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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

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. In addition, Institutional Research fills a role as an official data provider to the State of Washington, the federal government, and other external audiences and is charged with enforcing data standards and monitoring data integrity.

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.