ERIC Number: ED220028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Bringing Classroom Utilization Reporting Up-to-Date. AIR Forum 1982 Paper.
Smith, John D.
The purpose, audience, methodology, and statistics of classroom utilization reports used at the University of Colorado, Boulder, are examined with a view toward an evolving report on a schedule of classes. Utilization reports from the past decade are examined in terms of information attributes discussed by Kleijnen (1980). A computer-generated report is described that emphasizes the use of bar charts, plots, box plots, coded tables, and other semi-graphic displays. End-user computer programming languages such as SAS (Statistical Analysis System) make it possible to use the information that went into classroom utilization reports for current purposes. A change in purpose of a classroom utilization report raises issues of timing, accuracy, and scope, while a change in the audience raises questions of timeliness, report mode, aggregation, confidentiality, and scope. Attention is focused on the needs of middle management, which require reports that are germane to the issues of the day but are also timely. Changes in the reporting methodology raise issues in regard to timeliness, accuracy, and flexibility. For planning it is important to have the flexibility to answer new questions, and flexibility depends on the level of the language used for the report. The new report on the schedule of classes developed at the University of Colorado focuses on data quality in three ways: by listing data that is likely to be erroneous (e.g., an arranged course with 30 students enrolled); by using robust statistical methods and displays (e.g., reporting the medians and by using box plots); and by supporting summaries with detail that makes the report auditable. A page from the spring 1982 schedule of classes report and an adaptation of Tukey's stem-and-leaf display, along with a bibliography, are appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Campus Planning, Classes (Groups of Students), College Administration, College Buildings, Computer Oriented Programs, Data Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Utilization, Institutional Research, Middle Management, Programing Languages, Reports, Research Methodology, Scheduling, School Schedules, Space Utilization, Statistical Data, Time, Use Studies
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: AIR Forum; Statistical Analysis System; University of Colorado Boulder
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (22nd, Denver, CO, May 16-19, 1982).