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Need for institutional research and assessment professionals

Nationally, every postsecondary institution employs trained institutional research and assessment professionals. These positions range from research data analysts to directors of institutional assessment to vice-presidents of institutional effectiveness. SDSU’s graduate certificate in institutional research and assessment in higher education 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. Institutional research and assessment professionals support academic planning, decision making, accreditation and assessment for academic institutions, while also maintaining reporting requirements for external agencies and organizations.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are an analytical, logical thinker.
  • Are curious and enjoy solving problems.
  • Enjoy validating, organizing, and analyzing data.
  • Want to make a positive difference at a postsecondary institution.
  • Enjoy creating data visualizations and communicating results.

Career Opportunities

  • Research data analysts
  • Data visualization developer
  • Senior statistician
  • Business intelligence analyst
  • Assessment coordinator
  • Survey specialist
  • Reporting and data management specialist
  • Director of institutional assessment
  • Director of institutional research
  • Director of strategic analytics