Research and Policy Analysis

Strategy and Fiscal Affairs Division

Historical Data

Student Information Reporting System (SIRS)

What is SIRS?

The University System of Georgia Board of Regents collects data on students once a term. Student Information Reporting System (SIRS) data are collected for students currently enrolled and for all students who graduate. Certain data elements are collected for students who enrolled the previous term, but are not enrolled this term.

SIRS data are used for making decisions about policies, program, and services to meet the needs of the University System. SIRS data are the basis for many University System reports, including the Semester Enrollment Report, retention and graduation reporting, transfer reporting, IPEDS degrees conferred and enrollment reports, and high school feedback. The Board of Regents also uses SIRS data to analyze enrollment patterns over time, as well as admissions qualifications, academic progression, and student success.

SIRS is administered by the Office of Strategic Research and Analysis in the Division of Academic Affairs and is maintained by that office and Enterprise Applications Systems, a unit the Office of Information and Instructional Technology, also of this division.

For additional information about SIRS, contact:

Office of Research and Policy Analysis
Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
270 Washington Street, SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

Tel: 404-962-3062
Fax: 404-962-3093

SIRS Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED), Fall 2006 (updated: March 2006)

Archived SIRS Documentation

Spring 2005 - Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED) (updated: February 2005)
Fall 2004 - Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED)
Summer 2004 - Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED) (updated: July 2004)
Spring 2003 - Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED) (updated: December 2002)
Spring 2003 - Record Layouts
Summer 2003 - Record Layouts
Summer 2002 - Questions and Answers
May 2002 - Minor SIRS SDED Changes
March 2002 - Summer 2002 Data Submissions Memorandum
Summer 2002 - Record Layouts
Fall 2001 - Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED) (updated May 2001)
Fall 2001 - SIRS Edits
Fall 2001 - Record Layouts
Fall 2001 - SIRS/Banner Crosswalk
Spring/Summer 2001 - Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED) (updated Feb. 2001)
Spring 2001 - SIRS Edits
Fall 2000 - Student Data Element Dictionary (SDED)
Fall 2000 - SIRS Edits
Fall 2000 - Record Layouts
Fall 2000 - SIRS/Banner Crosswalk

Curriculum Inventory Reporting (CIR)

The Curriculum Inventory Reporting System, or CIR, is the data system containing information on all credit courses offered in University System institutions. CIR data are used to generate the annual USG budget request and also support research in such areas as course-taking patterns by level and discipline, off-campus and distance education instructional activity by institution and sector, and scheduled facilities use by institution.

The CIR is administered by the Office of Research and Policy Analysis in the Division of Academic Affairs and operated and maintained by that office and Information Technology Services, also a unit of Academic Affairs.

Credit Hour Reports and Analyses

CIR User’s Manual and Data Element Dictionary (Revised for Summer 2001)

Distance Education and External Site Usage

External Site Data Base (external link)

External Site Data Base User Guide

SIRS and CIR Census & Due Dates
Academic Data Mart Due Dates

Learning Support Data Collection System

The Learning Support (LS) Data Collection System gathers information about courses and grades for all students who take specified core courses. This information is used, in part, to evaluate the effectiveness of learning support programs and to study course withdrawal patterns. This special data collection selects courses that students generally take in the first year (or second year for LS students), and then collects data on the students in those courses. Data collected are not from LS courses but from other courses that LS students typically take. The system collects data in the Fall about courses for which a common System course prefix and number have been designated and for which the course was taken in Fall 1999 by at least 1,000 students in the System.

The Learning Support system is administered by the Office of Research and Policy Analysis in the Division of Academic Affairs and operated and maintained by that office and Enterprise Applications Systems, also a unit of the Division of Academic Affairs.

For additional information about Learning Support, contact the Office of Research and Policy Analysis:

Tel.: 404-962-3062
Fax: 404-962-3093

Documentation for Learning Support Data Collection