The Office of Planning and Analysis is located in Morrill Hall on the Twin Cities campus
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Office of Institutional Research part of $2.8 million grant supporting U of M research to bridge cultural divides for underrepresented college students
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) announced today that the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development was the recipient of a $2.8 million grant. The award will help the college learn how best to support access and success for underrepresented and low-income college students.
Part of the 2014 First in the World Program, the four-year grant will fund an effort to engage underrepresented and low-income students and bridge campus-community cultural divides by developing deeper partnerships with diverse communities. This project targets underrepresented students at five research universities, developing and implementing enhanced community-based learning experiences within their academic programs to increase academic engagement and sense of belonging.
The other university partners include City University of New York, University of California Santa Cruz, University of Georgia, University of Illinois Chicago and University of Memphis.
The Minnesota components of the project will work across the Twin Cities campus, coordinated by project co-director Andrew Furco, associate vice president for public engagement. The project also draws from the Office of Institutional Research and the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, which will act as the project evaluator.
The full press release may be found here.
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.