Each year, the Office of Institutional Research and
Planning (OIRP) prepares profiles of instructional programs and departments
that include data on students, faculty, curriculum, and budget and finance.
Programs and departments have access to these data through the Departmental
Profiles Web site, and may include narratives in addition to these data that
describe goals, objectives, and initiatives as they relate to the overall
university mission, vision, and priorities. The profiles provide a starting
point for planning and management dialogs between deans and department chairs
or program directors toward the achievement of unit goals and objectives,
program planning, and resource allocation.
Data included in the Departmental Profiles
correspond to those required in the University’s program review process and may
be used for this purpose when units comes up for review. Programs and
departments also may use information included in the profiles to respond to
specialized accreditation requirements, the preparation of grant proposals, or
program monitoring and planning. In addition, the Profiles allow deans to
review their units using common criteria. OIRP updates these data on a regular
basis and works with individual units to ensure accuracy.
A database of departmental work in the area of
assessment is a common element of the Departmental Profiles. Academic units
include assessment plans, measurement, findings, and reflections and update
these on a regular basis, according to their plans. The Center for Academic
Excellence supports programs and departments in the preparation and
interpretation of their assessment materials and works closely with OIRP to
ensure that materials are complete and up to date.