Analytics and Institutional Research

The Role of Our Office at the College

Analytics and Institutional Research (AIR) at Grinnell is charged with the collection and analysis of data to assist in strategic, academic, and administrative decisions and actions. We work closely with the Dean of the College in support of student learning assessment and we assist all campus offices in developing the culture and skills for analysis and a cycle of evaluation, decision-making, and re-evaluation. AIR coordinates external reporting of institutional data to government and other agencies; coordinates, schedules, and implements institutional surveys, serves as archivist/custodian of institutional data and analyses, and coordinates development of a data dictionary.

How We Do Our Work and Who You Should Call

We are a team of experienced researchers with complementary talents and skills who strive to work collaboratively with one another and others in innovative projects at Grinnell College. Our work is closely connected with that of the vice president for strategic planning at Grinnell and is intended to support the continuous planning model that is in place here through data-informed decision-making. To some degree, we are able to interchange roles though our particular interests and skills are described below. Leadership within our team is assumed by various team members depending upon specific tasks and associated goals. Please see the descriptions of skills, interests, and brief bios of our Staff to determine who to call when you need our help or have a question.

Catherine Renner, Associate Vice President
Call or email Catherine with questions about overall office services or new projects.

Carlie VanWilligen, Director of Institutional Research
Call or email Carlie with questions about available data from Grinnell and our peer schools, Grinnell’s externally reported data, surveys that target an institutional audience, support for department and faculty reviews, the end-of-course student ratings of instruction process, and whatever else you might be curious about.

Kaitlin Wilcox, Associate Director of Analytic Support
Call or email Kaitlin with questions about quantitative research and analysis, designing new evaluation or research projects, or questions about how to best visualize existing information.

Georgeanna Robinson, Associate Director of Qualitative Research
Contact Georgeanna with questions about and requests for qualitative research, including focus groups, interviews, and observational research.

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United States

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