Institutional research is an essential component of institutional health. The practice of institutional research allows a better understanding of many aspects of
the institution. Key Performance Indicators are those measurements that inform us about our institutional health in areas of student learning, fiscal health, and
support services. External reporting allows us to know how Western compares to national and statewide norms in terms of graduation rates, course completion rates,
and others. Participation in nationally-normed surveys provides us with a better understanding of student and employee satisfaction and engagement as compared to
Key Performance Indicators: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) help us to identify trends in the areas of enrollment, persistence, student course
success, student learning outcomes, completion, revenue and expenditures, employee satisfaction, and student satisfaction.
Fact Book: This annual publication provides detailed data on Western's KPIs. Designed primarily
with an "internal" audience in mind, this document should assist employees to provide accurate information when asked, and will help teams and working groups to have
a shared source of information for decision-making.
Annual Report: This annual publication is designed with the intent of sharing Western's successes
and opportunities with external stakeholders in the larger community. The Annual Report provides regular updates on enrollment, completion, athletics, employee
accomplishments, and new initiatives.
National Reporting Projects: Western participates in a variety of national reporting projects, which allow us to compare standard numbers such as
enrollment, retention, and completion, to national comparator groups.