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Institutional Research at Washington State University


Institutional Research aspires to the principles of excellence, quality, and accountability in providing objective and comprehensive information about the institution to stake-holders.


Our mission is to foster a culture of evidence by facilitating the management, analysis, and reporting of institutional data and information in support of planning and decision-making.

Primary Role

Institutional Research reports to the Provost and Executive Vice President. Our primary focus is institutional and comparative analyses of the academic enterprise at Washington State University in service to its mission as a public, research, land-grant university. As part of that role, the Provost and Executive Vice President has charged IR with university-wide data administration responsibilities. In addition, Institutional Research fills a role as an official data provider to the State of Washington, the federal government, and other external audiences.

Institutional Research makes every effort to assure the accuracy of the data analyzed and distributed in accordance with 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 is shared. Occasionally, and only for official university business, data specific to individuals is shared, but this is done solely within the guidelines of the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and State of Washington 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). For IRB, contact the Office of Research Assurance.