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Goals & Operating Guidelines


 About Us


The main purpose of IRP is to serve Delta State University’s academic mission and administrative functions by providing an effective framework of information and analysis to support planning, evaluation, and performance improvement. IRP supports the University’s overall performance measurement activities and coordinates the assessment activities of all academic and administrative departments. Additionally, the office supports and offers consultation services to assist all campus units with self-study reports, planning, and assessment.


The office also answers any requests regarding information about the University from internal campus units as well as from state and federal agencies, accrediting bodies, college guides, and the general public. With the assistance of the Office of Information Technology, IRP maintains databases to support longitudinal studies and statistical analysis. Finally, in order to maintain data integrity and usability across the University, IRP collaborates with academic and administrative offices across campus to ensure the University’s information systems are reliable.




·         Further the academic mission of the University

·         Develop and support an on-going institutional assessment program of student outcomes, teaching effectiveness, and program review.

·         Enhance the professional skill, competence, and development of office staff and university colleagues.



Operating Guidelines

(IRP) fulfills many requirements within its day-to-day operations. The staff of IRP produces numerous reports for internal and external sources. Many of the reports about the University are required by law, regarding students, faculty, staff, courses, degree programs, and a wide array of other issues. Additionally, IRP staff collects and monitors assessment instruments and reports for academic and non-academic units, in order to promote the appropriate use of assessment data for institutional effectiveness. The office publishes information about the University through annual reports and provides data for reports that are published or used by other campus units. Due to the extent, volume, and variety of these activities, (IRP) has adopted the following general operating guidelines.

·         We will provide products and services that fall within our mission in order to serve Delta State University to the fullest capacity (academic and non-academic) by providing an effective analytical framework for planning and performance effectiveness.

·         The office’s priority of services will be executed in the order in which the request is received, level of difficulty, and level of authority.


*To the extent possible within defined priority sequences, we will attempt to meet all requests for information and assistance that are consistent with our mission within the time-frame requested by the individual.

* For substantial studies requiring Institutional Review Board approval, the requester must submit a copy of the IRB approval letter to the office before processing of the request can begin. This may include but is not limited to class projects, dissertations, theses, and professional research.

* IRP makes available through its website commonly requested data, which can be used broadly for planning, evaluation, and decision making.

*Special requests will be adapted to suite the information and assessment needs of those requesting our assistance. If the request requires substantial documents to be printed and or scanned, a nominal fee may apply. However, most, if not all, services for the university units are free.

* IRP keeps logs of the reports, services, and assistance we provide. Additionally, the office assesses its own effectiveness annually to solicit feedback on how our office can better serve the university and meet the institutional research and assessment needs of those we serve.



Citation Guidelines


The publication or presentation of IRP data should follow the citation examples below:


E.g. for Website Documents:

Office of Institutional Research & Planning, Delta State University. (2010, September 15). Common Data Set. Retrieved September 17, 2010, from Delta State University: www.deltastate.edu/pages/3867.asp


E.g for Report Requested:

Office of Institutional Research & Planning, Delta State University. (2009). 2008-2009 Community College Transfer Report. Cleveland, Mississippi.


 E.g for Surveys/Survey Questions:

Office of Institutional Research & Planning, Delta State University. (2010). 2000-2001 Beginning Student Survey. Cleveland, Mississippi.





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