The Office of Planning and Analysis is located in Morrill Hall on the Twin Cities campus
Thursday, 14 August 2014
Ron Huesman (Associate Director, OIR) and Daniel Jones-White (Senior Analyst, OIR) were involved in co-authoring a number of chapters in a new, electronic publication from the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE). Building Bridges for Student Success: A Sourcebook for Colleges and Universities has been designed to provide higher education practitioners and researchers with an expanding source of evidence about the practices and factors influencing student success.
This Sourcebook covers a broad range of topics in academic and cocurricular learning while maintaining a core focus on academic and student affairs management, including institutional research, learning outcomes assessment, and institutional effectiveness.
The Sourcebook is now available on CSRDE's website at http://csrde.ou.edu/web/sourcebook/index.php.
Tuesday, 06 May 2014
Congratulations to Daniel Jones-White, David Peterson, and Ilya Begelman, who won the AIRUM Best Presentation award in 2013. Daniel, David, and Ilya will present the methodology behind and demonstrate a web-based Comparison Group Generator tool they developed for creating institutional specific peer groups. The tool is available free of charge at:
Daniel is a Senior Analyst, David is a Systems Analyst, and Ilya is an IT Professional in the Office of Institutional Research at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
Daniel, David, and Ilya will be presenting "Comparison Shopping: A Data-based Web-App for Generating Comparison Groups" later this month at the 2014 Annual AIR Forum in Orlando, FL.
Thursday, 19 December 2013
Peter Radcliffe (Office of Undergraduate Education/Office of Planning and Analysis) presented to Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE) research staff regarding information on college costs reported by the Delta Cost Project. The Delta Cost Project uses data from the federal Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for a variety of analyses, but most significantly to measure educational spending by U.S. higher education institutions in total and per student, per degree, or per completion. These spending measures have been used in several college scorecards and performance-based funding mechanisms. Due to limitations in the available data, these measures are easily misunderstood, so the presentation focused on how to understand and interpret the Delta Cost Project's reported spending figures.
Friday, 13 September 2013
The Office of Measurement Service (OMS) recently implemented changes in their exam-related policies and practices to further enhance their operational effectiveness:
The exams return policy was revised so that academic exams scored by OMS no longer need to be claimed in person or returned only by Campus Courier services. Scored exams can now be returned by Campus Mail or securely destroyed onsite. This policy change will result in decreased time and resources spent returning exams for both instructors and OMS staff with almost no risk to the integrity of scored exams.
As of Fall 2013, OMS is only billing departments for exam scoring at the end of each semester. Departments were previously billed for each individual use of exams, resulting in thousands of transactions a year. This change is anticipated to reduce transactional cots for both OMS and departments and further encourage the use of OMS exam scoring services, resulting in decreased time spent in departments scoring individual exams by hand.
Additional information regarding each of these initiatives may be found at http://oms.umn.edu/fce/processing_directions.php / OMS Customer Service: 612-626-0006.