Effective strategic planning is dependent on the availability of appropriate information. Beause of a lack of understanding of the importance of the interrelationship between institutional research and institutional planning, only limited information is usually available at the different stages of planning and decision making. Too often the institutional researcher provides pages of data and does not provide the necessary information. As a result, those responsible for planning are frequently unaware of the information that can be made available. This volume of New Directions for Instutional Research attempts to communicate to the institutional researcher, as well as to those involved in any part of the planning process, the valuable contributions that institutional research can make to the planning process. This is the 37th issue of New Directions for Institutional Research. For more information on the series, please see the Journals and Periodicals page.