Statement of Mission, Values, Goals, and Functional Responsibilities

General Mission

The Office of Analytics & Institutional Research, a staff office which reports to the Chief Financial Officer and Vice Provost for Finance, is dedicated to meeting the data, information and analytical needs of the Lawrence Campus and the central administration of the University of Kansas.

We value:

  • Quality - accurate and timely information and analysis
  • Satisfied customers
  • Professional, highly motivated, and well-trained staff
  • A stimulating and desirable work environment

Our goals are to:

  • Provide the highest quality data, information, and analytical services
  • Anticipate our customers' needs and exceed their expectations
  • Be creative and innovative in problem solving, data analysis, and product development

Functional Responsibilities

Benchmarking. Provide comparative analyses of faculty/staff, student, and research data for KU and our peers to highlight our strengths and identify areas that can be improved.

Program Review. Provide statistical overviews of each instructional department for oversight and monitoring purposes. The overviews include instructional expenditures, student credit hour production, faculty workloads, as well as major and graduation counts.

Web-based Management Information: Departmental Executive Management Information System (DEMIS). Provide web-based management information including program review data, faculty workloads, enrollment levels in courses, enrollment monitoring, among others. DEMIS is under continuous development and expansion to meet demands for analytical data in a timely, electronic form.

Visual Analytics: Provide web-based information in a variety of formats using Tableau, “a family of interactive data visualization products focused on business intelligence.”

Finance/Budget. Provide analytical support for budget development and justification including the development of the annual tuition proposal, various financial analyses of tuition collections, fee waivers, academic program cost projections, research funding comparisons, among others.

Faculty and Staff Studies. Provide a variety of studies about faculty issues including teaching loads, course enrollments, comparative and equity salary studies; provide information for GTA collective bargaining; provide analyses of staffing trends and salaries.

Enrollment Management and Student Analysis. Provide analytical support for enrollment management including support for admissions/recruitment, enrollment patterns and trends, enrollment projections, attendance patterns (retention/attrition/graduation) analyses, etc. Conduct a variety of impact studies regarding students including course taking patterns, grading studies, performance of transfer students, among others.

Assessment and Outcomes. Develop or assist in various studies to evaluate the outcomes of various institutional initiatives.

Survey Research. Conduct major university-wide surveys, projects sponsored by various university committees, and survey research funded by university departments.

Core Information. Provide data for the university community, the Regents, state, and federal agencies as needed. Activities include the compilation and publication of the University of Kansas Profiles. Provide data to various external constituencies such as U.S. News, world-wide ranking systems, among others.


Updated March 2019         

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  • Student Senate Survey 

    Fall 2019
    All KU students

    Survey the student body about the Senate, its initiatives, and its use of student fees.

  • #RealCollege Survey 

    Fall 2019
    All KU students

    Revealing the daily experiences of college students and how they meet their basic needs (food and housing insecurity).

  • PhD Career Pathways Survey

    Fall 2019

    Collect data regarding the career pathways of PhDs that can be used to improve the educational experiences and career preparation of students.

  • PhD Career Pathways Survey

    February 2020
    Doctoral students in select College departments

    Collect data regarding the career pathways of PhDs that can be used to improve the educational experiences and career preparation of students.

  • KU Graduate Student Survey

    Spring 2020
    All graduate students

    Collect information from graduate students about their experience at KU.

  • KU Senior Survey

    Spring 2020
    All seniors

    Collect information about the student experience at KU from seniors.