Research Request / Project Priorities

While it is our goal to meet all information requests effectively and in a timely manner, the realities of workload and staffing necessitate that the Office of Institutional Research must prioritize its activities.

While we endeavor to match our priorities among ongoing projects and ad hoc requests to the District’s mission, goals, and strategies, the following framework provides a more specific articulation of priorities: 

  1. Mandated external reporting that may impact District funding (e.g., IPEDS, 320, MIS, enrollment).

  2. Ad hoc requests from the Superintendent/President’s Office, members of the Executive Leadership Team, or the Board of Trustees.

  3. High-value, ad hoc, immediate requests, such as legislative requirements, grant reporting, recurring reports, or compliance. 

  4. Time-sensitive projects pertaining to the District at large, such as enrollment, information for strategic planning, program review, District-wide student surveys, and program/project evaluations. 

  5. Projects that are relevant to individual divisions or departments. 

  6. Lower-value ad hoc requests, service and advice to faculty, staff, and students on projects that pertain to individual endeavors (e.g., student contact lists for surveys or events). 

We invite you to view our live Research Requests Calendar to help you plan your data need requests.