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
Vol. 16, No 4, October 2002, Economic Impact Study
16, No. 5, November 2002, Changes In Enrollment, Fall To Spring
16, No. 6, December 2002, Fall 2002, On-Campus Enrollment Summary
Vol. 17, No. 1, June 2003, Major Trends At JMU, 1990-91 To 2002-03
Vol. 17. No. 2, Freshmen and Transfers: Fall 1993 to Fall 2002
Vol. 17. No. 3, December 2003, Fall 2003 On-Campus Enrollment
18. No. 1, March 2004, Relationship Between Freshman Survey and
Continuing Student Survey Responses and Academic Performance
Vol. 18 No. 2, May 2004,
Faculty Activity Survey Summary,
Vol. 18, No 3, Fall 2004 On-Campus Enrollment Summary, December
Vol. 18, No. 5, Increase in the Four-Year Retention Rate, March
Vol. 19, No. 1, A Faculty in Transition, 1986 to 2004.
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
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:
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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.
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.
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.
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
The percentage of faculty holding the terminal degree
increased from 70 percent in 1986 to 81 percent in 2004.
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.
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.
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.
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
The full Research
Notes and tables may be viewed at:
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
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:
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:
http://www.jmu.edu/instresrch/statsum.shtml . New tables have
been added for 2005-06. You are invited to look at these tables
at the address above.