ERIC Number: ED189955
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Qualitative and Conventional Indices of Benchmark Institutions. AIR Forum 1980 Paper.
Smart, John C.; And Others
Measures of institutional quality for 98 research universities were measured by the technique of spatial configuration to determine similarities and differences among the institutions. The use of research measures that directly address the concept of institutional quality or prestige was also examined (composite institutional scores derived from Cartter (1966) and Roose and Andersen (1970) studies). A secondary study objective was to examine the relationship between these two measures of institutional quality and variables commonly used in previous research on similarities/differences among schools. Institutional profiles among Research Universities I and II (Carnegie Commission, 1976) were found to be markedly different when the following six measures of institutional quality were analyzed by the spatial configuration technique: number of doctoral programs, total number of doctorates, student/faculty ratio, total research expenditures per faculty member, verbal and math scores of the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and the composite university Roose and Andersen score. It is concluded that once the structural quality of comparative data is assured, the spatial configuration technique offers a convenient methodology for data analysis. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum 1980
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (20th, Altanta, GA, April 27-May 1, 1980).