Frequently Asked Questions

The Office of Planning, Evaluation & Institutional Research (OPEIR) is a resource for historical and trend data about the University. You can find trend information on our students, faculty/staff, alumni, library, and financial information. Our office also oversees the program review process and lends assistance to departments undergoing accreditation and annual reporting for accrediting bodies. In addition, the office coordinates institutional effectiveness processes and other institutional assessment projects.
The OPEIR office and the Banner team are working collaboratively to help you with any data needs you may have. If you are unsure who to contact, simply email with your questions and the correct department will respond to you as soon as possible.
Simply send an email to and someone from the OPEIR office will respond to you as soon as possible.
The Argos Dashboard is your one stop shop for all kinds of information on UTC students.  Here you can pull reports about registration, orientation, advising, graduate candidates, etc.  The Banner team has worked tirelessly to combine all the separate dashboards faculty and staff had to pull on their students each term into one convenient location. 
Absolutely. The Banner and OPEIR office offer a variety of trainings throughout the year. Please click here to be taken to the Banner training page where you will find training schedules as well as other resources to help you along the way. If you would like to request specific training for your department or just one-on-one training feel free to email us at and we'll be more than happy to help.
The OPEIR Factbook Tables page has a comprehensive series of tables that should answer most, if not all, questions you may have regarding our student population.  If you would like more specific information about our colleges or departments please check out our Institutional & Departmental Dashboards.  You will find an interactive dashboard that allows you to drill down to the level of data you are interested in. There are several tabs of tables to choose from such as: Enrollment, Degrees Awarded, Student Credit Hour Production, etc. If there is anything you cannot find on either of these pages please feel free to send us a question through our request email.
You’re in luck! Our Factbook Tables page also houses trend information on our faculty and staff and financial information. They can be found under the Faculty and Staff Information and Financial Information sections.
The Data Dictionary page has a comprehensive list of data elements and their definitions. It even lists the various metrics reported and explains their formulas. Just type the word(s) in question in the search/filter field and it will pull up all data elements including the words you chose. If you still can’t find an answer to what you are looking for, please contact us.
The Archives page contains a series of reports dating back to 1993. Please contact us if you cannot find what you are looking for here.
A census date is chosen to allow a consistent snapshot of the student or faculty/staff population. This allows for an apples-to-apples comparison from term to term or year to year. UTC’s census date is the 14th day calendar day from the beginning of classes, including the day on which classes begin, for both spring and fall terms. The census date for summer is done at the end of term because of the compressed part-of-term sessions. The term "frozen data" is also referring to census data for those specific dates.