The primary function of the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Strategy (IRPS) is to inform and guide planning and evaluation. IRPS conducts empirical research and statistical and qualitative analyses for institutional decision-making and planning. It has responsibility for the development, maintenance, and analysis of institutionally relevant information in support of the College's planning, assessment, and decision-making activities. The Director serves as a resource person for the College’s Planning and Budget Council (PBC), the Admissions and Financial Aid Committee (AFAC) and other campus committees.
IRPS analyzes data drawn from the administrative data systems of the College and conducts and analyzes surveys of students, alumni, faculty and staff, and parents. A secondary or derivative function of IRPS is providing statistics and analyses that are relevant for the public; governmental legislative and regulatory entities; the COFHE and HEDS consortia to which Trinity belongs; guidebooks; and prospective and current donors, grantors, and students. Many of these statistics are available in the factbook on the IRPS website.
IRPS reports to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, and its "agenda," is developed in consultation with the Dean of Faculty and other senior officers of the College. Many of the most important planning and evaluation concerns of the College lie at the nexus of the academic, non-academic, and financial sectors. For example, admissions and financial aid issues should be examined within the context of the later success of students in academic programs and the financial resources and income projections of the College. Consequently, the IRPS benefits from an increasing amount of coordination among and frequent consultation with the Dean of Faculty, the Deans of Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Finance, the Budget Director, administrative offices, and faculty committees.