The Institute will help lead a more comprehensive approach to our teaching/learning mission, through the use of data analytics and robust qualitative analysis. It will help the University move to new levels of research impact. In partnership with the Office of Institutional Research and Planning and the Center for Higher Education Enterprise, it will help identify and analyze a set of research questions about how our students progress through our courses and programs, with the goal of enhancing student success – a form of scholarship that will, in part, apply student-centered analytics to identify and broaden use of those practices that will improve learning outcomes. In addition, it will support faculty members’ innovations in pedagogical methods, and sponsor structured inquiry and scholarship that tests the efficacy of these new practices. This represents an important, distinctive role for the Institute – informing aspects of the teaching and learning mission here and nationally.