Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Welcome to our website.  As the institutional research arm of Georgia Southern, we hope our FAQ information will give you more insight into our role for the University.

Note. Click on a question for the answer. Click again to close.

What is Strategic Research and Analysis?

At Georgia Southern University, Strategic Research and Analysis references institutional research. Institutional research is research conducted within an institution of higher education to provide information which supports institutional planning, policy formation and decision making.

Source: Saupe, Joe L. (1990). The Functions of Institutional Research. 2nd Edition. Retrieved from http://www.airweb.org/EducationAndEvents/Publications/Pages/FunctionsofIR.aspx

What are the functions of Strategic Research and Analysis at Georgia Southern University?

The Office of Strategic Research and Analysis serves as the primary source of institutional-related data for the University. The office collects, manages, and provides accurate and timely data in support of the University’s strategic plans and decision making. Some of the office’s responsibilities include:

  • Providing support to facilitate the collection, analysis, interpretation, and presentation of institutional-related] data on projects as identified.
  • Gathering and analyzing environmental information for the institution.
  • Providing staff support to facilitate the formulation and implementation of strategic and operational planning for the institution.
  • Preparing and publishing internal and external reports on the institution’s performance and the environment in which it functions.
  • Conducting ad hoc studies and creating reports as requested.
  • Conducting routine analyses of institutional operation.
Where is the Office of Strategic Research and Analysis located?
Brannen Hall (right beside the baseball field), Second Floor, Offices 2015 – 2021
Where can I find an organizational chart for Georgia Southern University?
To navigate to the organizational chart,  click the “Campus Resources” tab on the menu bar located at the top of this page.
Is there a Fact Book for the University?

The Office of Strategic Research and Analysis creates a University Fact Book and a Graduate Studies Fact Book every year. The University Fact Book is released in the fall semester and the Graduate Studies Fact Book is released in the spring semester.

To navigate to the University and Graduate Studies Fact Books:

  • click the “Facts and Figures” tab
  • select “Fact Books and IPEDS Reports
  • Finally, select the Fact Book you wish to view by selecting the “University Fact Books” or “Graduate Studies Fact Books” tab.
Does Georgia Southern University have a Common Data Set (CDS)?

The Office of Strategic Research and Analysis updates the CDS for the University every fall semester. The CDS “initiative is a collaborative effort among four major publishers (The College Board, Peterson’s, U.S. News, and Wintergreen/Orchard House) and the educational community to develop a set of standard data and data definitions for use in surveys that gather information for college guidebooks, ranking, and other resources for prospective students. The purpose is to improve the quality and consistency of information and thus allow potential students to make more accurate comparisons between schools.

To navigate to the CDS files:

  • click the “Facts and Figures” tab located at the top of this page
  • select “Common Data Set
Where are the retention, progression, and graduation rates?

Every fall semester, the Office of Strategic Research and Analysis updates the retention, progression, and graduation rates.

To navigate to the retention, progression, and graduation rates:

  • click the “Facts and Figures” tab located at the top of this page
  • select “Retention, Progression, and Graduation Rates/Degrees Awarded
  • Finally, select the tab for the rates you wish to view “Retention Rates” or “Progression Rates” or “Graduation Rates” or “Degrees Awarded”.  Please note that there are several reports under each tab.
Where can I find the enrollment data for the University?

The Office of Strategic Research and Analysis updates the enrollment data every fall, spring, and summer semester.

To navigate to the enrollment data:

  • click the “Facts and Figures” tab located at the top of this page
  • select “Enrollment Data
  • click the “Enrollment by Semester” link to display “Specific Enrollment Data”
  • click the Fall Enrollment” link to display “Summary Enrollment Data for Fall Semesters ” or “Selected Fall Semester Student Demographics For the last Five Years” or the “Fall Enrollment Analysis
What are the official enrollment census dates?
The term census date refers to a point at which a “snapshot” is taken of student enrollments to establish the University’s “official enrollment” for reporting purposes. Census dates are set by the University System of Georgia (USG) – Board of Regents (BOR) and are available on the web at http://www.usg.edu/research/data_reporting_systems/academic_data_mart.
Where is the Degrees Awarded information?

The Office of Strategic Research and Analysis updates the Degrees Awarded data in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Please note that the “Comprehensive program review (CPR) Degrees Awarded” data are updated annually.

To navigate to the Degrees Awarded data:

    • click the “Facts and Figures” tab and
    • select “Retention, Progression, and Graduation Rates/Degrees Awarded”.
    • Finally, select the “Degrees Awarded” tab. The only links you need to view on this tab are listed and explained below.
      1. Degrees Awarded – by term (summer, fall, and spring) and Race/Gender (last semester is always the latest available)
      2. Comprehensive program review (CPR) Degrees Awarded – Demographics by College, Major, Degree, and Fiscal Year
Where do I submit a work request?
Before you submit a request, please view our web links (i.e., Enrollment, Fact Book, Graduation Rates, Retention Rates, Organization Charts, Common Data Set, etc.) to determine if the information you are seeking may already exist. If you do not find what you need, you may submit a request by clicking on the “Request” link under “Request Form” located in the right column of this web page. 

Last updated: 11/18/2013

Office of Strategic Research and Analysis • P.O. Box 8126 • (912) 478-5218 • sraoffice@georgiasouthern.edu