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ERIC Number: ED013381
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Apr
Pages: 76
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Reference Count: 0
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INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM. NEW DIMENSIONS IN HIGHER EDUCATION, NUMBER 20.
BOYER, ERNEST L.
A SEARCH OF THE LITERATURE ON INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH WAS MADE TO FIND AN ANSWER TO ONE QUESTION--TO WHAT EXTENT HAS INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH ACTUALLY HELPED IMPROVE COLLEGIATE LIFE GENERALLY AND THE ACADEMIC PROGRAM IN PARTICULAR. FROM THE SEARCH, THE AUTHOR DRAWS THE CONCLUSION THAT THE RECENT FLURRY OF RESEARCH ACTIVITY HAS NOT BEEN ACCOMPANIED BY A LARGE AMOUNT OF EFFECT. LITTLE DIRECT EVIDENCE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH WAS FOUND. JUDGEMENT OF THE EFFECTS OF THIS RESEARCH WAS MADE FROM INDIRECT EVIDENCE AND FROM THE OPINIONS OF INFORMED OBSERVERS. THE REPORT EXAMINES THOSE ASPECTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION THAT HAVE CHANGED, THOSE THAT HAVE REMAINED RELATIVELY STABLE, AND THE DEGREE TO WHICH INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN A SIGNIFICANT FORCE. REPRESENTATIVE STUDIES ARE CITED, AND THE FINAL SECTION DISCUSSES WAYS IN WHICH INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH MIGHT INCREASE ITS IMPACT IN THE FUTURE. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT (1) IN PART, THE FAILURE OF INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH TO AFFECT ACADEMIC AFFAIRS DIRECTLY AND SUBSTANTIALLY CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO INTERNAL SHORTCOMINGS OF THE PROFESSION THAT RELATE TO STRUCTURE, FUNCTION, THEORY, AND STYLE OF COMMUNICATION, AND (2) THE FUTURE EFFECTS OF ACADEMIC RESEARCH WILL HINGE ON THE WILLINGNESS OF EDUCATORS TO VIEW CHANGE AS AN ALLY RATHER THAN AS AN IMPEDIMENT. (AL)
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Authoring Institution: Duke Univ., Durham, NC.
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