Institutional Research

Who should students phone for questions pertaining to University and national assessments at Jackson State University?

For any inquires pertaining to University and national assessments, please contact Angenette Dixon at 601-979-5901 or Arnitra Hunter at 601-979-0203.

What are the fees assessed for national examinations?

Students are encouraged to visit the online sites for all national examinations. Each examination is specific in its requirements including payment of fees. Direct links to all national assessments offered at Jackson State University can be found at 

What are the current fees assessed for University examinations?

Students are assessed a $1.00 fee for the Undergraduate English Proficiency Examination (UEPE). The cost of the Graduate English Competency Examination (GECE) is $15.00. The fee for the ACT Residual is $48.00. ACT Residual fees are payable via money order or through JSU Marketplace. 

What are the roles and responsibilities of DIRPA as pertains to Institutional Assessment?

DIRPA is responsible for the administration of a number of University assessments including the Undergraduate English Proficiency Examination (UEPE), Graduate English Competency Examination (GECE), and ACT Residual. Students are encouraged to take these assessments early in their matriculation through their various degree programs as requirements for participation are met. In addition, DIRPA takes responsibility for national assessments including ACT (American College Test), GRE (Graduate Record Examination), LSAT (Law School Admissions Test), CHES (Certified Health Education Specialist), and NBCC (National Board for Certified Counselors). All  national assessments are administered as outlined in the guidance provided by the testing company

What is the difference between the assessment plan and the assessment report?

The assessment process includes two distinct components: planning and reporting. In the planning phase, a program unit identifies its goals, means of measurement, and criteria for success. Planning occurs prior to the beginning of the academic year. In the reporting phase, a program unit documents its results and uses those results to improve programs, goods, and services. Reporting occurs at the close of the academic year.

Should assessment plans and reports be submitted annually?


Are the annual reports and the assessment reports the same?

While the annual reports and the assessment reports have similar components, they are not the same. Usually, within the annual reports, a department and/or program unit highlights yearly accomplishments and goal attainments. Within the assessment report, a department and/or program unit identifies its goals, establishes means of measurement and criteria for success, and report results and plans made for using the results to improve products and services. 

What are the roles and responsibilities of DIRPA as pertains to Institutional Effectiveness?

DIRPA functions to demonstrate institutional effectiveness through the assessment of student learning outcomes and the assessment of the effectiveness of services provided by administrative and educational support units as well as academic program areas. Personnel facilitates the assessment process including annual assessment planning and reporting for all academic and nonacademic program units of the University. In addition, DIRPA serves as an integral component of the SACS accreditation process for the University.

As a University employee, can I request report types available in Tiger Reports?

Yes. You may do so by contacting Sherice McElroy at 601-979-0499. DIRPA will accommodate requests as much as possible.

Does DIRPA have a reporting mechanism by which data can be received?

Yes, Tiger Reports is the current DIRPA reporting mechanism. Access to Tiger Reports can be obtained by contacting Sherice McElroy at 601-979-0499.

Does DIRPA analyze data?

Yes, DIRPA analyzes data. The degree and specificity of the analyzation is determined by the type and purpose of the data source.

What is the standard return time on submitted data requests?

As standard practice, DIRPA will return all data requests within 3 business days of the receiving date and time. 

At any time, should I make a data request of a Systems Analyst or Research Associate directly?


How do I request data?

All data requests should be written submissions using the online data request form located on the Institutional Research website. Data requests should be descriptive of the desired data.

From where does IR staff retrieve the data?

For most internal data requests, data is received from the Banner system. This data is considered “live” data and is retrieved as reported in the Banner system. In some instances, it is necessary to utilize frozen files for retrieving data for external and internal reporting. 

What are the roles and responsibilities of DIRPA as pertains to Institutional Research?

Institutional Research serves as the University’s clearinghouse for internal and external reports. This includes reports to the Board of Trustees for Institutions of Higher Learning for the State of Mississippi, regular reports to the Federal Government, and special requests, such as those demanded by SACS, for information about the institution, which may be directed to the President or other officers of the University. Institutional Research collects, stores and analyzes data, performs key studies, secures and provides relevant management information, coordinates and shares data and serves as the official institutional source for data and analytical information about the University.