AU Institutional Assessment Plan:
AU Data Resources:
Academic Data Reference Book
The Academic Data Reference Book (ADRB) is published annually by the Office of Institutional Research & Assessment. Its goal is to provide the university community with reliable and useful information about enrollment, faculty, and related academic topics. You can access the latest addition of the ADRB below, or you can get more information on the ADRB page of the OIRA website.
Common Data Set
The Annual Survey of Colleges is a yearly survey of colleges, universities, vocational/technical, and graduate schools, the objective of which is obtain information that is important for potential students. It covers both the information that potential students want to know, and the information that the institutions feel that students should know. AU's results are available in the Common Data Set.
For more information, visit the website of the College Board.
External Data Resources:
The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is a postsecondary education data collection program. College Navigator is a web-based database containing specific information about 7,000 universities nation-wide. College Navigator is designed to help prospective college students and their parents distinguish the differences between universities and to assess the costs in attending these universities.
UCAN (University & College Accountability Network) is designed to give, in a common format, prospective students and their families concise, Web-based consumer-friendly information on the nation's nonprofit, private colleges and universities.
U.S. News "America's Best Colleges"
U.S. News and World Report offers its college rankings for parents and prospective students each year. To compare AU to other colleges and universities, see America's Best Colleges.
Assessing Strategic Plan:
Office of Institutional Research and Assessment has developed a comprehensive survey program designed to gather information about student backgrounds, and their experiences while at and after they graduate from American University. In addition, student satisfaction and evaluation information is also collected.
The following are descriptions of each of the surveys that are a part of the program, along with some of the most recent survey results.
In order to view many of these documents, you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader, which you can download for free here.