Paula Tomasik, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment (IR&A)
The duties of the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment include a wide variety of responsibilities. Information on enrollment, ethnicity, retention, graduation rates, financial aid, etc. is collected on an annual basis and reported to the federal government in the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data is collected and reported to the Higher Education Policy Commission in Charleston, West Virginia in the HEPC Report Card and the institutional (Compact). Annual reports are also provided to the University Accrediting Agency, the Higher Learning Commission ( HLC homepage; WLU Institutional Profile ) in the Annual Institutional Update.
The Director of IR&A coordinates the University initiatives for the Assessment of Student Learning, and serves on the Assessment and Accreditation Committee, the General Studies Assessment Committee, and the Academy of Student Learning.
The Office of IR&A is responsible for all aspects of faculty course course evaluation. Each semester approximately 10,000 course evaluation forms are scanned and 900 reports are generated for faculty and administrators.
Crystal Lorimor, Special Programs Coordinator joined the Provost Office in the fall of 2011. In addition to her many responsibilities to the Provost, Crystal is providing assistance to the Office of IR&A.