Welcome to the Ball State’s Office of Institutional Research and Decision Support blog! We are thrilled to have the opportunity to share updates, news, and resources related to institutional research and decision support with our community of students, faculty, and staff. As the go-to source for data and analysis at Ball State, our team is dedicated to providing accurate and up-to-date information that informs decision-making and supports the mission of the university.

Through this blog, we will keep you informed on the work we are doing in the Institutional Research and Decision Support Office. We will share insights on how our work supports the university’s strategic initiatives and goals, and how we are working to help departments and units across campus make data-informed decisions. In addition to sharing our own insights and expertise, we also hope to use this blog as a platform for highlighting how data is being used by people across the institution to make data-informed decisions. We believe that collaboration and sharing of best practices is key to driving continuous improvement and supporting student success.

In this blog you will be able to learn about the work going on in IRDS and resources available to you, including:

  • Tableau Core, this is the premier source of analysis of Ball State data.
    • Ball State Staff may apply for access here.
  • Updates and videos from the Tableau Users Group.
  • You can send in a request for data two ways:
  • View recorded sessions
  • Interviews with IRDS staff, staff profiles, and upcoming projects
  • Office Updates
  • Data Literacy Topics and how to get involved with Data Governance

We hope that this blog will serve as a valuable resource for anyone interested in institutional research, decision support, and data-informed decision-making at Ball State. Thank you for joining us, and we look forward to sharing our insights and learning from you.