Institutional Research and Effectiveness

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Institutional Research and Effectiveness2021-01-04T14:57:12+00:00

Purpose of the IRE

  • Provide timely and accurate research, analysis, and consultation necessary for planning and decision making to improve the institution
  • Respond to requests made by external accrediting bodies and organizations including federal and state agencies and higher education organizations
  • Support Ferrum College’s Mission through careful selection of methodologies to enhance strategic decisions for institutional effectiveness

Inquiries should be directed to:

Ursa Johnson, M.S.
Director, Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Institutional Research & Effectiveness Documents / Surveys

CDS: Common Data Set

The Common Data Set (CDS) contains institutional data that is typically requested by survey providers such as Peterson’s and U.S. News & World Report.  In an effort to minimize the labor to provide the same information to various surveys, the community of higher education created the Common Data Set Initiative.

2013 – 2014 PDF

2014 – 2015 PDF

2015 – 2016 PDF

2016 – 2017 PDF

2017 – 2018 PDF

2018 – 2019 PDF

2019 – 2020 PDF

2020 – 2021 PDF (Spring 2021)


Clery Act Information

The Campus Crime Statistics Report is completed annually in October in compliance with he Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.  The Clery Act is a federal law that requires institutions to provide campus crime data that occurs on and/or around their campuses.  This Act, established in 1990, is in response to the assault and murder of Jeanne Clery on April 5, 1986 in her residence hall.

The College maintains records of criminal activity in accordance with definitions used in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting system (UCR). Statistics (available at the Ferrum College Police Department Office) represent on campus, in or on non-campus building/property, on public property frequently used, dorms or residential facilities for students, and incidents where activities were recognized by Ferrum College. The Campus Police Department monitors and records data from its campus logs, Franklin County Sheriff’s office, Federal agencies, state agencies, other jurisdictions, and data from other campus and community security authorities (logs available at the Ferrum College Police Department Office; the Annual Security Report is available for PDF download in a web version or a print version).  For further information on the Clery Act, please follow this link.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) Survey

The EADA survey which is required by the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act, is completed annually in October, reporting for the previous year.  The purpose of the survey is to provide data regarding the institution’s intercollegiate athletic programs demonstrating that Ferrum College provides equitable athletic opportunities for men and women.  For further information on the EADA Survey results, please follow this link.  Per EADA guidelines this is updated prior to December 31.

Faculty and Staff

For Faculty and Staff, further data can be found on the IR Intranet; log-in will be required.  Follow this link to enter.

Strategic Plan 2015-2020

External Links and Resources

HEOA Disclosures and Student Consumer Information

SCHEV College Profile

HB886 Compliance
HB (House Bill) 886 was adopted during the regular sessions of the General Assembly in 2014. The bill requires SCHEV to disseminate to each public high school and each institution of higher education in the Commonwealth for which the Council has student-level data a link on its website to certain published postsecondary education and employment data. Further, it requires each institution of higher education to provide the link and each local school board to provide annual notice on its website to each enrolled high school student and his parents about the availability of such data.

Students and prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. Our profile is available