Institutional Research & Analysis

Transforming Data Into Knowledge

The Office of Institutional Research & Analysis is the central source for information about the University of Denver. We serve the University's vision, values, mission, and goals by analyzing and reporting institutional data to inform University and unit-level planning and development.


The Office of Institutional Research & Analysis (IR) performs systematic, objective research and analysis to inform strategic planning, decision making, and policy development at the University. We employ a holistic understanding of the complex interaction between academic and business systems and processes to deliver timely, accurate information and insight to members of the DU community and promote the strategic use of data resources across campus.

Our mission is to advance access, equity, and success in higher education by working in partnership with stakeholders and University leadership to ensure an institutional culture of assessment, data strategy, and data-informed decision making.

How We Can Help

Our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds in higher education and the social sciences and have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Our areas of specialization include:

Advanced Analytics

Using statistical methods to explore relationships between variables and develop explanatory and predictive models.


Using quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods to help programs understand their effectiveness and make changes to improve over time.

Data Visualization

Using best practices to effectively communicate data through visualizations, dashboards, and automated reports.

Information Science

Using collaborative data management techniques to model, audit, and maintain data to facilitate institutional reporting and analysis.