Scope of Work

Leadership in strategic campus initiatives

Institutional Research and Quality Improvement takes a leadership role in work that requires campus level organization and prioritization. Our understanding of MU’s institutional data, knowledge of how these data are interconnected across different systems (e.g., student, HR, research, financial, etc.) and strong working relationships with colleagues enables IRQI to respond effectively and efficiently on behalf of the campus as well as other constituencies. These efforts include strategic planning and in particular, metrics and indicator development, peer comparative studies and analyses that inform policy. In addition, IRQI helps guide institution-wide initiatives tied to salary analysis, scholarly productivity and major ad hoc requests from accrediting agencies, the UM System, and the Missouri Department of Higher Education.

Data gathering, analysis, and consultation

IRQI facilities data-informed decision-making through coordinating large-scale institutional surveys, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, and producing effective reports and visualizations. We bring an extensive knowledge of best practices, trends in higher education, and local and historical context.

Evaluation and planning

IRQI is a key collaborator in the campus’ commitment to continuous improvement and organizational excellence. We provide project/initiative management and help direct and guide data analysis, interpretation and recommendations around processes and policies.

External Reporting

IRQI’s expertise and resources play an integral part in MU’s required federal and state reporting and regional and professional accreditation efforts. In addition to compliance reporting, we are responsible for campus level data and information requests—including those for college guide and ranking publications—as well as participating in data exchanges and consortia.