OPDS Information / Report Request Form

As Office of Planning and Decision Support (OPDS), we respectfully ask that all requests for institutional data / information, statistical analysis and research concerning but not limited to Students, Course, Academic Programs, Personnel (including faculty and staff) and institutional level surveys administered by our office to be made via the request form below. Requests are tracked for resource planning purposes so that the Office of Planning and Decision Support can make efficient and effective use of its resources and continue to improve its services to the university community and external entities as necessary.

Please complete all required and any other pertinent fields in the form below.

A member from the OPDS team may contact you for clarification. If you need assistance, please contact us via email at opds@vcu.edu.



Requestor Information

When possible, the person submitting this form should be the information user or the person most familiar with the detailed requirements of the report requested.

* Request Origin;

  • * First Name:
  • *Last Name:
  • Title:
  • *Department / Organization:
  • * Email:
  • *Phone:

Report Description

Please describe your reporting need as much in detail as possible to include;

* - the purpose,

*and the following;

- what question(s) are trying to be answered,

- who will use the data (the target audience),

- and how they will use it.

*What is the reporting period for this request?

  • Please note that “Fall” is used to produce official figures for most Federal, State and Accreditation related reporting needs

    Please specify

  • Academic Year (Fall through Summer)

    Please specify

  • Fiscal Year (July 1st through June 30th)

    Please specify

  • Calendar Year (January 1st through December 31st)

    Please specify

  • Other

    Please specify

*Recurring Request?

Will this request be required on a regular basis? This is for planning purposes only; you will still need to submit the request each time you require an update.

*What is the anticipated frequency for this request?



Request Scheduling

Normal turnaround time is two weeks (10 working days), and your scheduled due date is:



Urgent Requests

If the request requires completion prior to the date above, please state the date you are requesting and describe the urgency of the request.

Please note that based on departmental priorities, a written explanation may not guarantee delivery by your request date.

Select Due Date:





Description of Urgency

Office of Planning and Decision Support (OPDS) Staff Consultation

It is OK to consult with the Office of Planning and Decision Support staff by phone or email before submitting an information or report request. Please note consultation with our office does not constitute a formal request therefore please follow up with this request form to clarify your project requirements and allow your project to be prioritized, scheduled, and assigned to a staff member.



After submitting this request form, someone from OPDS may still need to contact you to clarify the report specs and agree on delivery schedule.



Please note that OPDS team member you initially contacted and consulted with regarding this request may not be the person who will work on the request.

Have you already discussed this project with someone from OPDS?