OFFICE OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH & PLANNING

Welcome to PennWest California's website for the Office of Institutional Research & Planning.  Contained within, you'll find information about the office and its staff members and detailed reports about the University.

Mission, Function and Goals

Our Mission & Goals detail how the Office of Institutional Research & Planning relates to its constituents both on and off-campus.‚Äč

Mission Statement
The mission of the Office of Institutional Research & Planning is to collect, analyze, disseminate, and present information to aid planning, decision-making, and policy formulation at the University.

Goals
In fulfilling its mission, the Office of Institutional Research & Planning must strive for continuous improvement in:

  1. Data accuracy
  2. Timely reporting
  3. Actionable information

Primary Functions
The Office of Institutional Research & Planning strives to fulfill the following functions:

  • Improve the decision-making data base through working with the University Technology Services department to ensure the quality of captured data.
  • File regular and ad hoc reports to a broad spectrum of constituents requesting information, including government, accrediting agencies, colleges, and academic departments.
  • Provide analytical support for the President and other senior officers with evidence-based information about student learning, faculty productivity, program effectiveness, and resource utilization at the University.

External Data and Reports

State System Public Dashboards

Information and trends on student data at PennWest California can be accessed through the publicly accessible dashboards provided by the State System. Click any of the following to browse the different student-centered subject areas:

Common Data Set

 

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers to improve the quality and accuracy of information provided to all involved in a student's transition into higher education, as well as to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.

This goal is attained by the development of clear, standard data items and definitions in order to determine a specific cohort relevant to each item. Data items and definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education in its higher education surveys often serve as a guide in the continued development of the CDS. Common Data Set items undergo broad review by the CDS Advisory Board as well as by data providers representing secondary schools and two- and four-year colleges. Feedback from those who utilize the CDS also is considered throughout the annual review process.

The CDS is a set of standards and definitions of data items rather than a survey instrument or set of data represented in a database. Each of the higher education surveys conducted by the participating publishers incorporates items from the CDS as well as unique items proprietary to each publisher. Consequently, the publishers' surveys differ in that they utilize varying numbers of items from the CDS.

2020 - 2021 (PDF)

2019 - 2020 (PDF)

2018 - 2019 (PDF)

2017 - 2018 (PDF)

2016 - 2017 (PDF)

2015 - 2016 (PDF)

2014 - 2015 (PDF)

2013 - 2014 (PDF)

2012 - 2013 (PDF)

2011 - 2012 (PDF)

2010 - 2011 (PDF)

IPEDS - Fall Enrollment
 

IPEDS, or the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, is the core postsecondary education data collection program for the National Center for Education Statistics.  This component of the IPEDS focuses on Fall Enrollment.  It collects student enrollment counts by:

  • Level of student
  • Enrollment status
  • Gender
  • Race/Ethnicity
  • First-time student retention rates
  • Student-to-faculty ratio

2020-2021 (PDF)

2019-2020 (PDF)

2018 - 2019 (PDF)

2017 - 2018 (PDF)

2016 - 2017 (PDF)

2015 - 2016 (PDF)

2014 - 2015 (PDF)

2013 - 2014 (PDF)

2012 - 2013 (PDF)

2011 - 2012 (PDF)

2010 - 2011 (PDF)

Internal Data and Reports

Internal Data and Reports

 

Contact Us

The Office of Institutional Research & Planning can be reached at the following address:

PennWest California
Department of Institutional Research & Planning
Old Main 208 Box 23
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Steve Zidek
Director of Institutional Research
Room: Old Main 208
Phone: 724-938-4194
E-Mail: zidek@calu.edu

Hsiao-Ju Yen
Director of Institutional Planning
Room: Old Main 207
Phone: 724-938-4062
E-Mail: yen@calu.edu