The primary mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to support the college’s management, decision-making, and planning processes.
Internal research requests from Bates employees
The Office of Institutional Research strives to be as responsive as possible to the research needs of all college employees. To achieve the highest level of support, research requests should be submitted in writing using the Research Request Outline Form.Upon receipt of the request, the office will determine if the information requested might already be available in some published form. If so, the information will be provided as quickly as possible. If the information requested is not already available, and would require additional time and effort, we will contact you to develop a research plan or discuss alternatives.For all internal requests, please review the Guidelines for Research Involving Human Subjects.
Research requests from external agencies
External agencies and individuals requesting either new research or copies of existing and publicly available data should make an initial request. Staff that receive a request to the college for data or information that is not part of a routine and established reporting process should report the request to the Office for Institutional Research. This enables the college to track the requests, record the data and information being circulated, and ensure that correct and ethical research practice is applied. Entities making new, unusual or significant requests for data and information should be directed to the Office for Institutional Research. A detailed review of research procedures can be found here: Research Procedures.
Bates Technical College is in the process of implementing a comprehensive institutional assessment model. The model has several components and assesses the effectiveness of all aspects of college programs and services including credit and non-credit instruction, student services, and administrative and support services. The major components of the model are as follows:
- Research-driven assessments of support services and functions, with a particular focus on student experience and impact on student achievement.
- A three-year cycle of comprehensive program review, enabling each program to integrate their instructional and industrial requirements into a single research and assessment process. This will be complemented by a simplified annual update and review process for each program.
Institutional Research and Educational Systems work closely with the Assessment Committee in all aspects of developing the model. This ensures that the model reflects good research and evaluation practice, supports the college’s accreditation requirements, brings together all the relevant available data and information, but most of all that it continues to reflect the needs and expectations of Bates students.