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Institutional Research Washington State University

Institutional Research at Washington State University



Institutional Research will be recognized as a leader in fostering a culture of evidence.


Facilitate institutional data management for analysis and reporting of comprehensive, reliable, and timely information for planning and decision-making.

Primary Role

The Office of Institutional Research (IR) provides information for leadership in areas of planning, decision-making, and policy development. IR is responsible for providing management reports and predictive analytics in support of the planning activities of the University administration, in collaboration with stakeholders systemwide in service to its mission as a public, research, land-grant university.  Filling the role as an official data provider, the office also supports the information needs and requirements of several Washington State University internal and external constituents. To perform these functions, IR utilizes data across several systems–financial, student, human resources, grants and contracts, and financial aid. This Office also aids in the development and monitors the progress of performance indicators included in the Washington State University System Strategic Plan.

Institutional Research makes every effort to assure the accuracy of the data analyzed and distributed following the University Data Policies. We respect and guard individual privacy. In most cases, only aggregate data that cannot be traced to those from whom it was collected are shared. Occasionally, and only for official university business, data specific to individuals are shared; but is done so within the guidelines of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or RCW 42.56.590. Institutional Research does not provide services related to the requirements for submitting research proposals for review by the WSU Institutional Review Board (IRB).

Washington State University’s Institutional Research staff adheres to the AIR Ethics Statement.