The process of administering a survey begins with having a question to ask. Surveys can measure a number of indicators, including student satisfaction as well as the availability and success of academic and social programming. The feedback received from students is vital in making informed decisions that affect student life.
Government agencies, national publications, and other schools want to know more about Brandeis. External requests for information include enrollment data, campus housing statistics, even the number of books we have in the library. The majority of requests are received by Institutional Research and responded to with the help of other departments around campus.
Institutional Research staff collect, analyze and report a wide variety of internal and external data about undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and academic and co-curricular programs at Brandeis University. These data are used to comply with federal reporting requirements (including the IPEDS report), to compare our institution with our peers on key indicators and to provide a convenient source of information to the public. The university also participates in the AAU Data Exchange.