Mission Statement
of the Office of Institutional Research

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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 accrediting groups.

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.

For questions, please contact the OIR office

302 Sikes Hall
Clemson University
Clemson, SC 29634-5406
Phone: (864) 656-0161
Fax: (864) 656-0163

Last Revised: February 5, 2008

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