ERIC Number: ED161370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
Institutional Research as a Service Function of Higher Education: A Consortium Arrangement with Public School Districts. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Saterfiel, Thomas Horne
Institutional research is viewed by many persons as the process of providing appropriate data for the purpose of making sound decisions. The major place for applying the principles of the discipline of institutional research has mostly been in institutions of higher learning and a few large metropolitan public school districts. It is proposed that a consortium arrangement between institutions of higher learning and public school districts can be created to extend institutional research activities to a large segment of public school districts while simultaneously providing benefits for the institution of higher learning. The Program of Research and Evaluation for Public Schools (PREPS) is such a consortium that has been developed through the Bureau of Educational Research and Evaluation as one of the College of Education's Programs at Mississippi State University. PREPS is a joint effort between the College of Education and the several school districts. The structure and policies of PREPS are discussed in this paper with emphasis given to considerations to be addressed in establishing and administering such a consortium. The consortium approach of providing institutional research services to public schools through institutions of higher learning offers an excellent format for carrying out a service function through the modes of research and evaluation. (Author)
Descriptors: Accountability, College School Cooperation, Community Services, Consortia, Cooperative Programs, Educational Assessment, Educational Resources, Governance, Guidelines, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Services, Institutional Research, Planning, Public Schools, School Districts, Shared Services
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., State College. Bureau of Educational Research.
Identifiers: Mississippi State University; Programs of Research Evaluation for Public Schools
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)