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Institutional Research

Rackham Institutional Research (RIR) supports Rackham leadership by providing research, analyses, and data across a variety of areas that cover the range of graduate education. RIR produces annual and periodic reports that cover application and enrollment activity, funding, the student experience, completion rates, and career outcomes. The office interfaces with other University offices to provide guidance and support about graduate education, and works with national organizations to implement and disseminate best practices across the spectrum of graduate education.

Who We Are

  • John A. Gonzalez - Director of Institutional Research
  • Maia I. Bergman - Research Area Specialist Senior
  • Carrie Brezine, Programmer/Analyst
  • Merle Feldbaum - Research Area Specialist Senior
  • Ida Faye Webster - Program Manager
  • Allyson Flaster - Graduate Student Research Assistant
  • Hee Sun Kim - Graduate Student Research Assistant
  • Yanna Yan - Graduate Student Research Assistant

What We Do

  • We compile metrics and summary for Rackham programs across a variety of areas. As an example, our Program Statistics summarize program data across admissions, enrollment, completion, finances, and placement.
  • In an effort to better understand the experience of Rackham students, we administer and analyze a number of surveys. The Exit Survey, as an example, looks at the experience of graduating doctoral students.
  • We support major research and grant efforts across Rackham and present nationally on projects such as the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).
  • We provide support and guidance for other offices across the university that are working with Rackham data. An example is U-M Almanac on Graduate Academic & Professional Degree Students created by the Office of Budget and Planning.


1120 Rackham Building
915 E. Washington St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1070
Phone: (734) 764-4400
Fax: (734) 615-3832