Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Institutional Research Interim Transition

March 7, 2018
Debra S. Larson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

On April 2, 2018, Institutional Research (IR) will transition on an interim basis from an independent unit in the Office of the Provost to the Information Resources (IRES) organization, a unit in Academic Affairs. This move is designed to support our WASC accreditation efforts and to enhance institutional reporting.

Since early January 2018, IR and IRES staff have been working intensely on a focused project to establish WASC-related student-success dashboards. This effort has demonstrated the importance of a close alignment of IR with the technical functions and capabilities of IRES. Significant progress has already been made through this team approach. I am confident we will experience even more progress with this transition. The team will showcase dashboards on April 17, 2018 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Colusa 100A. We hope you can attend.

Dr. Ben Juliano has graciously served as the Interim Chief Institutional Research Officer since October 2016. We are grateful for his dedication and service in this capacity. With the interim merging of IR into IRES, Dr. Juliano will be returning to the College of Engineering, Computer Science and Construction Management in fall 2018. Prior to the start of the fall semester, he will continue to work on accreditation-related matters and will assist in the transitioning of IR to IRES.

As it fits more with the purview of his position responsibilities and prior experience, Dr. Daniel Grassian, Vice Provost for Academic Programs, will immediately take on the role of Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) for Chico State. 

As a result of efficiencies we have achieved, the data warehouse team will work alongside Applications and Data Services within IR to continue building upon the developing synergies. This should expedite our efforts. I have asked Tom Rosenow to lead this effort on an interim basis beginning April 2, 2018.