James Madison University

Office of Institutional Research

Volume 2, Issue 2
December 2001

About OIR

Mission Statement


Questions about OIR's activities can be directed to
Institutional Research.

Table of Contents

The OIR staff have been busy with several major projects this fall. Below are links to important additions to our Web site.

Statistical Summary

Annually OIR produces a Statistical Summary of important information about JMU. In 1995-96 OIR placed its first Statistical Summary on the web. Now, as information is collected and verified, we will place new pages on our web site. Several tables are already available in the 2001-02 Statistical Summary.

Examples of new tables include the following. Many additional tables are also on the Web site.

  • TABLE 2-1 Comparison of On-Campus Headcount Enrollment, Fall Semester, 1966-67 through 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-5 Comparison of On-Campus Headcount Enrollment by Academic Level and Full-Time/Part-Time Status, Fall Semester, 2000-01 and 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-7 On-Campus and Off-Campus Enrollment by Ethnicity, Fall 1999-00 through Fall 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-18 Comparison of Applications for Undergraduate Admission, Fall Semester, 1997-98 through 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-19 Mean SAT Scores of Entering Class, 1987-88 through 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-24 Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment by Session, 1980-81 through 2000-01
  • TABLE 2-25 Graduation Rates for Entering Class Students, Fall 1983-84 through Fall 1997-98
  • TABLE 2-26 Percent of Entering Class Students Returning After One, Two, and Three Years at JMU, Fall 1989-90 through Fall 2000-01
  • TABLE 2-27 Geographic Distribution of Non-Resident Aliens by Country and Academic Level, Fall 2001
  • TABLE 3-2 Total Degrees Conferred, 1986-87 through 2000-01
  • TABLE 3-3 Bachelor's Degrees Conferred by Major Field of Study and CIP Code, 1997-98 through 2000-01
  • TABLE 3-5 Graduate Degrees Conferred by Major Field of Study and CIP Code, 1997-98 through 2000-01
  • TABLE 3-6 Degrees Conferred 1909 through 2001
  • TABLE 3-9 On-Campus Undergraduate and Graduate Majors by College, CIP Code and Full-Time and Part-Time, Fall 2001

Recent Additions to OIR's and Institutional Effectiveness's Web Sites:

We have greatly updated the peer information on our web site, including the following:

AAUP Data: Data on average faculty salaries for JMU's peer group are displayed for 1992-93 to 2000-01. New data to appear in April 2002.

Peer Information: Several tables of information that compare JMU with our peers have been added. These include information about graduation rates, finances, costs, etc.

OIR's program reviews, annual reports, and 2000-01 goals and accomplishments.


Current Projects

JMU Planning Process

The Division of Institutional Effectiveness is coordinating the development of a web-based comprehensive planning database that  is ready for use. This system provides a single point of entry for all strategic and operational university goals and objectives. It can be used to display on the web unit, division, and university goals. It encourages collaboration in the development and reporting of goals and objectives throughout the university. It incorporates  the requirements by SACS for the integration of Mission, planning, evaluation and assessment, and use of results for program improvement. The module was developed by the Madison Media Lab. In 2001-02 development and maintenance of the Planning Database shifts to Information Technology. This was done to integrate the system with PeopleSoft and to prepare for significant enhancements in the next several years. Many thanks to the Media Lab for their excellent development work.

SACS Self-Study

OIR is very involved in supporting the SACS Self-Study. OIR provides a significant amount of data for the Self-Study as well as organizes and maintains the Self-Study online library catalog.

Study of JMU Faculty

OIR has been collecting data on faculty since 1986. A study was completed in the fall of 2001 on various trends in faculty employment, turnover, etc. You can view the study by clicking here. Go to the bottom of the page for the link.

Facilities Inventory and Utilization Reports

Each year OIR and Resource Planning submit to SCHEV a facilities inventory file of all space on campus. We currently have more than 12,000 unique spaces in the file. The inventory has been placed online so that space can be reviewed by building. Soon we will give departments the ability to search for space assigned to them.

OIR also creates a facilities utilization file for SCHEV. This file is used to calculate utilization statistics for the use of classrooms and regularly scheduled labs. The official utilization statistics were reported by SCHEV in July. JMU again exceeded SCHEV's requirements for use of classrooms and class labs.  These statistics are part of JMU's performance measures for SCHEV.

OIR Program Review

This spring a focused program review of OIR's data management capabilities is being conducted. Led by Dr. Robert Brookshire, the primary objective is to provide guidance to OIR about how to manage its large data files and eventually make them more accessible to the university community. The program review will be completed in December.

Research Notes

Fall  2001 On‑Campus Enrollment Summary

Annually the Office of Institutional Research produces a Research Notes on fall enrollment. This ongoing study summarizes for the campus recent trends in enrollment. The full Research Note can be accessed here. Below are the highlights.

  • On‑campus headcount enrollment increased to 15,152 in Fall 2001, up 191 students (1.3%) from 14,961 in Fall 2000. Since reaching 15,000, JMU’s enrollment has been intentionally stabilized and there has been practically no growth. Enrollment increases in each of the past two years at JMU have been negligible – around 1 percent a year to the current enrollment of 15,152. Projections for the future, approved recently by JMU's division heads, call for annual increases of less than 1 percent with a target of 15,400 in 2005.

  • Applications for admission as entering class students increased 4.0% to 14,114 in Fall 2001 from 13,573 in Fall 2000. Overall, the University accepted 9,080 (64.3%) of its applicants for the entering class, up from 8,712 (64.2%) in Fall 2000.

  • Mean SAT scores, using the current recentered values, for entering class students in Fall 2001 were 578 verbal, 585 math, and 1,163 composite.

  • Undergraduate males continue to decline on a percentage basis from 46.2% in 1994.  The  percentage of JMU undergraduate males decreased from 42.0% in Fall 2000 to 41.4% in Fall 2001.  Thirty-eight percent of entering freshmen were male, a decrease of one percent from Fall 2000.

  • Graduate enrollment increased from 609 in Fall 2000 to 651 in Fall 2001.

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