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Beloit College Institutional Research records

Identifier: AC 67

Scope and Contents

This collection is divided into three series:

Series 1. General Information, contains sundry studies, reports, and statistics on Beloit College conducted by various members of the college community. Of particular note are a group of four reports titled "Trends and Issues at Beloit College," written by the College Examiner from 1967-1970.

Series 2. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), constituting the bulk of the collection, consists of documentation for self-studies and review reports for the NCA, partially as fulfillment of requirements for accreditation. As of 2012, the Archives holds materials for four studies: • 1966 Review Visit • 1976-1977 Self-Study • 1986-1987 Self-Study • 1996 Self-Study

Series 3. The Community Research and Policy Studies Center (CoRPS) at Beloit College, consists of reports written by this organization, a few of which were used as exhibits in the 1996 NCA Self-Study.


  • 1956-2000

Access to Collection

This collection is open for research; however, certain materials are fragile and require Archives staff for handling, or use may be restricted altogether.

Biographical / Historical

Reporting directly to the President, the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning (iRAP) coordinates research studies, surveys, statistical and policy analyses to inform the college decision-making process, to support long-range planning, and to provide public accountability. As the official source for institutional statistics, the Office also responds to external requests for information from state and federal governments, other agencies and consortia, and interested parties who need up-to-date information related to college processes, accountability, and academic programs. Additionally, the office supports and advises institutional, departmental, and programmatic inquiry surrounding student learning outcomes. []

The Beloit College Catalog for 1965-1966 is the first documentation of a College Examiner, an individual tasked with conducting research and analysis about the college and its populations in light of the implementation of the Beloit Plan in 1964. This is the clear precursor to the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning (iRAP), earlier simply called Institutional Research. The Office of the College Examiner only existed through 1971, when it fell victim to the economic woes of the college and was trimmed along with many other administrative offices.

College Examiners included Parker J. Palmer and Roland Reboussin. The body in charge of accreditation of Beloit College is the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Over the course of the latter half of the 20th century through to the present, the NCA has visited the college every ten years for purposes of evaluation, and in preparation for these visits, the college has conducted extensive self-studies. It may not be a coincidence that the Office of Institutional Research was (re-)established around 1987, the same time one of these NCA evaluations was to take place.


4.96 linear feet (12 boxes; further additions are expected)

Language of Materials



This collection consists mainly of reports and self-studies conducted by the Office of Institutional Research (formerly the College Examiner) in support of reviews, evaluations, and visits by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), which accredits Beloit College. There are also various other independent reviews, visit reports, and survey data, as well as statistics and profiles of the college, all dating from the mid-to-late 20th century.

Organization of the Collection

This collection is organized into series:
  1. 1, General, 1956-2000
  2. 2, NCA, 1966-1996
  3. 3, CoRPS, 1991-1993


This collection has been compiled over the years through separate accessions of various sizes from various offices and individuals, none of which has any accompanying documentation. The original order of the documents is unknown. The arrangement order presented here has been imposed by the College Archives staff.

The office of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Planning (iRAP) deposits more materials to the collection on a regular basis.

Physical Location

Shelved at 2/1/5-7

Related Materials

Beloit College Beloit Plan records (AC 22)

Processing Information

Duplicate copies of the "Trends and Issues" reports were weeded, and one set was placed with the Beloit Plan records (AC 22).
Beloit College Institutional Research records
Michelle Tom
November 2012
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Beloit College Archives and Special Collections Repository

700 College St.
Beloit WI 53511 USA