About Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness

The role of institutional research (IR) in higher education is to serve as a central source of official institutional data to support planning and decision-making across the college. At Wofford, the Director of Institutional Research reports to the Dean of Institutional Effectiveness (IE). The IR/IE team collaborates with faculty to assess student learning and achievement.

Goals of IR

The primary goals of the Office of Institutional Research are to ensure that Wofford College is:

1. Informed. The Office of Institutional Research conducts, manages, and supports the accurate and timely collection and dissemination of actionable information across a broad range of reporting, research, and decision-support activities.

2. Effective. The IR/IE team supports efforts to evaluate operational effectiveness and assess student learning. They assist stakeholders – faculty, staff, students, or administration – in obtaining information to promote student achievement and institutional quality.

3. Accountable. The Office of Institutional Research promotes stewardship of institutional data within the larger efforts of college-wide data governance. The IR/IE team also oversees compliance with standards set by Wofford's regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools - Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).