2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Institutional Research and Assessment in Higher Education Certificate

Location(s): Brookings Main Campus

Program Coordinator/Contact

Kurt Cogswell, Department Head
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Chicoine Architecture, Mathematics and Engineering Hall 209, Box 2225

Program Information

The Institutional Research and Assessment in Higher Education Certificate enables students to explore fundamental concepts in institutional research and assessment. Students are introduced to knowledge and skills needed to access, manage, analyze, and use data in today’s complex higher education contexts. Data use for decision-making in higher education is critical for improving student success and institutional effectiveness. 

Relying on the both in-person and online offerings, the 15-credit graduate certificate provides students with coursework and professional training for higher education careers as institutional research (IR) and assessment professionals. This interdisciplinary certificate is a collaborative program drawing students from mathematics and statistics, student affairs/higher education administration, and social sciences.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing this certificate will:

  • Examine fundamental knowledge and skills for conducting institutional research and assessment in higher education.
  • Use appropriate data management and data analysis techniques to summarize data and interpret results.
  • Apply good practices of institutional research, assessment, and survey design to collect information related to institutional effectiveness, student outcomes, and compliance reporting.

Course Delivery Format

The program provides courses face to face on campus and online.

Statistics & Analytics - Select from the following:

Select two courses from the list below. Credits: 6

Total Required Credits: 15

Additional Admission Requirements

TOEFL: 71 Internet-based
TOEFL Essentials: 7.5
IELTS: 6.0
Duolingo: 100

Please refer to the following for additional information: Graduate School Admissions

Additional Information

Students enrolled in SDSU certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at www.sdstate.edu (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or finaid@sdstate.edu.