Institutional Research and Planning

The mission of Institutional Research and Planning is to facilitate continuous improvement through the use of data as information to support institution-wide decision making, planning, and organizational effectiveness. 

Our primary functions are to:

  • respond to federal, state and accreditation compliance mandates;
  • provide timely and accurate data to internal and external constituents;
  • guide interdepartmental collaboration to promote improved business processes and data integrity;
  • support academic program review; and
  • develop, collect, and communicate measures of institutional effectiveness.

Institutional Research and Planning is your best source at USD for student- and faculty-related data, including:

  • admissions and enrollment (including majors and minors);
  • student credit hours and full time equivalents (FTE);
  • financial aid and student expenses;
  • retention and graduation rates; and
  • demographics.