Institutional Research and Academic Planning
IRAP seeks opportunities to increase awareness and support transparency efforts by sharing information about the University of California through presentations to colleagues, community members and others interested in higher education. In some cases, IRAP is sharing initial work to engage in discussions about how to approach institutional research and academic planning issues. Below are some examples of presentations given by IRAP staff.
This presentation at CAIR 2020 explains how the UC student experience survey shaped the strategic discussions and cross-campus collaboration among various leadership groups and how an interdisciplinary team collaborated on the analysis of survey data, navigated the dynamic requirements, addressed the issues surrounding the response collection, and formulated a workflow to disseminate the results to the corresponding leadership groups.
UC has begun collecting student basic needs data since 2015. This presentation at the UC Systemwide Basic Needs Retreat provides an overview of the modules UC uses to assess food and housing insecurity and also basic needs results from undergraduate and graduate student surveys.
Universities have begun collecting data on gender identity and sexual orientation. This presentation (at CAIR 2019) considers what is left out when universities create gender and sexual orientation categories for administrative data collection.
This presentation at CAIR 2019 focuses on challenges encountered when using self-reported Native American identity and explores the collection and reporting of undergraduate students’ tribal affiliation at UC. Presenters discuss recommendations for future research and student support practice.
In this presentation at CAIR 2019, the presenter discusses the process of obtaining a license to access the National Science Foundation’s restricted-use data, provides an overview of the available information on doctoral students, and explores time to doctorate for PhD students.
A presentation at the 2019 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. The study introduces a new methodology to predict undergraduate student graduation rates and how to create a dashboard to engage campus leaders to use the results to develop a strategic plan for student completion.
A panel discussion at CAIR 2019 which focuses on current and future applications of people analytics in higher education. A higher education institution must operate like a business regardless of its strategic mission. People analytics is an emerging discipline that uses data analysis to measure, report, and understand the talent trends and workforce retention.
This session presentation at CAIR 2019 provides an overview of importance of accessibility, accessibility resources, and accessibility best practices with the focus on Tableau. Tableau has become a preferred tool for data analysis and visualization in higher education. Institutional Research professionals are also focusing on ensuring accessibility of online content.
At CAIR 2019, analysts present an experiment in text analysis to inform policy based on the question in the UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES), “What is one of the most meaningful learning experiences you have had at [your UC campus]?” The presentation sets out the analysis framework, policy question to be addressed, three text analysis strategies (word use frequency, sentiment analysis, topic models), and the potential policy influence.
A presentation at CAIR 2019 asserts that effective storytelling can be extremely powerful; it draws people to the insights being presented. In the context of higher education, it can inspire decision makers to take action towards improving student success. Researchers from the UC Office of the President highlight some common techniques for storytelling with data. Presenters offer practical ways to engage audiences in presentations and meeting settings.
A presentation at the 2019 South East Asian Association of Institutional Research Annual Conference. To address the many challenges facing higher education, institutions need to make transformational changes. IR can conduct holistic analysis in a proactive manner to turn data into action and support these changes.
A presentation at the UC Humanities@Work Colloquium at UC Irvine in April, 2019. The presentation provides an overview of survey administrations and response rates, along with major results of Humanities alumni’s employment and their doctoral experience at UC.
The keynote presentation by Pamela Brown at the 2019 UCLA Administrative Management Group conference. The UC system recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and this year UCLA celebrates its 100th. The presentation reflects on accomplishments of both the system, along with the UCLA campus, over that time period demonstrating its contributions to California, along with its multiyear plan to support the state in the future.
A presentation at the 2018 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. Participation in extracurricular activities is vital to student success and has been increasingly discussed as ways to complement academic curriculum and enrich students' educational experience. This study examines relationships between participation in extracurricular activities and post-graduation outcomes of undergraduate students who received a bachelor’s degree from University of California.
A presentation at the 2018 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. Educational institutions are increasingly interested in collecting and analyzing data on students’ gender identity and sexual orientation. This presentation explores concepts related to sexual orientation and gender identity and considerations for institutions that want to collect that data. Emphasis is put on identify the purposes of collection and data use procedures.
A presentation at the 2018 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. Researchers explore the relationship of student gender, race, major, GPA and graduate degree with post-graduation earnings. Findings show that UC graduates are not immune to gender/racial pay gaps that exist nationally. While findings differ by industry of work and major, there are differences in pay associated with being female and/or being from an underrepresented minority group for UC alumni.
A presentation at the 2018 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. This study wants to find out what effects diversity had on the experience of college students with various backgrounds. Using data from UC Undergraduate Experience Survey (UCUES), this study explored the relationship between campus diversity and the academic and social aspects of the college experience.
