Planning and Institutional Research

The Office of Planning and Institutional Research (OPIR) facilitates data-informed decision-making in support of student and institutional success. Learn more about our office.

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Institutional Research

OPIR serves as the primary source for institutional data at Penn State Altoona. The office collects, analyzes, interprets, and reports data and information in support of institutional decision-making and policy formulation. We also assist campus stakeholders with the development, administration, and analysis of surveys.

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Strategic Planning

OPIR provides comprehensive support for strategic planning at Penn State Altoona. We create templates for college-, division-, and unit-level planning and assist with the development and analysis of performance metrics. We also have expertise in the facilitation of strategic planning exercises.

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OPIR works with the College’s assessment committee to coordinate institutional assessment activities. We also offer survey support and assist with program evaluation and the assessment of student learning outcomes.

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OPIR promotes campus improvement efforts by providing data, change management, and planning consultation. We also collaborate with faculty, staff, and administration on the planning and implementation of campus-wide strategic initiatives.

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Tools and Resources

If you are unable to find the information that you are looking for on our website or would like to request our services, please complete the Date Request Form. Penn State's Data Digest provides overview information in various areas, including undergraduate admissions, student enrollment, graduation and retention, alumni earnings and employment, and more.