IRPA provides essential
information about the University of Maryland for the purposes of decision
making, policy analysis, strategic planning, mandated reporting, and program
review. The office captures data on faculty, staff, and students, and uses the
data to characterize the institution in quantitative ways. IRPA responds to the reporting needs of the University administration, the academic colleges
and schools, the campus community, the University System of Maryland, the State
of Maryland, the federal government, and non-governmental, non-profit
organizations that support higher education research.