Institutional Research

Institutional Research

Institutional Research aims to gather, analyze and report institutional data for the purpose of developing and implementing sound decision-making within the University. We provide data to external constituents regarding retention, enrollment, attrition, finance, and other administrative matters. We are committed to gathering data through the most accurate methods and using the obtained information to convey important facts for maximum institutional effectiveness of our support systems. Our Director of Institutional Research reports to the VP for Strategic Initiatives/CIO. Read further for a more specific breakdown of our activities and findings.

  • Institutional Research advances the University’s mission and institutional goals by providing data, analysis and services that foster and support effective and informed decision-making, policy formulation and strategic planning. The Office serves as the official source of institutional data for internal and external constituents, ensures compliance with reporting requirements of regulatory bodies, and is committed to the provision of timely, accurate, and actionable data that empowers campus decision makers and supports student success and institutional improvement.

    • Data provision to various external constituents such as the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), Independent colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF), Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE), as well as many others, in the reporting of institutional data on retention, enrollment, attrition, admissions, financial aid, endowment, finance, faculty/staff, library and finance.
    • Monitoring and tracking of KPI achievement against annual targets.
    • Provision of institutional data for the University's accrediting agency - the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
    • Creating and distributing institutional Fact Book & Quick Facts.
    • Leading research and benchmarking efforts to produce reports, models, and actionable information to support decision making and policy development.
    • Maintaining the Common Data Set and external surveys requesting University data.
    • Providing information/data for (internal and external) ad hoc requests
    • Working with all areas of the University including academic programs, administrative, and support services regarding institutional effectiveness efforts and ensure accordance with accreditation criteria.
    • Supporting data needs for institutional research projects, assessment, and accountability.
    • Serving as a liaison to agencies such as the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP)
    • Providing data for University publication.
    • Leading analysis of data using analytical and statistical techniques which serve as a sound basis for strategic decision-making.
  • If you have a question about the Office of Institutional Research, you can email us at We also encourage you to learn more about institutional research through the recommended links on this site.

    Shaunette Grant, Director of Institutional Research

    Laura Yut, Research Analyst

  • Institutional Research Student Information

  • Institutional Research Quick Facts

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) initiative is a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and various publishers (The College Board, Peterson's - a Thomson Learning Company, U.S. News & World Report, and Wintergreen/Orchard House). The purpose of this collaboration is to improve the quality and accuracy of various types of information reported. In addition, it aims to reduce the reporting burden on data providers.

The CDS involves the development of clear, standard data items as well as definitions to determine a specific cohort relevant to each item. Often, data items and definitions used by the U.S. Department of Education in its higher

education surveys serve as a guide in the development of the CDS. Furthermore, 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.

As indicated by the Common Dataset Initiative, it is important to recognize that the CDS is actually a set of data item standards and definitions and not a survey instrument or a set of data represented in a database. As such, the CDS survey items have been strictly defined to collect common or comparable data from colleges and universities.

The following documents are in PDF format. You may need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.

View CDS


FETPIP, the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program, is a data collection and consumer reporting system established by Florida Statutes Section 1008.39 to provide follow-up data on former students and program participants who have graduated, exited or completed a public education or training program within the State of Florida.

All elements of Florida’s workplace development system must use FETPIP for any project that requires institutional-researches automated matching of administrative records for follow-up purposes. General information about FETPIP is available at

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