Mission Statement

Statement of Mission, Values, Goals, and Functional Responsibilities

General Mission

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning (OIRP), a staff office which reports to the Provost/Executive Vice Chancellor, is dedicated to meeting the data, information, analytical, and planning 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

Planning. Provide conceptual, environmental scan, analytical, and logistical support for university-wide planning activities. Activities include: performance agreements with the Board of Regents, academic program review, maintaining metrics for Bold Aspirations, among others.

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 the Board of Regents with statistical overviews of each instructional department on an annual basis 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, space management, 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 July 2016         

Quick Links
Survey Calendar

February 19 - March 19, 2019
All KU students

Gathers information about students' experiences and campus sexual misconduct prevalence and responses.

  • UCelebrate Survey

March 25 - April 25, 2019
Sample of KU undergraduate students

Assesses the saturation and effectiveness of our social norms campaign, Jayhawk Buddy System while also gauging drinking behaviors, protective behaviors students use and negative consequences experienced while drinking.

  • National College Health Assessment (NCHA)

April 2019
Sample of KU students

Surveys students on their habits, behaviors, and perceptions of a broad range of health topics. These data provide essential information for the creation and evaluation of campus programs that promote health and student success. 

  • PhD Career Pathways Survey

Spring 2019
PhD students from select departments

Fall 2019

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.