In 2016, the Association for Institutional Research published a Statement of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research. This new vision is a response to a myriad of disruptive innovations in higher education that have changed the conditions necessary for effective Institutional Research functions to support student success.

The scope of the Institutional Research and Planning function at UW-Whitewater is vast, and the scope map of the office’s reach (image at right) is intended to highlight the broad categories of skills and responsibilities that are at the core of our goals.

Coordinating and reporting institutional effectiveness information, including assessment, accreditation, and mandatory reporting activities are a priority for institutional research offices. Strategic planning, benchmark analysis, and peer comparisons using standard reporting measures are ways in which the office provides internal support. Other internal support examples include publication of a Fact Book, Fall Profile, and responding to external surveys such as college ranking publications and prospective student guidebooks.

An emergent need for institutional research offices is to serve as a source for understanding data and information structures at the university, and connect disparate pieces of information. Increased data collection and decentralized organizational structures result in campuses with useful data that reside outside of campus databases. 


Institutional Research and Planning
450 Heide Hall
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 West Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190
Phone: (262) 472-5671