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Analytical Tools and Models

The reports most frequently used reports by members of the McMaster community are highlighted below. To access some of the reports while working remotely from an off-campus computer, you must first connect to the McMaster University network through a Virtual Private Network (VPN).


IRA prepares many analyses and reports on a range of interests pertinent to students, faculty and staff.  The majority of analyses and reports address specific questions of interest to a narrow audience and consequently only those analyses and reports with wide reaching impact are highlighted below.

Value of Living in Residence

The goal of this study was to determine if the Grade Point Average (GPA), retention to second year, persistence to graduation, and engagement of first-year students living in on-campus residence differed significantly from their off-campus counterparts.

Employment Equity

The goal of the Employment Equity Census is to provide a more complete understanding of groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment.

Government and Internal Reports

IRA provides data to government and internally to measure year-over-year changes to enrolment, degrees awarded, faculty counts, student retention and graduation, and student units taught among other reports not included below.

Statistics Canada Data Requests

IRA responds to requests for data from Statistics Canada to help support the availability of information for degree and job seekers. A couple of reports prepared for Statistics Canada are described below.

Tuition and Living Accommodation Costs (TLAC)

IRA submits data to Statistics Canada to provide an overview of tuition and additional compulsory fees, and living accommodation costs of students in degree programs at McMaster University.

Job Vacancy and Wage Survey

IRA submits data to Statistics Canada to provide information on job vacancies at McMaster University.