James Madison University

Office of Institutional Research

Volume 3, Issue 2
October 2002

About OIR

Mission Statement


Table of Contents

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

Your comments about the newsletter are appreciated.

The Economic Impact Of James Madison University On The City of Harrisonburg And Rockingham County

"HARRISONBURG James Madison University, with more than 15,000 students and more than 2,000 full-time employees, pours about $278 million annually into the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County economies, a new study reports.

And that's a conservative estimate.

And the estimate does not include construction dollars generated about another $28 million per year nor does it include spending in local hotels and restaurants during major campus events such as Homecoming, Parents Weekend and winter and spring graduation ceremonies that draw thousands of visitors to the local community.

JMU also generates 4,400 to 5,400 full-time jobs locally, including 1,760 to 2,723 off-campus jobs created that can be credited to university spending. That amounts to roughly 7 percent to 9 percent of all employment in the local area." -- JMU Media Relations.

See Research Notes and full report.

Recent Additions to OIR's Web Site:

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

Performance Measures and Peer Data

2001-03 Studies and Research Notes

Recent Research Notes
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.  Departments have the ability to search for space assigned to them.

SCHEV Research Data Warehouse

The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) now provides access to historical data on Virginia's public institutions.

SCHEV Degree Inventories

Have you ever wondered what degrees were offered by the Virginia institutions? Or which institutions offer a particular degree? The SCHEV Research Web site can be used to review the degree inventories.

Current Projects

SACS Self-Study Final Report

More than 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.

SACS Reaffirmation Committee

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 response to the reaffirmation committee is available by clicking here.

Kudos to Martha Ross, Director, Rob Koslow, Steering Committee Chair, and Tina Grace, SACS Secretary, for their tireless work on this project.

JMU Performance Measures Database

The Office of Institutional Research has been collecting performance information for many years. Three years ago we began building a database of these performance measures. The database allows for fast updates and reviews of the data by year and category. The database may be viewed by clicking here.

JMU Portfolio

In 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.).

Common Data Set

Ever need 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. The data for 2002-03 will be available in February.

Financing of Higher Education in Virginia: Analysis and Issues

Each year 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.

JMU Planning Process

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.

Statistical Summaries (link to all online)

Annually OIR produces a Statistical Summary of important information about JMU. In 1995-96 OIR placed its first Statistical Summary on the web. The 2002-03 Statistical Summary is well underway. Below is a list of completed tables.

  • TABLE 2-1 Comparison of On-Campus Headcount Enrollment, Fall Semester, 1966-67 through 2002-03
  • TABLE 2-2 Distribution of On-Campus Headcount Enrollment by Sex, Fall Semester, 1979-80 through 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-3 Distribution of On-Campus Headcount Enrollment by Residence, Fall Semester, 1979-80 through 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-4 Comparison of On-Campus Headcount Enrollment by Academic Level and Sex, Fall Semester, 2000-01 and 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-8 Leading Geographical Sources of On-Campus Headcount Enrollment, Fall Semester, 2001-02
  • TABLE 2-12 On-Campus Credit Hours and Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment by Level of Student, Regular Session, 1990-91 through 2000-01
  • TABLE 2-13 Comparison of On-Campus Credit Hour Production by Department, Summer Session, 1998 through 2001
  • TABLE 2-14 Summary of On-Campus Credit Hours Produced by Level of Student, Summer Session, 2001
  • TABLE 2-15 On-Campus Credit Hours and Full-Time Equivalent Enrollment by Level of Student, Summer Session, 1991 through 2001
  • 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 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 3-4 Second Major of Students Graduating with a Double Major by CIP Code, 2000-01
  • TABLE 3-5 Graduate Degrees Conferred by Major Field of Study and CIP Code, 1998-99 through 2001-02
  • TABLE 3-6 Degrees Conferred 1909 through 2001

Your comments about this newsletter are greatly appreciated.


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