Planning information that is used to manage the University and make decisions about its policies and goals is provided by the Office of Planning and Institutional Research. This data includes historical and current information about GYU, comparisons across peer institutions and surveys of faculty, staff, students and alumni. In addition to gathering and organizing relevant facts and figures, the Office of Planning and Institutional Research uses this data to carry out research and analyses regarding issues of importance to the University. The office also maintains the University’s statistical abstract, coordinates reporting to governmental agencies and provides data to publishers of University guides