To demonstrate the impact of the Division of Student Life on the student experience Student Life Assessment, Improvement, and Research (AIR) supports:

  • Strategic decision-making based on accurate, current data
  • Business Intelligence (BI) partnership
  • Communicating the impact of the co-curricular experience with the campus

AIR supports access to current and accurate data to promote evidence-based decision making in the Division of Student Life and meet the University of Iowa’s strategic plan. The department, in partnership with DSL Information Technology Services (ITS):

  • Acts as an advocate for the Division of Student Life in campus data discussions
  • Promotes collaboration between the Division of Student Life and other campus data stewards
  • Secures data generated in the Division of Student Life
  • Supports training and skill development

Business Intelligence (BI) has become increasingly important on campus as we explore ways to become more efficient, effective, and competitive. BI can deliver greater insight into institutional performance, enable faster and more informed decisions, and provide information for agile response to opportunities and threats. AIR works with DSL ITS and ITS Data, Insights, and Analytics to support BI projects and use in the Division of Student Life. These solutions help us better understand and communicate how our work supports student success, retention, and persistence.

As the main driver of the student co-curricular experience it is the DSL’s responsibility to communicate the effects of students’ co-curricular experiences with campus and community stakeholders. Through various communication methods we will enhance understanding of the importance of the student experience, supporting internal and external resource acquisition and donor development.

Resources and collaboration

Effective Collaboration

View our one-pager on effective collaboration.


Swipe is a tool utilized by departments and groups across campus to collect information from students (e.g. at events, advising appointments, etc.). Learn more about Swipe here.

Division of Student Life Portal and Dashboards

A suite of dashboards and other visualizations of Division of Student Life data are available.

Access to the following dashboards can be requested through Workflow:

  • Food Pantry Operations
  • Housing
  • Iowa GROW
  • Interpersonal Violence Prevention
  • Leadership, Service and Civic Engagement
  • Late Night Programming
  • Multicultural and International Student Support and Engagement
  • National College Health Assessment
  • Student Engagement and Campus Programs
  • Student Health
  • Swipe

Student Life Data Request

The Division of Student Life may permit students access to data for educational purposes. To request access to data managed by the Division of Student Life, please submit a project proposal form to Teri Schnelle ( 

Student Experience in the Research University Survey

Assessment, Improvement, and Research collaborates with Office of Assessment which is housed under the Office of the Provost. The Office of Assessment administers the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey which gathers extensive information about the student experience here at The University of Iowa.

Campus Data

Campus Data serves as the main data source for all of the University of Iowa. This tool allows the user to find, request, and analyze a variety of data compilations, all in one location.


Accreditation is the recognition that an institution or program maintains standards and practices which ensure that its educational programs meet acceptable levels of quality. In higher education, accreditation signifies that graduates are prepared to gain admission to other reputable institutions of higher learning or to achieve credentials for professional practice. The Office of Assessment oversees the University of Iowa's accreditation process.