The Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support at VCU consists of two units: Enterprise Analytics and Advanced Research, and Planning and Institutional Effectiveness.


Empower decision makers, enhance institutional effectiveness and maintain compliance through accurate, accessible, and actionable data and analyses.


Facilitate a complete view of information use and consumption to become VCU’s “go-to” partner for Institutional Research and decision support.


Excellence through integrity, collaboration, and innovation supported by diverse skills, perspectives, and experience.

Institutional Functions

Our operational work revolves around compliance reporting, information access, and accreditation. A sampling of common university functions completed by our office are listed below:

  • Compile and submit IPEDS and other compliance reporting for regional, state, and bodies
  • Support, enhance, and report on student learning outcomes and administrative support services assessment
  • Structure and administer the institution’s strategic plan
  • Connect internal and external stakeholders with institutional data and research
  • Structure and administer institutional survey data use and protocols

Our strategic work focuses on achieving institutional priorities in collaboration with partners across the university. A sampling of current strategic efforts - done in collaboration with our university partners - is listed below: 

  • Establish, implement, and monitor the university’s administrative assessment activities to ensure transparency and strategic alignment of institutional priorities and funds
  • Connect the university community with institutional research data through self-service portals and division-level dashboards to empower data-informed decision-making
  • Establish, implement, and support an expanded, integrated planning model to ensure alignment among the major university functions with strategic priorities
  • Establish, implement, and support the university’s data and information management efforts to expand access to accurate, and timely information
  • Establish, implement, and support the institutional survey strategy to ensure use and access