University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Department of Financial Aid
Associate Policy & Planning Analyst with working title
Institutional Research Analyst
The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
This full-time academic staff position works with administrators, faculty, and staff to analyze data and publish reports that measure and document the performance of the University of Wisconsin River Falls. The IR Analyst coordinates and provides responses to data requests from UW System and external entities. The IR Analyst also works with faculty to support research efforts; administrators to support and measure efforts towards meeting institutional goals and engages in individual research and analysis to answer ad hoc inquiries. The IR Analyst follows a methodology for documenting data requests and maintains procedures for obtaining data in a consistent manner and replicating results for periodic reports.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide Support for University Decision Making:
Prepares analytical information needed by university leaders for evaluation, assessment, planning, and management decisions. Conducts data gathering, cleansing, analysis and reporting on projects which range from complex institutional research projects to standardized reports. Consults with requesting entity to define project, performs extraction of data from information systems, tabulates and analyses information, prepares reports, and presents findings to leadership groups. Conducts regularly scheduled analysis to update retention statistics, monitor enrollment trends and project graduation rates and time-to-degree. Conducts an annual study of academic unit performance in support of the Program Prioritization and Program Audit and Review process. Regularly updates quantitative information about the University on the Institutional Research web site.
Provide Data, Reports, and Support for External Organizations:
Develops reports on institutional data and university activities to meet mandatory federal, state, UW system and accreditor reporting requirements. Develops, coordinates, collects data and prepares responses for entities such as the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, the National Postsecondary Student Aid study, the UW System Central Data Request, the Common Data Set and other standardized data collection activities. Develop and maintain a calendar of required data submissions and establish project teams to insure timely submission of complete and accurate data.
Serves as the administrator of survey software tools (e.g. Qualtrics) used by the university. Trains and supports faculty, staff, and students in the use of appropriate survey software tools. Implements policies and procedures related to campus surveys.
Distributed Data Gathering and Analysis Support
Assist users of data analysis tools on campus to collect and correctly analyze data and information. Serve as the subject matter expert for the analytical use of various data sources and tools. Answer questions and provide assistance for staff developing ad hoc queries and reports. Provide information support for the University assessment lead. Serve on the PS Leads committee and evaluate how changes to the PeopleSoft transactional system will affect the extract, transformation and loading of transactional data to the data warehouse and whether changes in existing queries will become necessary.
Accreditation and Certification Support:
Work with ad hoc and standing committees and University administrators to provide data, reports and analyses in support of institutional accrediting, certification and eligibility for such organizations as the U.S. Department of Education, the State of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin System, the Higher Learning Commission and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Provides appropriate representation on university committees (e.g. Assessment Committee, PP-PAR Ad Hoc Committee, Academic Affairs Directors Committee, Business Intelligence Committee, Strategic Enrollment Management Team, Tech Council Committee)
Other duties as assigned