In IR&DS we are in the business of providing information. We’re pretty serious and purposeful about providing data, but we’d like to provide some interesting tidbits, just because, well, they are interesting!
See if you know the answers to the following trivia questions, and then hit “Read more” to see the answers.
1. How many courses (approximately) does Stanford offer during the academic year?
2. How many student residences and dining halls does Stanford have?
3. How many students were enrolled in the most highly enrolled class for Fall 2010?
4. What percentage of undergraduate students received financial aid in 2009-10 from both internal and external sources?
5. How many pianos are in Stanford dorm lounges?
In December, IR&DS staff took time out from the usual daily frenzy of email, data, and phone calls to do some thinking about the purpose and vision of IR&DS. The group examined the current and ever-changing landscape for higher education, Stanford, and technology and thought about how this landscape affects our work. (more…)
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Last year several de-centralized elements of institutional research from around the university were centralized into a single organization called ‘Institutional Research and Decision Support’ .
This new organization brought together the Decision Support Services unit in the Provost’s Office, along with institutional research analysts from the Registrar’s Office and Admissions and Financial Aid. In addition, a learning assessment and program evaluation function was initiated with the hiring of Jenny Bergeron, in preparation for WASC accreditation next year. This took DSS from a modest group of 4 to a new group of 10, when fully staffed. (more…)
As discussed in this space last quarter, each year many proposals for funding of technology projects go before the Systems Governance Group (SGG) for discussion. These projects range from security and backup for Stanford’s data to enhancements to Stanford’s many administrative systems. (more…)