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IREP 2016-17 Annual Report

Posted by Michael Gass on July 1, 2017

The Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning (IREP) was formed in July 2015 to provide the University with consolidated data and research services, planning and decision support, assessment services, and management of institutional reaccreditation efforts.
The Office’s six full-time employees accomplished much in 2016-17.  Some highlights:

  • IREP developed a new multi-year plan for assessment of general education learning outcomes, introduced new resources and services to aid faculty assessment of student learning outcomes within degree programs, and provided technical support to the final assessment of student learning outcomes in Inquiry Arc, the University’s just-completed Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).
  • IREP began coordinating efforts to track and assess implementation of initiatives undertaken to achieve the goals of the University’s new strategic plan.
  • IREP completed 65 data submissions to external agencies and organizations in 2016-17, including 23 submissions to the UNC Office of General Administration, 30 submissions to admissions guides and publications (e.g., US News & World Report, Princeton Review), and 12 submissions to the U.S. Department of Educations’ Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System (IPEDS).
  • In 2016-17 IREP fulfilled 110 ad hoc requests for data and research support from academic departments, administrative offices, and external agencies and organizations.
  • IREP staff members served on, and provided research and planning support to, many University  committees and task forces in 2016-17, including the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Committee, the Enrollment Planning Committee, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, the University Planning Council, and the standing committees of the Faculty Senate.
  • In 2016-17 IREP provided program reaccreditation and assessment support to 34 academic and administrative units on campus.
  • IREP staff members participated actively in several professional organizations and meetings at the state, regional and national level, including the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), the UNC Accreditation Council, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC),  the Association of Institutional Research (AIR), and the advisory board of the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity.

A detailed list of activities and accomplishments is provided in the 2016-17 Annual Report.

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