Institutional Research

Western’s Office of Institutional Research (OIR) supports institutional planning, policy formulation, and decision making through the development and dissemination of accurate and timely data, reports, and analysis. The OIR is committed to providing support and expertise for the evaluation and support of assessment activities and data analysis to administrative and academic departments to inform and assist institutional decision-making and planning throughout the university.

The OIR provides analysis and reporting on student characteristics and academic performance, retention and persistence, accountability, classroom utilization, access issues, program evaluation, and support for Western's student data warehouse. Also the OIR produces extensive quarterly reporting on student enrollment, credit hour production, and FTE faculty.

The goals of the OIR are to:

  • Provide, improve, and enhance information-related services to the university;
  • Assist university administrators in assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of the university by providing support for planning, policy level decision making, and other committees or departments in their planning and evaluation activities; and
  • Assist in the establishment of a program to improve the quality and timely submission of external reports especially to Washington’s Higher Education Coordinating Board (HECB) and legislative committees, and Washington’s Office of Financial Management (OFM).

To achieve these goals and carry out its mission, the OIR conducts a wide range of institutional research to support and foster efficient campus planning and administration. OIR provides analytical and informational services, creates models and develops analytical tools to integrate the campus' various planning efforts, provides leadership and guidance in assuring the quality, accuracy, and commonality of campus data collection. OIR reports and disseminates a consistent set of data to members of the campus community and the public in accordance with established procedures and in response to special requests.

What's New in IR:

Institutional Research now has information about connecting to BI Query (the front end of the university's data warehouse) on our site here. Institutional Research staff members also hold regular drop-in Q&A sessions on campus and are happy to schedule one on one trainings as well. Please contact the office if you would like more information.

Looking for data on Western Washington University? New this Fall check out our Data Tutorial Videos. These six short videos go over sources of data available to the general public as well as data for faculty and staff.

Page Updated 10.21.2015