ERIC Number: ED039869
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun
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The Question of Community College Research.
Turner, Hugh J., Jr.; Schafer, Michael I.
The dimensions, status, and improvement of institutional research in junior colleges are considered in this topical paper. Its dimensions are discussed in terms of definition, purposes, and boundries and its status is then viewed from different perspectives. First, it is admitted that the present role of institutional research is difficult to determine, and that, to date, such research has not been broadly accepted as a necessary function in the public junior colleges. Second, in spite of institutional recognition in terms of clerical or advisory resource support, a tendency to view research coordination as a part-time activity or to neglect compensating academic researchers appropriately has been noted. Important considerations in the development of an institutional research program are then suggested. Alternative types of organization for research are examined, important guidelines for the development of a research program are discussed, including: (1) the necessity to base the organization on a clear philosophy of research; (2) the need to focus responsibility on one individual or central group having direct access to the college president; (3) the advisability of insuring broad participation by faculty and staff; and, (4) the possibility of using individual consultants or a consortium of related organizations to provide assistance and expertise. (JO)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.; Florida Community Junior Coll. Inter-institutional Research Council, Gainesville.