A presentation at the 2018 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. The use of geographic data can enhance understanding of the impact of the university on communities at large and small scales. This presentation shares approaches to mapping the 20,000+ community-based programs of the University of California, and other aspects of the university "footprint," including how mapping applications can produce interactive and static advocacy tools for harnessing the attention of stakeholders.
Survey says: How to create high quality surveys to assist in the evidence-based decision-making process PDFNovember 2018
A presentation at the 2018 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. On issues ranging from food security, to sexual misconduct to campus climate, surveys are becoming a vital tool institutional researchers use to assist leadership in improving student life. This presentation will teach how to, 1) write and evaluate survey questions, 2) construct a survey, 3) create a good sample, and 4) weight survey data.
A presentation at the 2018 Student Experience in the Research University Symposium. It presents three examples of research on relationships between UC undergraduate experience and employment outcomes.
A presentation at the 2018 UC’s Administrative Management Professionals conference highlighting accomplishments over the last 150 years across the system, along with key reasons we need to support continued investment in UC.
A presentation at the 2017 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference about Data Governance practices at the UC Office of the President and the UCLA campus. It presents some of the work that is actively being done around Data Quality Management, Metadata Management, Document and Content Management, Reference and Master Data Management, Data Operations Management and Data Security Management.
A presentation at the 2017 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference about soft skills that students need for productive participation in the workforce. It presents different non-academic soft skills, illustrates how much UC students have grown in these skills during their time at UC, and how their growth differed by gender, ethnicity and major disciplines.
A presentation at the 2017 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference. Unlike student success measures such as graduation rates and employment outcomes, comprehensive statistics on graduate school outcomes of undergraduates are largely unavailable. We review the NSC data to assess graduate school enrollment and completion of UC undergraduate alumni.
A presentation at the 2017 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on student basic needs at the University of California and future directions to address the food insecurity issue.
A presentation at the 2017 California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference demonstrating the use of Tableau dashboards to create profiles of students who leave UC in the first year and the potential for looking at predicted versus actual rates of leaving. It also presents the findings of a study on factors that influence leaving within the first year.
A presentation to the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), which serves as an update to the American Association of Colleges and Schools (AACU) presentation and California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on leveraging University of California system wide earnings, survey data and other statewide and national data sources to develop a set of indicators to demonstrate a college degree's impact on individual students and the broader public.
A presentation to the UC Alumni Leadership Forum on alumni outcomes and projections, along with ongoing and future efforts to demonstrate the value of a UC degree.
Gains and adaptation in academic program planning at the University of California since the great recession PDFApril 2017
A presentation at WSCUC’s 2017 Academic Resource Conference on gains and adaptation in academic program planning at the University of California since the Great Recession. Using 2004 to 2016 data from the University of California’s Five-Year Planning Perspectives process, staff from UC Office of the President and UC Irvine linked academic program planning to organizational change at the campus and system levels to explore the impact of the Great Recession.
A presentation at the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on IRAP’s vision, mission, values, strategic directions and deliverables.
An award-winning presentation at the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on modernizing data stewardship and reporting using Tableau. Also addressed is the process of engaging all stakeholders and creating a system to update and modernize legacy reports.
A presentation at the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on the College Scorecard, which was created to increase accountability and transparency in higher education, and to put more information into the hands of those choosing a college and those working to improve college quality.
A presentation at the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on how to promote accuracy within Institutional Research through data quality with a focus on UC’s Data Validation Framework currently being implemented to create, manage and maintain data quality within the UC Data Warehouse (UCDW).
A presentation at the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on the predictors and relationships with research career pursuits for undergraduates who participate in research.
A presentation at the California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) Conference on an IRAP study to assess the impact of participating in UC’s study abroad and systemwide internship programs on students’ academic, experiential, and employment outcomes.
A presentation at the 2016 Tableau Conference to introduce attendees to the UC Information Center, which provides key information about the University of California by highlighting UC activities and achievements using Tableau data-driven narratives and visualization, and the crucial steps taken to develop the website.
A presentation to the Regents Academic and Student Affairs committee on changing California demographics through 2040 and ways the University of California is preparing to meet demand.
A presentation to the full Board of Regents on changing California demographics through 2040 and implications on the University of California.
A presentation at the “Exploring the Complexity of Contributions of Research University to Society” conference at UC Davis on how the University of California is illustrating alumni outcomes and contributions to society, along with the impact of research to the state.
A presentation to the UC Alumni Forum on the changing alumni population and ongoing and future efforts to demonstrate the impact of UC alumni.
A California Association for Institutional Research (CAIR) presentation on the relationship between student academic and civil engagement and their employment patterns and outcomes.