Institutional Research


Purpose

The purpose of the institutional research function is to facilitate the study, analysis and evaluation of the institution's purposes, policies, procedures and programs, and the determination of the college's success in carrying out its mission and purpose. Through its efforts the office of institutional research and assessment facilitates the planning and decision-making process of the college. The office reports to the associate provost.

Description

Institutional Research gathers data on various aspects of the college such as programs, enrollments, majors, advisee assignments, retention, faculty, teaching loads, grades and other information, organizes, and presents it in useful formats to college users. The office produces an annual Fact Book of institutional data for internal distribution in October.

Research also pursues studies that provide measures of institutional effectiveness such as progress of Berry students in the general-education program and in their major field; student, faculty, and staff expectations and satisfaction with programs and services; alumni (both undergraduate and graduate) evaluations of the effectiveness of their college experiences; employer satisfaction with performance of Berry graduates employed; and public image; and, in addition, assists other offices in the development of assessment instruments for determining the effectiveness of their efforts. The National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is one of several instruments used to assess the extent to which students engage a variety of effective educational practices.

Through its budget and long-range scheduling, institutional research facilitates the periodic (on a five-year time line) external reviews of academic programs and services. The office participates in self-studies through the provision of appropriate data and assistance with writing and editing.

The office updates the comprehensive institutional plan (three-year time line) and the Berry College Strategic Plan and provides the Planning Council with benchmarks for the plan's goals and objectives.

A final area of responsibility entails filing data with national databases such as NCES and responding to official questionnaires seeking institutional information.

Student Success Report

As part of the strategic planning process in 2012 – 2013, the Board of Trustees affirmed Berry College's mission statement and specified that the purpose of Berry College is to “provide an integrated education of the head, heart and hands as the means by which to graduate responsible adults with the knowledge, experience, character and passion to improve the communities in which they live and work.”  Guided by our mission, history and purpose, Berry will be a model academic residential community by fusing rigorous academic preparation with firsthand experiences through research, work, service, leadership, and campus activities.

Success with respect to student achievement in relation to the Berry College mission includes consideration of enrollment data, retention and graduation rates, supervisor and student evaluations in the work experience program, the number of students at a level four or five position in the work experience program, course completion, job placement rates, state licensing examinations, student portfolios, and the number of students who graduate with a resume that includes all three aspects of Berry's head, heart and hands mission.  A copy of our most recent Student Success Report providing data on these measures is available for download here

Accrediting Association Liaison

The associate provost serves as institutional liaison with the regional accrediting association, and in that role files annual institutional updates with that organization and facilitates communication regarding policy changes at the association and proposed changes in institutional programs.

Berry College is accredited by the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and education-specialist degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Berry College. Berry College is also accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Berry’s music program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Berry’s programs in business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.