Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning

Position Overview

The Associate Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning is a strategist and analyst responsible for developing and leading the Office of Institutional Research and Planning team within the Office of Academic Affairs and serves as a campus-wide resource for institutional data.

50% Provides thought leadership in building a data-informed decision culture at Ohio State University by championing and collaborating with campus stakeholders in broadening data sharing, data governance, actionable insight development, and professional skill development.

Develops and implements a multi-year plan for growing and maintaining Ohio State’s analytic and data capabilities relative to institutional data.

Provides leadership for institutional research, mandatory reporting, academic planning, accreditation, assessment, program review, business analytics and other data-focused decision-support activities.

Leads a team that supports strategic, academic, and budgetary planning and decision-making through analytics, including the presentation and distribution of relevant and timely information, policy analyses, peer comparisons, and projections of future trends.

30% Enables the institution to develop increasing maturity in research, statistical and predictive analysis, and reporting in support of campus leaders and decision makers.

Ensures that data and analytical insights are presented professionally and formatted for multiple constituencies with a strong bias toward data visualization.  Builds and maintains an innovative website for institutional data.

20% Prepares comparative analyses of Ohio State to peer institutions as a context for planning and decision-making, policy development, and reviews.

Responds to internal and external requests for analytic information about Ohio State’s academic people, programs, structures, and curriculum.

Follows professional ethical standards for conducting research, reporting, and disseminating data including security of data and protecting privacy, and the Association of Institutional Research Statement of Ethical Principles:

Examples of Work Portfolio

IR and reporting

  • OSU statistical summary/fact book/data digest (student, faculty, staff, budget)
  • Common data set
  • IPEDS, HLC, federal and state – Coordinates federal, state and other required reports
  • Ensures that the institution is in compliance with all reporting requirements; interprets guidelines and definitions; analyzes and submits data to institutional as mandated
  • Liaison with and data exchange support to AAU Data Exchange, Academic Analytics, professional societies and association, as well as Big Ten and other peer institutions
  • Rankings


  • 10-year University Higher Learning Commission accreditation
  • Mid-term Higher Learning Commission report
  • Annual departmental learning outcomes reports


  • Academic program reviews
  • 4-year academic center reviews
  • Campus-wide survey research coordination and sampling optimization
  • Academic Affairs dashboards and college profiles

Data science and advanced analytics

  • Learning analytics
  • Strategic faculty recruitment and preemptive retention efforts
  • Enrollment projections and strategic growth modeling

Experience Requirements

  • Effective at engaging students, faculty, and staff and other decision makers as key consumers and clients of institutional research.  Demonstrated collaborative style working across institutional boundaries.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience in institutional research, program assessment, strategic planning and data management and analytics.
  • Expertise in data assets and their use in higher education and has both advanced training and a record of achievements in using data evidence to promote a data-informed decision culture.
  • Deep understanding of the trends, new developments, and competitive dynamics of higher education.
  • Demonstrated breadth of knowledge and experience that is commensurate with Ohio State’s comprehensive array of enterprise assets including the academic campus, regional campuses, medical center and affiliated entities
  • A record of publications and/or presentations in national and regional professional and academic journals and meetings
  • Demonstrated success in recruiting, hiring, and retaining staff and successfully managing a team and creating a positive team culture.

Additional Information

Please submit letter of interest and resume by September 6, 2022

Proposed salary range: $211,000-$258,000

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