ERIC Number: ED174104
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-May
Reference Count: 0
Student Traceback Model: An Essay on Institutional Research Methodology. AIR Forum 1979 Paper.
Sheehan, Bernard S.; Hillman, Barbara J.
The student traceback model is described and is used to demonstrate various concepts relative to institutional research methodology. The methodology of the problem-solving institutional researcher includes a wide spectrum of how-to's: how to anticipate issues in higher education and estimate their practical institutional impact; how to develop the tools to solve problems; and how to present decision-influencing solutions. For any distribution of students in a session, the student traceback model yields the distribution (academic program parameters and student characteristics) in the last session. The model has practical institutional research application in resource reallocation, curriculum planning, and academic departmental decision-making. The student traceback model is used to demonstrate three different aspects of institutional research methodology: (1) evolution of the conceptual model; (2) identification of model capabilities and feasible applications; and (3) practical application of the model to specific campus problems. The application of the model at the University of Calgary to the specific problems of identification of part-time students, estimation of the resource implications of proposed changes to student academic programs, and separation of students into those expected to move to new programs and those expected to remain with the old program are described. (Author/SC)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Students, Conference Reports, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Models, Needs Assessment, Part Time Students, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Research Methodology, Resource Allocation, Student Characteristics, Student Mobility
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1979; University of Calgary (Canada)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (19th, San Diego, California, May 13-17, 1979)