The office of Institutional Research within Academic Affairs unit uses internal and external data sources to provide accurate, appropriate, and timely information intended to help BHSU fulfill its vision of being recognized as a high quality, innovative university in the state, Greater Black Hills region, nation, and the world. The office provides data to fulfill mandatory state and federal reporting requirements. All these activities are designed to ensure that the office provides consistent, complete, and accurate data to BHSU constituents. Please note that there may be restrictions on availability and access given the proprietary nature of the data.
The office generates an annual BHSU Factbook, provides data support for program reviews, and conducts ad hoc analyses enabling data-driven decision-making. Examples of data provided and analyses performed include:
Changes in course-taking patterns
Enrollment headcounts by major and minor areas of study
Graduation and retention studies
IPEDS reporting (National Center for Education Statistics, US Department of Education)