Policy & Planning Analyst - Institutional Research and Planning - INTERNAL POSTING - 14070


The Office of Institutional Research and Planning is seeking a Policy and Planning Analyst (Institutional Research Analyst).
As a member of the research and policy team, the Institutional Research Analyst supports institutional decisions and policy formation by providing data and analytics needed for data-driven decision making. This position involves responsibility for reporting and analyzing data on student success measures both university-wide as well as at the program level. Management of ad-hoc research and analysis projects related to student success and routine institutional reports is expected. Serving as a liaison with student success committees and related offices is an essential component of the position, as it facilitates campus utilization of data in support of institutional initiatives. Responsibilities also include the completion of external surveys that are related to outcome measures, fully utilizing the tools provided to best meet demands for data dissemination, and engaging in professional development in order to stay abreast of higher education best practices and innovations in the field of institutional research and effectiveness.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A terminal degree or equivalent experience is required in an appropriate area of specialization (social sciences, statistics, computer science, data analytics, educational administration) with a broad understanding of general higher education issues combined with strong analytical and technical skills.
  • Three to five years of experience in an institutional research setting, or five years of combined experience within institutional research and student services offices/functions in a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated experience with research design, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and interpretation and presentation of findings.
  • Demonstrated experience using various modalities of technology to impact student success.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities with research and assessment of retention and graduation initiatives or strategies.
  • Experience with programs utilized by institutional research offices such as Excel, SPSS (or similar), online survey software, analytics, and/or visualizations.
  • Knowledge and experience in data mining, data analysis and report writing Demonstrated ability to work constructively in a team environment.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Three to five years in an institutional research setting, including experience with research design, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and interpretation and presentation of findings.
  • Demonstrated technical skills necessary to write queries for extracting data from large data sets in the University’s enterprise data system.
  • Knowledge of PeopleSoft and querying software highly desirable.
  • Experience with Institutional Review Board procedures in support of research.
  • Experience using online survey software (e.g., Qualtrics).
  • Willingness to learn new technologies.
The Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IRP) at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is responsible for the development and maintenance of data resources to support the strategic planning and policy-making processes at the university, fulfilling compliance reporting requirements at both the federal and state levels, facilitating the dissemination of data in a timely and accurate manner, and promoting institutional effectiveness through the development and use of self-assessment and benchmarking tools. Three teams comprise the activities of the IRP office: business intelligence and data management, research and policy, and data, analysis, and accountability.

  1. Manage support of strategic initiatives related to recruitment, enrollment, retention and graduation rates, and related student success measures.
  2. Maintain and improve internal reporting and benchmarking in assigned data domains.
  3. Assume primary responsibility for the management and reporting of student data in domains including financial aid, retention and graduation, curricular, high-impact practices, assessment, student engagement, and university-wide surveys. This involves developing an understanding of standard benchmarks in each domain, ability to identify student subgroups of interest, and the expertise to perform database queries that allow for the consideration of many variables impacting student success.
  4. Establish new reports to support and enhance the availability of relevant data for use by the campus community.
  5. Interpret and analyze data, conduct research and generate reports to support student success initiatives.
  6. Administer and support predictive analytics.
  7. Provide assistance in satisfying requirements for regulatory and compliance reporting (federal, state, and accrediting bodies).
  8. Act as the IRP liaison with student success committees and related offices as necessary.
  9. Assist with the development of data dashboards, predictive analytics, and data exploration.
  10. Perform data mining for data inquiries, projects, and historical trend reporting.
  11. Analyze data in relation to policy questions, research purposes, and strategic planning efforts. This includes, but is not limited to: assessments in areas related to student success (such as NSSE/FSSE data, UW-W Senior Outcomes Assessment Survey, and program specific evaluations), student data analysis (such as enrollment, retention, graduation, and time to degree), and academic data analysis (such as productivity and cost of instruction).
  12. Administer university-wide surveys in accordance with a developed cycle of survey assessment. Assist with improving and maintaining the collection and reporting of survey data from campus constituents in support of continuous improvement.
  13. Assist with developing and maintaining data definitions and standards required to improve data quality and consistency, as well as to streamline reporting and add value for constituents.
  14. Use of appropriate tools to extract and report data. Willingness to learn new technologies. Advanced critical thinking skills necessary to consider appropriate and effective data dissemination.
  15. Support IRP’s commitment to institutional data governance and integrity.
  16. Maintain strict confidentiality in regards to data to protect sensitive and/or restricted student and employee information.
  17. Develop survey instruments using online survey software and survey data reporting tools as needed.
  18. Other duties as assigned.

UW-Whitewater (http://www.uww.edu) is the largest regional comprehensive university within the UW System and enjoys a reputation as a high quality residential campus located near the scenic Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeastern Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater is situated on 400 acres of land and has an annual budget of more than $219 million. UW-Whitewater is located in the community of Whitewater, which has 14,622 residents and is within convenient driving distance to the metropolitan areas of Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago. The university enrolls more than 12,000 students in more than 50 majors housed within four academic colleges. UW-Whitewater also offers 16 master’s degrees and a Doctorate in Business Administration. The university’s strategic plan can be found at: http://www.uww.edu/strategic-plan. It has a special mission within the UW System to serve students with disabilities and, as such, embraces the principles of universal design and is one of the most accessible campuses in the state. UW-Whitewater is a Division III NCAA university and member of WIAC (http://wiacsports.com). The campus has over 200 student organizations and is a vital economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin.

UW-Whitewater is committed to seeking and sustaining a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, building a diverse faculty and staff with expertise and interest in serving students with diverse needs, backgrounds, ethnicities, abilities and other distinct characteristics in respectful, sensitive and understanding ways. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, and actively seeks and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater is part of the 26-campus University of Wisconsin System (https://www.wisconsin.edu).

Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(b) provides that applicants may indicate in writing that their identity should be kept confidential. In response to a public records request, the University will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wisconsin Statute 19.36(7)(a).

UW-Whitewater requires criminal background checks as a contingency to employment. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to an offer of employment.

The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater requires that all employees be active participants in following applicable safety rules and regulations including necessary training and drills.

For UW-Whitewater Campus safety information and crime statistics/annual Security Report, see http://www.uww.edu/asfr. If you would like a paper copy of the report please contact the UW-Whitewater Police at 262-472-4660.

UW-Whitewater embraces AAC&U’s LEAP principles (http://www.uww.edu/leap) and emphasizes student, staff and faculty participation in High-Impact Practices (https://www.aacu.org/resources/high-impact-practices). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (http://www.uww.edu/orsp) provides support for faculty scholarly and creative activities as well as other opportunities to apply for reassigned time and/or other resources to support research activities. UW-Whitewater faculty and staff also have access to technology transfer and research resources provided by WiSys (https://www.wisys.org).

Applications received by March 6, 2018 are ensured full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee. Application materials will be evaluated and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

If you have questions regarding this recruitment, or if you are not able to complete the application online due to a disability or system problem, please contact us at 262-472-1072 or hrstudent@uww.edu. For questions regarding the position please contact:

Rebecca Jones
Office of Institutional Research and Planning

Only complete application packages will be considered. This includes online submission of the following documents:
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Name and contact information for three professional references
This Job ID is 14070.

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