Mission Statement: Office of Institutional Research
The Office of Institutional Research serves as a comprehensive
source for information about Clemson University. A fundamental goal of the office
is to collect, comprehend, combine, and analyze data pertaining to a range of
operational activities at Clemson University and to maintain a historical database
of these data. The office assists with the systematic evaluation of educational
programs, faculty educational support services, administrative processes, and
financial and fiscal resources in order to identify the strengths and weaknesses
of the institution. The office acts as a repository for information that may
be used to support planning, policy formulation, and strategic decision-making.
The office supports the self-study process required
for maintaining accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Additionally, the office coordinates the preparation of data and reports for
submittal to IPEDS, HEGIS, and to the Commission on Higher Education. It is
the responsibility of the Office of Institutional Research to collect and analyze
comparative data from peer institutions.
In cooperation with the Office of Assessment, the Office
of Institutional Research assists colleges, departments, and other units of
the University in gathering information and documenting the results of reports
pertinent to measuring programmatic outcomes, CHE program reviews, and outside
The office also provides advice on the development and
refinement of state level information systems on state funding formulas and
the data requirements for them on studies of special interest in higher education
in the state, and on the information required for state-level master planning.
A working library of publications on higher education,
particularly the literature on research in higher education, is maintained by
the office. The library is available for use by all members of the campus community.
In all of its activities, the office will ensure the
confidentiality of sensitive information and the anonymity of individuals. The
office will also ensure that information is released only to appropriate individuals
and groups in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.