The Office of Institutional Research strives to offer the Sweet Briar community timely analysis and information so as to inform decision-making and policy formulation and to support the College’s assessment and planning initiatives. The office also coordinates and oversees responses to external requests for information or data about the College.
Common Data Set
The Common Data Set (CDS) is a collaborative initiative between publishers and the higher education community to improve quality and accuracy of institution-specific data. Collected in each year’s CDS is the most commonly requested institutional data and information regarding admissions, enrollment, tuition and fees, financial aid, faculty demographics, and completions.
Since 2001, Sweet Briar College has participated regularly in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The survey asks student respondents (first-years and seniors) to reflect on the time they devote to various educational and co-curricular activities that have been shown to be linked to learning, personal development, and other desired outcomes such as satisfaction, persistence, and college completion.
College Navigator is a free consumer information tool that consists primarily of the latest data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES – the National Center for Education Statistics. College profiles include publicly available institutional data such as: programs offered, degrees awarded, retention and graduation rates, the price of attendance, and student aid availability.