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ERIC Number: ED191520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb-2
Reference Count: 0
Survey of the Institutional Research Function in Illinois Public Community Colleges: 1980.
Kohl, Peggy L.; And Others
A survey of the 51 Illinois public community colleges was conducted during February 1980, to assess the status of institutional research (IR) at the colleges and to determine how that status had changed since the completion of similar surveys in 1973 and 1976. Major findings indicated that while 67% of the colleges had offices of institutional research employing a total of 36 full-time and 16 part-time professionals, only 16 of the colleges retained institutional researchers who devoted over 75% of their time to IR functions. The vast majority (96%) of the IR directors reported directly to the college president or other officers with campus-wide responsibility. The educational qualifications of the institutional researchers were high, with 17 holding doctoral degrees and 2l holding master's degrees. Most (54%) of the researchers indicated an interest in in-service training to help them improve IR skills in research methodology and design, and 61.7% indicated the desirability of seminars for exchanging community college research studies. The types of activities most often undertaken by the researchers included responding to government inquiries and preparing descriptive reports on institutional status. The survey report summarizes findings on a series of tables which compare data with 1973 and 1976 results. The questionnaire is appended. (JP)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrator Characteristics, Administrator Responsibility, College Administration, Community Colleges, Institutional Research, Nonprofessional Personnel, Research Directors, Staff Development, Staff Utilization, State Colleges, State Surveys, Tables (Data), Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Community Coll. Board, Springfield.