Types of Reports
The Office of Institutional Research produces three main types of reports: an annual Fact Book, standard reports and special reports. The Fact Book serves as a reference for frequently requested information and statistics about the College. Standard reports are short presentations of basic data, such as enrollment and retention, made up of visuals and very little, if any, text. Special reports are more formal analyses of the data OIR collects and receives.
The Fact Book presents information about enrollment, retention, graduation, transfer, budget, finance, personnel, workforce development and facilities.
Standard Reports are presentations of admissions, enrollment, retention, graduation and degree completion data.
Special Reports offer longer, in-depth analyses of specific topics and data including survey research and environmental scans.
NOVA employees can submit data requests to OIR using SharePoint. In order to conduct any research using NOVA students, a research request must be submitted to NOVA’s Institutional Review Board.
NOVA faculty and staff may submit requests for specific data from OIR using the link below. Users will be asked to enter their NOVA ID and password.
Institutional Review Board
The goal of NOVA’s IRB is two-fold:
- Provide all community members with information, guidance, forms and related materials needed to secure IRB approval for human subject research.
- Review, approve, require modifications to or deny human subject research conducted at NOVA.
State and National Statistics
Various institutions and organizations outside of NOVA collect and report data on the College, such as the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Each year, NOVA sends data regarding institutional characteristics, student access and student success to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).
The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s coordinating body for higher education, and as such, collects data from all of Virginia’s postsecondary institutions.
NOVA is a member of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), and often uses the data it sends to and receives from VCCS to compare itself to its peer institutions across many metrics of student access and success.