Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Institutional Research

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OIPE compiles a number of useful data resources that are of use to both academic and administrative offices on campus. If you have any questions or data needs please contact the Office of Institutional Planning & Effectiveness by phone at 828-227-7239, or email

Common Data Sets

The Common Data Set provides core institutional data and is published annually towards the end of the fall term (with some content being updated during the spring).

View the current Common Data Sets and archives.

Fact books

Fact Books provide a summary of information that can be utilized by internal and external constituents. They are designed to serve as a comprehensive, main reference source to obtain various institutional data. Fact Books are published annually during the fall term.

current fact book and browse archives




CATalytics is designed to provide key personnel access to pertinent operational and official reports for student and financial information.  Data used to create these reports originate from WCU's data warehouse, ERP system (Banner), and OIPE records. The simplified and concise presentation of these reports make data consumption a task of ease and fosters an environment for data-driven decision making.  Access to CATalytics at this time has been limited to members of the Chancellor’s Office, Provost Council, Deans, Associate Deans, and Dean’s Administrative Assistants.

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The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) reports provide information pertaining to student characteristics, services, enrollment, degrees conferred, employees and finances. These reports are published annually in various stages during the fall and spring terms.



Student Body Profiles provide summary data pertaining to student enrollment, demographics, and quality indicators (such as standardized test scores).  These reports are generated each fall term. 


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