Institutional Research

What is Institutional Research?

Institutional research or IR identifies information that the institution may need, and compiles and analyzes the data collected in order to make data-based decisions. IR works with all departments within the institution such as academics, admissions, and marketing in order to address any data needs the departments may require.

Who we are?

IR is a department within Northwestern Polytechnic University that focuses on compiling and analyzing institutional data to facilitate in the improvement of the institution.

What we do?

The Institutional Research (IR) Department’s mission is to provide data and insight for the institution to assist the institution in achieving student academic success. Data is disseminated to all departments as well as the Board of Directors in order to drive informed decision-making.

In addition, the IR Department collects and reports data for its governing bodies and accrediting agencies.

Institutional Data

Northwestern Polytechnic University is committed to student success and tracks graduation rates based on a student’s entering cohort. For the undergraduate programs, the entering cohort is determined utilizing the IPEDS Outcome Measures. For the graduate programs, the entering cohort is determined utilizing a methodology similar to the IPEDS Outcome Measures where first-time students are represented as first-time graduate students.


IPEDS is the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). At this time, NPU provide data to IPEDS on a voluntary basis as it does not participate in federal student aid programs. The IPEDS survey collects data on enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty and staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid, which is made available to students and parents through the College Navigator college search Web site and to researchers and others through the IPEDS Data Center.