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Institutional Research Graduate Certificate

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Program Coordinator/Certificate in IR
ircertificate@coe.fsu.edu
(850) 644-6777

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The Certificate in Institutional Research at The Florida State University is an online Certificate program designed to provide academic and professional development opportunities for institutional researchers, administrators, graduate students, and faculty from all areas of higher education. Students will have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and understanding of institutional research, explore institutional, state, and national databases, and apply their knowledge to practical situations.

Accreditation

Regionally accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

Method of Delivery

Internet

Careers

The certificate is designed to provide academic and professional development opportunities for institutional researchers, administrators, graduate students, and faculty from all areas of higher education.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • EDH5042 Student Success In College (3)
    This course examines the theories and research on student success and explores effective policies, programs, and practices that can be adopted to promote student success in higher education.
  • EDH5055 Introduction to Institutional Research (3)
    This course provides an introduction to institutional research as a discipline in higher education. Course content is addressed within the context of organizational, administrative, political and ethical issues in institutional research. Practical experience with research databases and insights from current practitioners in the field are integrated into the course content.
  • EDH5068 Outcomes of Undergraduate Education (3)
    This course develops a historical and theoretical foundation for conceptualizing outcomes of undergraduate education. It considers theoretical, technical, and policy issues in the assessment of these outcomes.
  • EDH5645 Data Driven Decision Making for Institutional Researchers (3)
    This course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical application of data-driven decision making for institutional researchers. This course focuses on how to collect, analyze, review, and present data and information to decision makers.
  • EDH5646 Data Mining (3)
    This course introduces the basic theories and practice of data mining, a process which allows for large amounts of data to be analyzed in a sequential and logical process.
  • EDH5941 Field Laboratory Internship (1-8)
    May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Total Credit Hours

18

Prerequisites

Completion of a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution.

Application Procedures

Applications for the Certificate in Institutional Research are accepted on a continuous basis. However, it is recommended that students begin the program in the summer with the Introduction to Institutional Research course. Applications are evaluated by the program coordinator and the program director using the following criteria:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution.
  2. Evidence of ability to meet program goals and objectives.
  3. Research interests and experience.

Note: Lack of experience in institutional or educational research will not negate acceptance. Research interests and the potential for professional development are major considerations in the application evaluation process. To apply to the Certificate in Institutional Research program, please fill out the application form below and email it to the Program Coordinator.

Florida State University Certificate in Institutional Research Application

Program Requirements

The Certificate program consists of 18 credit hours of graduate-level coursework in three areas of study:

  • Institutional Research Theory and Practice
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Educational Research

Students may transfer in up to six (6) elective credits from graduate-level courses in Research and/or Statistics.

Curriculum Information

Fees

The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

  • EDH5055 Introduction to Institutional Research (3)
    This course provides an introduction to institutional research as a discipline in higher education. Course content is addressed within the context of organizational, administrative, political and ethical issues in institutional research. Practical experience with research databases and insights from current practitioners in the field are integrated into the course content.
  • EDH5068 Outcomes of Undergraduate Education (3)
    This course develops a historical and theoretical foundation for conceptualizing outcomes of undergraduate education. It considers theoretical, technical, and policy issues in the assessment of these outcomes.
  • EDH5646 Data Mining (3)
    This course introduces the basic theories and practice of data mining, a process which allows for large amounts of data to be analyzed in a sequential and logical process.
  • EDH5941 Field Laboratory Internship (1-8)
    May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Fall 2017 Course Offerings

  • EDH5042 Student Success In College (3)
    This course examines the theories and research on student success and explores effective policies, programs, and practices that can be adopted to promote student success in higher education.
  • EDH5647 Data Analysis for Institutional Research (3)
    This course focuses on key functions in Excel and SPSS for an IR office. In particular, students learn pivot tables, t-tests, regression, and commonly used formulas in Excel. Assignments are in Excel and replicated on SPSS so that students could perform the analysis in either software. Using institutional research data from IPEDS or other data sources, students learn how to complete and interpret an analysis that is appropriate for an IR office and campus stakeholders. Access to SPSS is required and is the student's responsibility. A prerequisite to this course is a basic understanding of statistics as statistics is not taught.
  • EDH5941 Field Laboratory Internship (1-8)
    May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours.


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