ERIC Number: ED205119
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Career Advancement from Institutional Research to Academic Management Utilizing Institutional Research. AIR Forum 1981 Paper.
Arter, Margaret H.
The need for the skills and services provided by college institutional researchers even during a period of financial constraint, which prevents having a distinct institutional research office, is addressed. It is suggested that institutional researchers can be utilized in management and administrative functions. For example, the academic vice president or dean for academic affairs may be heavily involved in program evaluation, the improvement of instruction, faculty development, faculty evaluation, and the consideration of options for faculty reduction. Some of the time of the academic officer may be allocated to specially assigned institutional research efforts. The dean of student services, who is educated in information analysis and evaluation techniques, may be involved in institutional research to improve the delivery of student services and increase the effectiveness of staff training. Student outcomes assessments affect the planning and delivery of services. The institutional research officer may be sought after by fiscal management as it prepares the annual budget and calculates its yearly schedule of reports. Creative collective bargaining also requires extensive fiscal information, with projected revenues, wage, and fringe benefits forming the basis for multiyear agreements. Both management and labor will avail themselves of the former institutional research officer to give them a firm foundation of data before approaching the bargaining table. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Accountability, Administrator Responsibility, Administrators, Budgeting, Career Ladders, Collective Bargaining, College Administration, Educational Assessment, Educational Finance, Faculty Evaluation, Financial Problems, Higher Education, Information Needs, Institutional Research, Program Evaluation, Research Skills, Retrenchment, Staff Utilization, Student Personnel Services
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (21st, Minneapolis, MN, May 17-20, 1981).