Office of Institutional Research and Planning

Statement of Mission, Values, Goals, and Functional Responsibilities

General Mission

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP), a staff office which reports to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, is dedicated to meeting the data, information, analytical, and planning needs of the Lawrence Campus and the central administration of the University of Kansas.

We value:

  • Quality - accurate and timely information and analysis
  • Satisfied customers
  • Professional, highly motivated, and well-trained staff
  • A stimulating and desirable work environment

Our goals are to:

  • Provide the highest quality data, information, and analytical services
  • Anticipate our customers' needs and exceed their expectations
  • Be creative and innovative in problem solving, data analysis, and product development

Functional Responsibilities

Planning. Provide conceptual, environmental scan, analytical, and logistical support for university-wide planning activities. Currently involved in the following activities:

  • Performance agreements with the Board of Regents
  • Academic program review
  • Charting the Future

Web-based Management Information: Departmental Executive Management Information System (DEMIS). Provide web-based management information including program review data, faculty workloads, enrollment levels in courses, enrollment monitoring, space management, among others. DEMIS is under continuous development and expansion to meet demands for analytical data in a timely, electronic form.

Finance/Budget. Provide analytical support for budget development and justification including the development of the annual tuition proposal, Kansas Cost Study, various financial analyses of tuition collections, fee waivers, academic program cost projections, research funding comparisons, among others.

Faculty and Staff Studies. Provide a variety of studies about faculty issues including teaching loads, course enrollments, comparative and equity salary studies; provide information for GTA collective bargaining; provide analyses of staffing trends and salaries.

Enrollment Management and Student Analysis. Provide analytical support for enrollment management including enrollment patterns and trends, enrollment projections, attendance patterns (retention/attrition/graduation) analyses, etc. Conduct a variety of impact studies regarding students including course taking patterns, grading studies, performance of transfer students, among others.

Assessment and Outcomes. Assist in the implementation of the assessment plan submitted to the Board of Regents in January 1989. In particular, OIRP coordinates the regular assessment of general education of fourth and fifth year students. This involves more than 100 students and 40-60 faculty in an intensive interview process. OIRP also analyzes the data gathered from this process and prepares reports by academic unit. Assist with the implementation of standardized tests (e.g., CLA) designed to measure critical thinking, analytic reasoning, and written communications.

Core Information. Provide data for the university community, the Regents, state, and federal agencies as needed. Activities include the compilation and publication of the University of Kansas Profiles. Provide data to various external constituencies such as U.S. News, Peterson's Guides, among others.

Survey Research. Conduct major university-wide surveys, projects sponsored by various university committees, and survey research funded by university departments. Recent survey research includes the 2009 Senior Survey, NSSE, Survey of Students Perceptions (mandated by the Board of Regents), Advising Survey, Alumni Association Survey, Engineering Alumni Survey, Kansas and Burge Union surveys, among others.

Program Review. Provide the Board of Regents with statistical overviews of each instructional department on an annual basis for oversight and monitoring purposes. The overviews include instructional expenditures, student credit hour production, faculty workloads, as well as major and graduation counts.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university’s programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity & Access,, 1246 West Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas, medical center campuses).