The Office of Institutional Research this summer, as part of the
reorganization that followed the retirement of Dr. Robert Scott,
VP for Institutional Effectiveness, became part of the Division of
Student Affairs, University Planning and Analysis. Planning and
Analysis, under the direction of Dr. Al Menard, is
responsible for implementing JMU's planning process and
institutional research and evaluation functions.
staff have been busy with several major projects this past spring
and summer. Below
are links to important additions to our Web site. Your
comments about the newsletter are
The Office of Institutional Research welcomes you to the JMU
family! OIR's mission is to assist the
university in the pursuit of its mission by dynamically and
efficiently supporting decision-making, accountability and
planning. Our major functions include: developing, collecting, and
communicating measures of institutional effectiveness;
providing management information and policy analysis;
promoting the university's planning process; and
compiling and reporting mandated information.
Your Students' Research: OIR is not equipped to help
students conduct their research on an ad hoc basis, but we have an
extensive web site where they can gather an enormous amount of
information about the university. We created our first Web-based
Statistical Summary in 1995-96, so there is a rich source of
information for your students to use. Previous versions going back
to 1973 are available in Carrier Library. If you require students
to conduct independent research for some project (speeches, etc.),
we suggest that you send them to
http://www.jmu.edu/instresrch . Thank you for your
understanding and cooperation.
Recent Additions to OIR's
We 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 2001-02.
Information: Several tables of information that compare
JMU with our peers have been added. These include information
about graduation rates, finances, costs, etc.
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. A follow-up study is
planned for 2002-03.
Vol. 16, No 1 March 2002,
Performance Measures In Higher Education, Virginia, And JMU
Vol. 16, No 2 April 2002, Faculty
Activity Survey, Fall 2001
Vol. 16, No 3 August 2002, Faculty
Salaries of JMU's Peer Group, 2001-02
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.
SCHEV Research Data
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) now
provides access to
historical data on Virginia's public institutions.
200 faculty, staff, and students have been working for three
years to complete the Self-Study Report for JMU's reaccredidation
with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The
final document is completed and posted on the
SACS Web site. We
encourage you to visit the site to review the document.
In April JMU was visited by a team of faculty and administrators
from institutions throughout the southeastern United States. The
purpose of the visit was to review the JMU Self-Study and talk
with faculty, staff, and administrators about the university's
compliance with the SACS Criteria for Accreditation. The Committee
found JMU to be an excellent institution and only had 22
recommendations for improvement. This is a very small number
considering that there are more than 550 "Must Statements" that
apply to JMU. The administration is currently preparing the
responses to the recommendations. More information will follow
about the impact of the visit on JMU. JMU expects to receive its
formal reaccredidation from SACS in December.
Kudos to Martha Ross, Director, Rob Koslow,
Steering Committee Chair, and Tina Grace, SACS Secretary, for
their tireless work on this project.
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. The first pages of
the 2002-03 Statistical Summary will be posted in September.
December 2001 the
JMU Portfolio was placed on the Web. 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.).
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.
In 2001-02 JMU instituted a Planning Database to assist management
in monitoring and documenting the achievement of JMU Defining
Characteristics. The Planning Database is being revised by
Information Technology with the next release scheduled for this
fall. While the Planning Database certainly has some shortcomings,
it has greatly improved the ability to monitor and document the
progress that has been made with the Defining Characteristics.
More information about Version 2 will follow in the fall.
OIR has an aggressive agenda for 2002-03. Below are listed some of
the major objectives for this year.
Increase information for senior management about
trends in campus diversity.
Improve the quality, quantity, and accessibility of
University data from OIR's databases
Increase the availability of information about the
facilities inventory and utilization through the Web.
Upgrade the Planning Database to improve
functionality. Train users in the new application so that they can
use the system appropriately.
Evaluate the economic impact of JMU on the local
community by completing the economic impact study.
Deploy a Web-based performance measure application.
Explore with the divisions the development of division-specific
measures. Also explore the inclusion of performance measures in
the Planning Database.
Increase the ability of users of the Planning
Database to develop high quality, measurable objectives, expected
outcomes, evaluation methods, annual reports of accomplishments,
and follow-up recommendations.
Revise JMU's enrollment plan for the university
community and SCHEV.
Assist Academic Affairs to gain knowledge about
advising in the major for undergraduate and graduate students.