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Office of Institutional Research

The purpose of the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) is to conduct analytical studies and provide information in support of institutional planning, policy formulation and decision making.

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.

Fact Book

The Fact Book presents information about enrollment, retention, graduation, transfer, budget, finance, personnel, workforce development and facilities.

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Standard Reports

Standard Reports are presentations of admissions, enrollment, retention, graduation and degree completion data.

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Special Reports

Special Reports offer longer, in-depth analyses of specific topics and data including survey research and environmental scans.

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Institutional Review Board

The goal of NOVA’s IRB is two-fold:

  1. Provide all community members with information, guidance, forms and related materials needed to secure IRB approval for human subject research.
  2. 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).

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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.

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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.

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