The Office of Planning and Analysis is located in Morrill Hall on the Twin Cities campus
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.
Monday, 13 May 2013
OPA is pleased to announce that a more robust and user-friendly survey tool, Qualtrics, is now available enterprise-wide to University of Minnesota students, faculty, and staff. The University has licensed Qualtrics, a web-based survey tool, to replace UMSurvey, which—near its end-of-life—will be decommissioned August 2, 2013.
Some of the features Qualtrics provides include:
To learn more, set up an account, and get access to training, visit the the Survey Connection website.
Note to Current UMSurvey Users - Action is Required
In order to retain survey questions and/or data collected in UMSurvey, you must export and save your data as a CSV file before August 2, 2013. Instructions for how to export your data are available on the UMSurvey website.
Note to Current Qualtrics Account Holders
We are aware that some University affiliates have existing Qualtrics accounts that were not purchased through a University license. In order to avoid complications and retain access to existing surveys, please contact Qualtrics directly and ask to have your accounts migrated. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-340-9194.
For those with existing Qualtrics accounts purchased through a University license, no action is required at this time. Your account will be migrated at a later date.