Reporting

The office provides data for the Department of Education (IPEDS), State (ICUF) reporting, the NCAA, professional organizations, and various college guides, including U.S. News and World Report. The office also prepares a Common Data Set report to provide data for a number of these outside surveys.

Databases

The office maintains databases dealing with enrollments, courses, class size, grades, course and curriculum, degrees, retention and graduation rates, admissions, housing, financial aid, athletes, faculty, employees, and teaching loads, all based on the official benchmark data from the University’s information systems. PIRA works very closely with data custodians for each of these systems, producing a series of weekly “data management reports” to increase the quality of the data at benchmark.

Surveys and Focus Group

Data from official university databases are supplemented by surveys and focus groups. Undergraduates are surveyed throughout their career: at admission, while enrolled, when withdrawing or graduating, and as alumni, and faculty and staff are also surveyed regularly. The office conducts focus groups of students, faculty, and staff dealing with a variety of issues (e.g., student life, housing, technology, and school/college issues).

Professional Associations

The office maintains professional contacts with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR—the Associate Provost has served as AIR’s president), the Southern Association for Institutional Research (the Associate Provost is a past president), the Colonial Group (the Associate Provost has served as the convener), and the Society for College and University Planning. The Associate Provost has also served on the steering committee of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Education, and has chaired three working groups for NPEC and three technical review panels for the National Center for Education Statistics and has served as a member of numerous others.