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Institutional Research, Planning, and Analytics


The mission of the office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Analytics is to provide relevant institutional reporting and analysis of all aspects of the University to support decision-making, planning, assessment, and review of institutional performance.

Institutional Research, Planning, and Analytics (IRPA) serves as the official reporting entity for the University to both internal and external audiences. The office is responsible for preparing official university statistics and completing mandated reporting to government agencies and accrediting bodies. The IRPA team provides reporting services to the University community such as analyzing trends, conducting peer comparisons, providing data for program review, compiling data for grant proposals, and completing ad hoc data requests and research. 

The office maintains data repositories to support reporting and information needs of the University. The staff provide consultation in identifying ways to capture data within the University information system (Banner) to meet information needs. The office publishes the DSU Fact Book and co-authors DSU Data Briefs which summarize selected institutional research projects.


As a high-performing institutional research unit, Institutional Research, Planning, and Analytics will drive a culture of evidence that leverages data and analytics to support student success.

Reporting Services

The IRPA Portal is a gateway to university reporting resources that includes operational reports, trend reports, tracking dashboards, and key performance indicator dashboards.  Access to this university resource is available to university employees. The IRPA Portal is accessible from any university desktop  or laptop with a web browser.  Departments with recurring reporting needs are encouraged to request a reporting library on the IRPA portal.  The University has recently acquired the Argos web-based tool, and IRPA will launch reports with this reporting tool in the future.