About Us


Institutional Research Planning and Assessment (IRPA) reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  IRPA consists of four distinct units:  1) Institutional Research, 2) Institutional Planning, 3) Institutional Assessment, and 4) Academic Assessment and Discipline-Specific Accreditation.

These units work collaboratively to collect, analyze, and disseminate essential information about the University's environment and performance; coordinate and provide support for University and discipline-specific accreditations; provide support relative to strategic planning, institutional management, and decisions making; and coordinate testing and analysis for various national test instruments; as well as meet a variety of state and federal government mandates.

The department strives to provide information in an accurate and timely manner and in a useful and understandable format. This mission is accomplished by a skilled staff that utilizes all major data sources available at the University to report information to both internal and external constituencies. Using a variety of statistical tools, analytical skills, and graphic presentations, information is provided on both a recurring and ad hoc basis.

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 17147
Jackson, MS  39217
Phone:  (601) 979-2484
Fax:  (601) 979-4054