Institutional Research to Support Planning, Decision-Making, and Teaching and Learning at Pomona College, USA

  • Jennifer L. RachfordEmail author
Part of the Education Innovation Series book series (EDIN)


This chapter traces the development of an institutional research (IR) function at a small, private liberal arts college in Southern California, from its earliest beginnings as a fledgling one-person office to what is today a maturing operation that works in close partnership with decision-makers and faculty across campus to advance the educational aims of the college. It traces IR’s historical underpinnings and dynamic evolution as a field of practice and uses examples of institutional research in planning, decision-making, and teaching and learning at Pomona College to demonstrate its role in supporting a liberal arts mission.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pomona CollegeClaremontUSA

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