Marsh surveys Princeton's data scene

Oct. 30, 2003 11:06 a.m.

How many freshmen considering a major in English actually graduate with a concentration in that discipline? What is the student-to-faculty ratio at Princeton? Who approves the use of human subjects in surveys?

Jed Marsh finds himself immersed in these and other questions about the University every day. Marsh, who came to Princeton as associate provost in spring 2002, was promoted this past summer to vice provost for institutional research. His job is to compile information to help the University's administrative decision-makers, to coordinate institutional survey participation and to assist with institutional data requests.

Marsh said one of his biggest challenges in his new position is locating the different sources of information and bringing the various pieces together. He's learning about some of these sources firsthand, as he gathers data for President Shirley M. Tilghman and Provost Amy Gutmann to guide their planning efforts.

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