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University of Connecticut, Office of Institutional Research Records

 Collection
Identifier: 1998-0288

Scope and Content

The collection contains the research and documentation of the Office of Institutional Research at the University of Connecticut. Materials in the collection include administrative records, clippings, correspondence, fliers, notes, and publications related to the Office of Institutional Research from the years 1988 to 2000.

The records contain the departmental annual reports and executive summaries from the fiscal years of 1989-1995 and 1997-2000. Some of the many subjects discussed in the collection include aerospace studies, agriculture and natural resources, anthropology, the U.S. Army, central mail service, counseling program for intercollegiate athletes, ecology and evolutionary biology, educational innovation, engineering, extended and continuing education, family studies, fine arts, geology and geophysics, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, the regional campuses, The William Benton Museum of Art, public and urban affairs, the Homer Babbidge Library, The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture, the U.S. Air Force, and the Veteran's Center at the university.

Publications in the collection include the American Council on Education, Educational Record: The Magazine of Higher Education, the University of Connecticut Fact Book, and The University of Connecticut Chronicle.

Dates

  • 1950, 1960-2001

Access

The collection is open and available for research.

Restrictions on Use and Copyright Information

Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from both the University of Connecticut Libraries and the owner(s) of the copyright.

History

The University of Connecticut Office of Institutional Research provides data and analysis to support the management, planning, evaluation and assessment functions of the University. The office fulfills this mission in a variety of ways and serves a wide range of consumers of information, both internal and external to the University.

The Office of Institutional Research has a university-wide approach to data collection, data reporting and data analysis. The Office is interested in both the whole of the University of Connecticut, including the Health Center for certain summary counts of students and staff, and all the parts comprising that whole.

The level of analysis and the timeliness of the response to data questions provided by the Office of Institutional Research are largely dependent upon the sources and types of data available. The Office works with all types of data: raw data on individual records; aggregate raw data; data that must be transferred from one format to another, or from hand-calculated worksheets into computer spreadsheets; data that must be first collected or compiled from surveys or various printed sources and then put into a computerized format; data readily accessible through administrative disks; and data in computer files with unique formats, data dictionaries, and storage considerations. Typically multiple sources of data are used, including non-computerized data, to answer questions.

The Office of Institutional Research consists primarily of data users, data analysts, and data presenters. The Office does not view itself as a data maintainer, however, in reality, they edit and maintain data perceived to be important to the University but which is not being edited or maintained by other administrative offices. Historically, the Office of Institutional Research has been involved in such things as legislative bill tracking until an Office of Governmental Relations was created. Additionally, the Office has been involved in space utilization studies until the responsibility was moved to the Office of Facilities. The individual staff data published in the University staff directory was handled in the Office until Human Resources took over the task. Currently the Office of Institutional Research maintains data collection as well as reporting systems for; student ratings of faculty; opinions of college experiences by undergraduate alumni; academic progress tracking of student intercollegiate athletes; data to support the University budget-making process, including mission statements; University program measures for the State's Office Policy and Management and the Governor's Budget; University Program Assessment; Faculty and staff data reporting; and Student data analysis and reporting.

Extent

49.1 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The Office of Institution Research collection contains the administrative records, financial records, publications, correspondence, reports, and clippings of the Office of Institutional Research(OIR). The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to provide data and analysis to support the management, planning, evaluation and assessment functions of the University. The office fulfills this mission in a variety of ways and serves a wide range of "consumers" of information, both internal and external to the University. Some of the data categories include: Student enrollment data, UConn fact books, Alumni data, Faculty and staff data, Degrees conferred data, Teaching evaluation information, Annual report information, and University Metrics.

Provenance and Acquisition

The records of the Office of Institutional Research have been transferred periodically to the University Archives beginning in 1998.

Related Material

Archives & Special Collections has a substantial collection of materials pertaining to the University, its history, administration, faculty, staff and students. For detailed information on these collections please contact the curator or ask at the Reading Room desk.

Title
University of Connecticut, Office of Institutional Research Records
Status
Published
Author
Archives & Special Collections staff
Date
2012 July
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, University of Connecticut Library Repository

Contact:
University of Connecticut Library
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