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23 October 2007

OIRA Publications Now Available Online


The Office of Institutional Research and Assessment announces availability of four on-line publications. JSU At a Glance,  Momentum,  the 2006-2007 Trustees Report to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, and the JSU Retention Study are now available online on the OIRA website (


At a Glance, the JSU Quick Facts, encapsulates vital information about enrollment at JSU and has been updated to reflect Fall 2007 data. In addition to general enrollment figures, At a Glance breaks out student demographics by undergraduate and graduate status, college, ethnicity and nationality, first-time freshmen and first-time transfer status, distance education and age. Full-time equivalency is also reported for undergraduate, graduate and overall.  To read At a Glance online, visit Facts/quickfactsfall07.pdf


Momentum, the OIRA newsletter, begins its second year of publication with this issue. The eight-page newsletter features articles about new PRISM updates, a guide and checklist for PRISM planning and reporting, assessment for non-academic units, first-year freshman retention at JSU, and results from OIRA’s recent evaluation. Regular features include updates on Program Review and the JSU Planning and Reporting Timeline.  To read the current Momentum online, visit


The 2006-2007 Trustees Report to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education is compiled by the Reporting Subcommittee of the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, chaired by Mr. Bill Hubbard, University Librarian.  The report, which was approved at the last Board of Trustees meeting, is online at to Trustees 2007 Final Final.pdf.


A recent study, First-Year Freshmen Retention at Jacksonville State University: Past, Present and Future, a report by Dr. Alicia Simmons, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment is located at Retention Study.pdf.  This report reviews past retention rates and makes recommendations for expanding the study of first-year freshmen retention at JSU.


For more information about OIRA publications or to suggest articles for future issues of Momentum, please call ext. 8144 or e-mail


Printed copies of all publications are available in the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, 203 Bibb Graves Hall.

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