Institutional data is essential for improving student experiences, enhancing institutional effectiveness, and informing decisions across the WSU campuses.
The Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment & Research (IPAR) serves as the official source of objective, research-based data about
- program effectiveness
- University resources
- peer institutions
- students, faculty, and staff
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Student data includes information on student enrollment, retention, graduation, and post-graduation.
Enrollment data is taken each semester on the tenth day of the term. The tenth day of the term is the last day a student is able to drop a class without it appearing on their transcript.
Per Minnesota State Policy 3.31, WSU surveys our recent graduates to learn about their employment and educational outcomes one year after they received degrees.
Only de-identified information from this survey is shared. WSU faculty and staff can access further data with the Graduate Follow-Up Reports.
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The Common Data Set (CDS) provides information frequently requested by publishers of college guides and ranking publications.
The CDS covers data about:
- Enrollment and persistence
- First-time, first-year admissions
- Transfer admissions
- Academic offerings and policies
- Student life
- Annual expenses
- Financial aid
- Instructional faculty and class size
- Degree conferred
The Common Data Set Initiative maintains definitions for all data elements.
The IPAR team provides data in compliance with state and federal laws, institutional data privacy policies and security policies. This includes, but is not limited to: