College Resources Analysis System (CRAS) (University of Michigan) Records

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College Resources Analysis System (CRAS) (University of Michigan) records

The materials in this online repository form part of a larger College Resources Analysis System (CRAS) (University of Michigan) record group held by the Bentley Historical Library. For a more complete index to the materials, please consult the collection's online finding aid.

For questions or more information, please contact the Bentley Historical Library's Division of Reference and Access Services

The College Resource Analysis System (CRAS) tables are printed reports that run each semester by the Office of Academic Planning and Analysis (currently the Office of Budget and Planning). The print offs include multiple tables of teaching activity data for each college or school at the University of Michigan.

The Office of Institutional Research was founded in 1962. Under Dr. Donald Lelong’s direction, steps were taken to align the activities of the office to support university-wide systematic and comprehensive planning.

In 1968, the office began to run and publish the College Resource Analysis System (CRAS) tables. These tables were designed to be used to analyze faculty teaching loads, costs of instruction, enrollment trends, and average class size. Although these tables were not defined during the first few years that CRAS reports were created, they have been consistently generated and used for over thirty years.

In 1973, the office was renamed to the Office of Academic Planning and Analysis due to a subsequent administrative reorganization. It was at this time that the office acquired new responsibilities including developing planning structure and procedures, conducting specific evaluation and planning studies, and evaluating and planning data to aid in decision making.

Access to data generated post-Spring 2001 and detailed information about each of these reports and the data types they contain is currently available through the U-M Administrative Data Warehouse

Please note:

Copyright has been transferred to the Regents of the University of Michigan.

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