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Institutional Research

The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IR&A) serves the college by providing high-quality, meaningful information and analyses needed to make data-driven decisions, build a culture of evidence, and to manage college operations effectively. The department is a resource for continuous improvement through:


Collaborates, guides, and provides resources for intentional assessment practices to encourage a college-wide culture of evidence.  The primary goal is to strengthen the quality of Aims' programs, services, operations, and processes, ultimately enhancing student learning, development, and success.

Institutional Research

Works collaboratively with all college community members in collecting, analyzing and distributing data and information to support institutional management, operations, decision-making, planning and external reporting functions. The office assists with systematically evaluating all areas of the college to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the institution.

The Executive Vice President, Russ Rothamer, oversees the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.

Data Dictionary

See core definitions of data elements or terms used by all areas of Aims Community College.

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Institutional Review Board

Aims encourages and supports the scholarly endeavors of students, faculty, and staff of the College. Pursuit of scholarly work and research will often involve the use of human subjects for data collection and analysis. The Aims Institutional Review Board (IRB) reviews human subject research proposals to protect the welfare of human subjects.

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Ensures that required federal, state, accreditation, and grant reporting is completed in an accurate and timely manner.

Primary Functions

Works with the accreditation team to ensure that all information needed for accreditation and compliance is provided in a timely fashion.

Institutional Research and Assessment Staff

Dedicated to providing information and analysis for the greater college community.