The SVSU Office of Institutional Research is dedicated to offering excellent service and support to the University by providing statistical reports to external and internal constituencies. With respect to external reporting, the OIR regularly makes timely responses to legally mandated government surveys and to college guide publications. The OIR also produces standard statistical reports for university and external constituencies and honors special internal or intra-campus ad hoc requests for customized data reports for a variety of university offices. In addition, on request, the OIR assists university personnel with survey research projects and coordinates with key stakeholders to assist in strategic planning and program assessment. In these activities, the SVSU OIR must adhere to the following policies in the interest of standard research ethics and best practices in IR office procedure.
The SVSU OIR adheres to university policy with respect to human-subjects research. All requests made to the OIR for research support for projects that involve human subjects, including survey work, must include advance written verification by the SVSU Institutional Review Board to ensure the projects meet prevailing ethical and legal standards.
For student research projects including surveys:
The OIR abides by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), which protects the privacy of individual student educational records.
The OIR renders assistance to administrators, faculty, and staff with a variety of survey research projects; however, the office's role is mainly supportive.
The OIR receives frequent ad hoc requests for customized data reports from internal and external constituents. The OIR will attempt to fulfill these requests in a timely manner; however, the timeline for report delivery depends on when the request is made during the semester and the volume of requests in the OIR queue.
Please note: In the first several weeks of a semester, the OIR places priority on the generation of a series of standardized official reports, including enrollment, retention, graduation, first majors, and credit hours. During these times, all special or ad hoc requests are temporarily placed on hold.