The following describes the purpose of the organization:
The North Carolina Association for Institutional Research was formed in January of 1973 with the ratification of the Constitution and Bylaws of the organization. The Association fulfills four main purposes:
* to provide for the professional development of its members;
* to provide for the dissemination of information and the interchange of ideas on problems of common interest to its members;
* to contribute to the advancement of post-secondary education in its fullest and broadest implications; and
* to foster a collegial spirit of unity and cooperation among persons having interest in and activities related to institutional research, planning, and assessment.
The following defines "Institutional Research":
Institutional research is a broad category of work done at schools, colleges and universities to inform campus decision-making and planning in areas such as admissions, financial aid, curriculum, enrollment management, staffing, student life, finance, facilities, athletics, and alumni relations.
Institutional researchers collect, analyze, report, and warehouse quantitative and qualitative data about their institution's students, faculty, staff, curriculum, course offerings, and learning outcomes.