The Office of Institutional Research informs the institution's decision-making and planning processes and guides the institution's strategic direction:
- serves as the office of record and the chief information clearinghouse for the institution;
- supplies timely and accurate information to the trustees, senior administrators, and faculty committees that will a) aid in understanding Dartmouth and its place among institutions of higher education, b) serve as a means for advancing strategic planning, policy setting, and evaluation, and c) provoke informed conversations about issues of higher education;
- provides consultation and support to college committees, staff and faculty regarding the availability, scope, and appropriate use of existing college data, and the collection of additional information when necessary;
- responds to requests for data from college offices and external requestors including other institutions of higher education and government agencies;
- contributes to the development of systems that will lead to the provision of timely, accurate, and consistent data about the College;
- promotes policies and practices that create a campus culture that ensures the effective and responsible collection and use of institutional data;
- coordinates, reviews and approves the institutional surveying of student, faculty, staff, and alumni populations;
- provides consultation on assessment, evaluation, survey design, sampling, and analysis;
- administers institutionally mandated surveys of Dartmouth populations including students, staff, faculty, and alumni.
The office reports to the Provost.