Mission and Goals
The Office of Institutional Research and Planning's primary mission is the collection of data (from both internal and external sources), and the timely analysis, distribution, and presentation of this information for use in planning, decision-making, and policy formulation at the University. IRP is also responsible for ensuring the accuracy of vital University statistics, and for reporting these data to a broad spectrum of information consumers including regulatory entities, management, faculty, private organizations, and the general public. A major function of the Office is to respond to diverse requests for data from members of the University community, and to assist with research and assessment, as well as evaluation and analysis.
The Office further serves as records custodian for the University of West Georgia. In this capacity, it promotes an efficient administration and management of state governmental records in compliance with the Georgia Records Act and the Georgia Open Records Act. Institutional Research and Planning advises other departments about appropriate records-keeping techniques and guides in developing records retention schedules.
IRP adopted the following goals to encourage institutional effectiveness and to foster mechanisms to assess results:
- Serve the executive functions of the institution by providing a reliable and proactive management and decision-support system.
- Promote the improvement of West Georgia’s planning process in compliance with the Board of Regent's policies and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools' criteria.
- Generate data, information, and analytical reports on institutional matters designed to inform decision-making and planning at the University.
- Assist the executive and administrative officers of the University in institutional assessment that will facilitate institutional effectiveness.
- Provide systematic collection and reporting of standard institutional, regional, environmental, and student-centered information for institutional planning and assessment.
- Reply in a punctual manner to spontaneous requests for descriptive information, data, and analytical reports.
- Provide guidelines and standards to various departments for establishing and maintaining successful records management practices that comply with the Georgia Records Act and the Open Records Act.