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Institutional Research Newsletter

Volume 6, Issue 1
September 2005

About OIR

Mission Statement


About University Planning & Analysis


Your comments about this newsletter are greatly appreciated.

2002-05 Research Notes

Performance Measures

The Office of Institutional Research maintains a database of the most important  performance measures. Continuously updated, this is a good source of important information about JMU. The database can be accessed by clicking here.

Data Warehouse

Spring 2005 census data and spring course enrollment data can be found in the OIR Data Warehouse. We also added full-time equivalent student statistics to the census detail. If you have not already done so, be sure to see the other historical data available on admissions and degrees conferred. Contact us if there are any other views of this historical data that might be good to present for the JMU community. OIR Data Warehouse:



Table of Contents

University Planning and Analysis and OIR staff have been busy with several major projects for the past several months. Below are links to important additions to our Web site.

New Position:
Assistant Director for Evaluation and Survey Research Hired

The Office of Institutional Research is delighted to announce that Dr. Vicki Wise has been hired as the Assistant Director for Evaluation and Survey Research. Dr. Wise comes to OIR from the JMU Center for Assessment and Research Studies. She will coordinate all major surveys for the office, provide technical assistance for developing surveys, and provide consultation for areas that request help with administrative program reviews. Dr. Wise comes with a strong background in both survey research and program evaluation. We are excited that she joined us on July 5.

Research Notes
A Faculty In Transition, 1986 TO 2004

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is responsible for collecting and reporting data on JMU’s faculty to the state and federal government along with organizations such as American Association of University Professors (AAUP) and the College and University Professional Association (CUPA). A study of changes since 1986 was recently updated with data from 2003 and 2004. Below are some of the most important changes since 1986.

  1. The number of full-time faculty has grown in proportion to increases in students, but the percentage of faculty with tenure has decreased significantly in the last five years to 48 percent.

  2. The percentage of faculty holding the terminal degree increased from 70 percent in 1986 to 81 percent in 2004.

  3. The JMU faculty is more diverse than in 1986. Non-Caucasian faculty increased from four percent in 1986 to eight percent in 2004, but is down from a high of 10 percent in 2002. Women now constitute 41 percent of faculty, up from 26 percent in 1986.

  4. Annual changes in the average JMU faculty salary since 1987-88 has ranged from 10.1 percent in 1989-90 to –1.8 percent in 1992-93. Annual changes in total compensation (salary + fringe benefits) ranged from 10.8 percent in 1989-90 to –4.0 percent in 1991-92. In 2003-04 and 2004-05 compensation increased 1.7% and 4.8%, respectively. In 2004-05 benefits accounted for 31.6 percent of total compensation, up from 27.2 percent in 2002-03. This reflects increasing medical costs borne by the Commonwealth.

  5. JMU’s average faculty salary has increased by 24 percent since 1995-96, compared with 27 percent for its peers. Total compensation has increased by 31 percent. The average salary is $6,000 below the stated 60th percentile goal for its peers.

  6. The most recent student-to-faculty ratio, 16.8:1, is the lowest in the last ten years, down from 19.2:1 in 1997. Total student credit hours per FTE faculty declined from 281 in 1991 to 251 in 2004. The percentage of total Fall credit hours taught by full-time faculty has remained fairly stable around 80 percent since 1991. However, the percentage of lower division credit hours taught by full-time faculty declined from 76 percent in 1998 to 64 percent in 2004.

The full Research Notes and tables may be viewed at: .

JMU Alumni Employment Surveys

The Office of Institutional Research is responsible for conducting two alumni employment surveys. The survey of 2002-03 graduates was first deployed in January 2005. The final return rate was 44 percent Summaries of the findings will be sent to departments prior to orientation. The 2004-05 graduates are surveyed within 60 days of their graduation via email and the Web. Approximately 35 percent of the August and December 2004 graduations have completed the survey. Summary information on this survey will be available in late summer after the May graduates have been surveyed. Summaries of surveys conducted may be found at: .

May 2004 Graduates' Thoughts on Faculty

In May and June OIR distributed an alumni employment survey to new graduates. One question they were asked to answer was: "Can you think of any JMU faculty who had a particularly important impact on you? In shaping the way you think about yourself, or life, or the world around you, or your future? If yes, without naming the faculty member, tell us what this faculty member did that had such a strong impact." The following major themes emerged from the comments: Quality Learning Experience; Took Time To Care; Knowledge of Subject; Cares About Lives of Students; Concerned About Students’ Careers. A summary of the actual comments can be found at:

2005-06 Statistical Summary

The 2004-05 JMU Statistical Summary was completed and published in full on the Web. Kudos to Chuck DeHart (Assistant Director and editor), Tina Grace, Rosemary Brenner and Horatiu Stancu for compiling and publishing the data. The Statistical Summary can be found at: . New tables have been added for 2005-06. You are invited to look at these tables at the address above.

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