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Why We Cannot Count Every Degree Conferred

Federal and state compliance definitions specify that when a student is granted a degree from the completion of multiple programs for the same degree and CIP code, then that award can only be counted as one degree by MSU. For example, a student completes Bachelor of Science programs in Fashion Merchandising and in Fashion Design at the same time. Both of these programs lead to a BS degree under the CIP 19.0901. In this case the University may count this as one degree (BS) awarded. However, as student completing a Bachelor of Science in Health Communication as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Health Communication, both under the CIP 09.0901, may be counted as two distinct degrees (BA, BS).
OIR and QDUG have collaborated to implement code changes in Argos reports available on Bear Intelligence to properly reflect this methodology for University report users, including the Awards Granted OLAP and the AIM Dashboard, as well as on Key Performance Indicator 3.
For more information, or for assistance, please visit an “Ask the Experts” Open Session in Cheek 100 on a Friday afternoon between 2:00 – 4:00pm, contact InstitutionalResearch@MissouriState.edu at 836-5274, or QDUG@MissouriState.edu.

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What is your Department’s Student Retention?

Do you want to know more about how well your department is retaining students? A new report available on Bear Intelligence can help. Select a college and department to see counts and percentages of persistence or attrition overall, or by department of major. Variables include College, Department, Major, Program, Student Population, Student Class, Student Level, and Time Status. Report options include an OLAP cube, a pdf (banded) report, a summary spreadsheet, and (for Deans and Department Heads) a detailed spreadsheet.

For more information, or for assistance, please visit an “Ask the Experts” Open Session in Cheek 100 on a Friday afternoon between 2:00 – 4:00pm, contact InstitutionalResearch@MissouriState.edu at 836-5274, or QDUG@MissouriState.edu.

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Institutional Research Open Lab – Now on Fridays!

Confused? Do you need help with information gathering and report running? Come to our new Institutional Research Open Lab, which will take place every Friday from 1:30-3:30 in Cheek 100.

You will learn how to find the information you need using Bear Intelligence, and how to interpret the information you retrieve.

Email institutionalresearch@missouristate.edu to submit your questions in advance, or for more information.

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AIM Dashboard Update – Now Includes Fall 2012

What is the AIM Dashboard? The Academic Insights Management (AIM) Dashboard is a source of information for review and evaluation of departmental activity. It was developed with the purpose of assisting administrators in planning as well as managing the scope and direction of university departments. The information is updated annually after the Fall Census date. It is a valuable resource for MSU staff and faculty seeking information about their respective departments. It now contains Fall 2012 data.

You can use the AIM Dashboard aimcapturetrack down your department’s student headcount, degrees conferred, credit hour production, first fall to second fall retention, faculty characteristics, and a whole range of other information.

If you need any help exploring the AIM Dashboard, feel free to contact the Office of Institutional Research at institionalresearch@missouristate.edu.

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2012-2013 Common Data Set Now Available

According to Wikipedia, “The Common Data Set is a product of the Common Data Set Initiative, “a collaborative effort among data providers in the higher education community and publishers as represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report.” The stated goal is to provide accurate and timely data to students and their families while decreasing the workload of administrators. In producing their popular publications and rankings, these publishers “ask the same core questions” of institutions using the Common Data Set to define those questions and their responses. These data are also used in public accountability efforts such as the Voluntary System of Accountability’s [VSA’s] College Portrait.”

Missouri State University’s new Common Data Set (CDS) is now available on the OIR website.

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