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Office of Institutional Research

Office of Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) at Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) conducts research studies and publishes reports that help faculty, administrators, policymakers, and community leaders advance students’ access to and success within and beyond the College. OIR produces NOVA’s annual Fact Book, which presents data (both College-wide and by campus) on the College’s student enrollment, graduates and transfers, finances and facilities, personnel, student services, community education, and international students. OIR also produces numerous research reports each year that address standard and special topics pertaining to the College’s educational activities and programs.

Areas of Focus

Data/Data Analysis

OIR is the official resource for key NOVA institutional data. The Office is responsible for federal and state reporting requirements. OIR ensures data integrity at the College; the Office also provides data to and conducts data analysis for the College’s president, the College Board, senior administrators, committees, and external constituents. OIR publishes institutional information about NOVA regularly on this website.

Research Studies

OIR conducts research studies and publishes its findings in research reports and briefs, data dashboards, and fact sheets. Studies cover a wide range of subjects that focus on students’ access to and success at NOVA. Periodically, OIR also conducts environmental analyses, such as studies of regional demographic changes, labor market trends, and local business and economic development needs.

Research Support

OIR provides research support to faculty, staff, and students. OIR researchers develop survey instruments and use quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research to analyze and evaluate data. The Office also provides consultative support to NOVA-affiliated faculty, staff, and other stakeholders who are writing grant proposals, conducting statistical analyses, tracking student performance, and completing doctoral research studies.

Special Initiatives

OIR conducts special studies at the request of both the College president and the Administrative Council. Special studies include changing community college enrollment patterns, evaluations of services at NOVA, and needs assessments that support policy decisions. OIR also takes a leadership role in supporting major College and nationwide programs including Achieving the Dream (ATD), the Gallup Well-Being Index, and the Opportunity Insights CLIMB Initiative.

Enrollment Planning

OIR maintains NOVA’s official enrollment data, monitors enrollment trends at the College, and provides enrollment targets to NOVA’s campuses for planning purposes. NOVA also monitors national enrollment trends at community colleges across four-year institutions.