The Center for Institutional Evaluation, Research and Planning (CIERP) supports research-based planning and evaluation processes that are ongoing, integrated, and institution-wide.
Internally, the staff at CIERP comprise a network of professional colleagues with expertise across six functional areas. Professional staff contribute to the analyses and insights provided in any given inquiry, model, or report coming through our office, creating a truly interconnected and collaborative environment.
Data & Reporting - data validation and development of databases and interactive web tools that facilitate access to quality institutional data. Under the data and reporting function, CIERP is responsible for all state- and federally-mandated reports, ad hoc data requests, and national-level external surveys. CIERP staff also assist campus administrators, faculty, and staff with data requests needed for purposes such as accreditation reviews, grant proposals and evaluations.
Planning & Analytics - track and explore data for federal, state, and system accountability metrics and reports. As part of these activities, CIERP staff may develop models to support the generation and implementation of planning activities.
Evaluation & Surveys - evaluate efforts that advance institutional goals to support decision-making and continuous improvement. CIERP also coordinates and administers institutional surveys such as the New Student Survey and Graduating Senior Survey.
Methods - enhance the rigor, reliability, and validity of institutional research projects by analyzing research problems and determining appropriate and meaningful methods to answer research questions. CIERP team members collaborate in the planning, design, and analytical phases of various projects, and identify research designs and data pertinent to important institutional and educational policy issues with the aim of building a knowledge base of quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods.
Research & Communications - compile and analyze research, reports, and policy related to higher education, institutional research, and continuous improvement, and help develop publications and presentations to communicate complex information to multiple audiences.
Administration - oversee all aspects of the CIERP’s day-to-day functioning, including personnel, budget, purchasing, and monitoring timelines for state and federal reports and Center projects.