OIRA encourages the University’s involvement in national research studies in which faculty,
staff, and/or students are asked to participate, such as the National Survey of Student
Engagement. (Instruments that gather institutional data for reporting and rankings, such as
U. S. News & World Report, are not national research studies. For more information, see the
section on Reporting.)
National research studies are most beneficial when
OIRA must verify that these conditions are substantially met before the University commits to participation
in a national research study.
navigational links on the left side of the screen to view the following:
- the focus is aligned with the University’s vision,
- the data provide the University with information that will be used for quality improvement,
- the data are not already available,
- the other participating institutions constitute an appropriate comparison group,
- stakeholders have been consulted,
- the methodology is sound, and
- adequate resources are available to conduct the research.
- A narrative report for each of the National Research
Studies in which SU has participated provides a brief overview of the study.
- Links to the web site of each National Research Study in which SU has participated
allows for further exploration of these studies.
- The University Six-Year Assessment Plan and the
Data Collection Schedule identify the current institutional research and assessment efforts of the University. The
Six-Year Plan provides a long-term perspective regarding the University’s involvement in
national research studies, external and internal reporting, accreditation, sponsored
programs, internal research, assessment, and sponsored research. The
Data Collection Schedule
details these efforts over the next few semesters.
For more information on national research studies or to discuss a specific project, please contact OIRA.