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:
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
Information: Several tables of information that compare
JMU with our peers have been added. These include information
about graduation rates, finances, costs, etc.
program reviews, annual reports, and 2000-01 goals and
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
Go to the bottom of the page for the link.
July 2001, Enrollment Projections At JMU
Vol. 15, No 3
2001, Faculty Salaries of JMU's Peer Group, 2000-01
Vol. 15, No 4
November 2001, Fall 2001 On-Campus Enrollment Summary
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. Departments
have the ability to search for space assigned to them.
Last year a focused program
review of OIR's data management capabilities was conducted. Led by Dr. Robert Brookshire, the primary objective
was 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
was completed in December.
SCHEV Research Data
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) now
provides access to
historical data on Virginia's public institutions.
Chuck DeHart, who has worked
in OIR since 1995, has been promoted to the Assistant Director.
Chuck has done an excellent job with our reporting requirements
and ensuring the accuracy of data. He will be assuming some
additional responsibilities in several areas. Congratulations
Annually OIR produces a Statistical Summary of
important information about JMU. In 1995-96 OIR placed its
first Statistical Summary on the web. The
2001-02 Statistical Summary is complete. Your comments and
suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Many changes to the
Statistical Summary have been made over the years in response to
December the Division of Institutional Effectiveness placed on the
JMU Portfolio. This is a portal for anyone who wants to review
data about the institution's effectiveness. Sections include a
Profile of JMU (Mission Statement, Centennial Commission, Defining
Characteristics; Statistics and Summaries) and Evidence of JMU's
Effectiveness (Accreditation, Planning, Accomplishments, Annual
Reports, Performance Measures; Perception Surveys.).
has been written to summarize for the SACS Visiting Team the JMU
IE processes. This is a comprehensive summary of what has been
accomplished at JMU in institutional effectiveness (planning,
assessment, evaluation, use of results) since 1991..
to complete a survey with official JMU data? One very useful
source of these data is the Common Data Set, prepared annually by
OIR. The CDS is used by many national publications, including U.S.
News & World Report. Data included in the CDS: General
Information; Enrollment and Persistence; Undergraduate Admissions
; Transfer Admissions; Academic Offerings and Policies; Student
Life; Annual Expenses; Financial Aid; Instructional Faculty and
Class Size; Degrees Conferred; and Definitions.
Financing of Higher Education in Virginia: Analysis and Issues
OIR provides the majority of data for a report to the Board of
Visitors on financing higher education. It includes national,
regional, and state data on tuition and fees, state
appropriations, and expenditures. Very enlightening. The most
recent report was completed in March 2002.
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
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 Madison Media Lab for their excellent
The importance of collecting and reporting data about the
performance of higher education institutions has increased
dramatically in the last ten years. According to the
Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), at least 21
states require some type of annual accountability reports that
include performance measures. State governments, taxpayers,
students, and parents demand evidence that their funds are spent
efficiently and on the most important outcome--learning. If
defined well, performance measures may provide taxpayers,
students, and parents useful information upon which to make
informed decisions about college choice. Performance measures can
add rationality to the ways in which college choice and funding
decisions are made. The problem with most performance measures is
that they tend to focus on data which can easily be obtained:
graduation and retention rates; percent of dollars spent on
instruction, credit hours taught per faculty member, percentage of
class sections taught by full-time faculty, etc.. Seldom can one
find learning measures in lists of state-wide performance
measures. National ratings like
U.S. News & World Report focus on input measures and the
reputation of institutions as measures of institutional quality.
You may want to review a
about the U.S. News ratings.
Performance Measures In Virginia
In 1999 the Governor's Blue Ribbon Commission on Higher Education
recommended that the State Council of Higher Education for
Virginia (SCHEV) develop a means to report on the performance of
higher education at each public institution. SCHEV, in cooperation
with the institutions, developed
Reports of Institutional
Effectiveness (ROIE). Mandated by law, ROIE focuses on:
accessibility; affordability; quality; and efficiency.
ROIE measures consist of three sections on their Web site: profile
measures (descriptive statistics about the institution);
system-wide measures (fourteen measures of operational efficiency
and academic quality); and institution-specific measures (eleven
measures contributing special insights and context to the
understanding of the institution and what it values).
One of the major differences between JMU's institution-specific
measures and those of the other institutions is that JMU's
measures focus on learning.
JMU's learning measures include: Information-Seeking Skills Test; Basic
Technological Skills Test; Writing; American History and
Government; Critical Thinking Test ;Oral Communication Test;
Wellness and Human Development; Arts and Humanities; Quantitative
Reasoning Test; Natural World/Science Test; and Global Experience
JMU Performance Measures
JMU continues to collect and report on a variety of performance
measures through different media. The Center for Assessment and
Research Studies (CARS) provides learning outcome data for the ROIE.
The Office of Institutional Research collects
system-wide data for ROIE and other data for internal
monitoring, including a
quarterly report card of performance measures. The Division of
Institutional Effectiveness maintains a
Portfolio, a Web site that contains a profile of JMU and
evidences of JMU's effectiveness.
In summary, performance measures will be an important aspect of
the measurement of effectiveness of higher education for many years.
JMU, especially with its learning measures, is one of the leaders in
the collection and dissemination of performance measures.
The entire Research Notes can be accessed at