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Institutional Research

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Frederick D. Loomis, Associate Professor and Coordinator
Center for the Study of Higher Education
400 Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-5553
Fax: 814-865-8367

The primary goal of the program is to improve the skills of institutional researchers on college and university campuses. The curriculum includes research design, assessment and evaluation of student and faculty issues, and the integration of strategic planning with institutional finance. All candidates are required to take 15 credits of coursework in Higher Education including HI ED 801: Foundations of Institutional Research, and HI ED 830: Designing Institutional Research Studies. Students may include up to 6 credits in statistics as part of their program of study for the Institutional Research certificate.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.  Students are expected to have prior knowledge of introductory statistics.



  • 801. Foundations of Institutional Research (3)
  • 830. Designing Institutional Research Studies (3)

ELECTIVES (select three)


  • 552. Administration in Higher Education (3)
  • 556. Higher Education Students and Clientele (3)
  • 595. Internship in Higher Education (3)
  • 596. Individual Studies (3)
  • 810. Planning and Resource Management in Higher Education (3)
  • 820. Studying Students and Student Affairs Programs (3)
  • 840. Assessing Student Outcomes and Evaluating Academic Programs (3)
  • 850. Analyzing Faculty Workload, Performance, and Compensation (3)
  • 860. Conducting Enrollment Management Studies (3)


  • 500. Applied Statistics (3)
  • 501. Regression Methods (3)

Effective Date: Summer Session 2014
Expiration Date: Spring Semester 2019

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-06

Review Date: 04/08/2014



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