The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment is responsible for collecting, organizing, analyzing and reporting historical and current data about Hamilton College and peer institutions to support college planning, assessment, and overall effectiveness. The Office participates in the Higher Education Data Sharing (HEDS) Consortium and is a member of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium. Additionally, as members of the Association of Institutional Research (link), the staff adheres to the Association's Code of Ethics (link).
Current Projects & Activities
We are working on some exciting projects this Spring!
- At the beginning of the Semester, we will be administering the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to the current class of first-year students and seniors. NSSE results will provide insight into what students gain from their time at Hamilton and will help the College improve its overall program. First-year students and seniors will receive invitations to participate at the beginning of the Spring semester.
- We are also excited to be working with the Dean of Students Office to administer the Your First College Year Survey (YFCY) for the first time this year. With the YFCY, we hope to gain a better understanding of the academic and personal development of students specifically through their frist year. First-year students will receive invitations to participate in this survey after Spring Break.
- Additionally, in conjunction with the Hamilton College Library, we will be collecting some longitudinal data on student research practices from this year’s senior class in the Research Practices Survey. The current senior class was invited to participate in this survey at the beginning of their first-year and again at the end of their sophomore year. This year’s survey will provide a third set of data for this same cohort. Data from these surveys, which is a survey administered by the HEDS Consortium, will allow us to understand if and how students have improved their information literacy skills over the course of their time at the College.
To see some of the other OIR projects and activities in which we participate, please click here.
Code of Ethics
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