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ERIC Number: ED174077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Performance Indicators for Institutions of Higher Education: Effects of Size within Two Institutes of Technology. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Fritschi, A.; And Others
The relationships between the size of units within institutes, departments, and schools and their teaching, research, and service outputs or the structure of their resources was investigated at two national institutes of technology funded by the government of Switzerland. Resources and outputs were measured in terms of total expenditures, hours of teaching, publications, citations, and a variety of secondary indicators. Two methods were used for analysis of the institutes. The first gave a series of partial results, from a sectoral standpoint, providing a graphic study of variations in several "independent" relationships. The second analytic method was an attempt at a multidimensional approach, achieved by considering several variables at once. This approach required an aggregation of data that led to some loss of information (from a sectoral standpoint). The approach aimed at the combination of partial performances, each defined as the relationship between an output indicator and the indicator measuring total input. The study findings suggest that (1) there is not one size effect, but several differentiated effects depending on the relationship and level considered; (2) the size effect is usually combined with other factors; and (3) there may be a positive effect of size regarding outside sources of finance and external professional recognition. Sample graphs obtained by the first (graphic) and external professional recognition. Sample graphs obtained by the first (graphic) approach are included. (SC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; Switzerland
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document