The Institutional Research Unit (IRU)
plays a pivotal role in assessing institutional effectiveness by gathering
relevant data from all University units and performing extensive analysis and
periodical reporting to facilitate data-driven strategic decisions.
The mission of the Institutional
Research Unit is to support planning, decision-making and assessment. It is a
service oriented unit that provides information for policy and management
decisions for campus academic units, administrative units, and students and
proposes alternative solutions to support the decision-making process. We also
serve as an official point-of-contact for campus statistics.
The scope of the Unit's
responsibility is University-wide. The Unit provides official reporting to the
entire University community including the Board
of Trustees, the Colleges and
their departments, and other
academic and administrative units. The Unit also assumes the responsibility of
generating and supervising the development of official University data
The objectives of the IRU
- Collecting, analyzing, distributing, and assisting in the use of
information about the University’s students, alumni, faculty, and
- Assisting in the analysis, interpretation, organization and maintenance
of institutional data for decision-making and planning.
- Distributing standard and customary information in both traditional and
- Providing specific information required for program review as well as
studies and reports requested by colleges, departments, and other administrative
- Analyzing and disseminating periodical reports on the activities of the
University’s units, programs and services.
- Using standard performance indicators, related to students, staff,
research, and finance to assess and compare University of Sharjah
characteristics and performance nationally and internationally.
The Office of Institutional Research
coordinates with all programs at the University. Each program
performs a detailed evaluation of its effectiveness using a variety of
assessment tools. Results of these assessments are used to establish actions
intended to improve program(s). Program assessment results and correlated action
plans are forwarded to the Office of Institutional Research on a yearly basis
for analysis, thereby allowing for appropriate modifications in institutional
resources, programs and services.