Institutional Research
Assessment and Research Assistance

Assessment and Research Assistance

The Office of Institutional Research provides assistance to individuals, departments, and offices who are:

1) Conducting surveys, focus groups, or other similar projects with Miami University students, faculty or staff for research or assessment purposes.

2) Seeking data to complete external surveys about their department or program (e.g., surveys from professional associations or college guidebooks).


Assessment and Research Using Miami University Students, Alumni, Faculty or Staff as Participants

If you are conducting research or assessment at Miami University, the Office of Institutional Research can provide contact information for random samples of students, alumni, faculty or staff.

While not required, it is recommended that individuals who are administering large surveys or assessments (i.e., invitations sent to 100+ individuals from Miami) either obtain the project sample from the Office of Institutional Research or, at a minimum, notify Institutional Research of the project. Miami students, faculty, staff, and alumni receive multiple requests each semester to participate in research projects and assessments. Collaborating with Institutional Research can increase your response rates by reducing the likelihood of participants receiving invitations to multiple projects at the same time.

If you are seeking student directory information for purposes other than research or assessment, please submit your request to the Office of the Registrar at

To request a random sample of emails for your project, please use the Sample Request Form. Before submitting your request, please review the Sample Request Guidelines. If you have an IRB approval letter, please have it available for upload when you complete the request form.


Data for External Surveys of Miami University Departments or Programs

If you are seeking data to complete external surveys about your department or program, the following sources are a good place to begin.

The Common Data Set
The Common Data Set (CDS) includes data on admissions, student enrollment, faculty, class size, financial aid and other areas. Miami University's CDS includes data for the Oxford campus only and is available online beginning with the 1998-1999 academic year.
Common Data Set

Descriptions of Miami University
External surveys of departments and programs occasionally ask participants to provide written descriptions of their institution. Miami University's Office of Marketing Communications has provided descriptions of varying lengths that should be used to complete such surveys.
Descriptions of Miami University

The Fact Book
The Fact Book is a compilation of data about the university and is produced annually. The Fact Book typically includes information on Admissions, Enrollment, Graduation and Retention Rates, Degrees Granted, Tuition and Financial Aid, Faculty and Staff, and Finances. Unlike the Common Data Set, the Fact Book includes information on all Miami University campuses. The Fact Book is available online beginning with the 2004-2005 academic year.
Fact Book


Contact Us
If you would like additional assistance in completing an institutional survey, please contact us at


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Office of Institutional Research
221 Roudebush Hall
501 E. High St.
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-7095