ERIC Number: ED232582
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Measurement for Decision Support. AIR 1983 Annual Forum Paper.
Sheehan, Bernard S.
Possible impacts of changing information technology on the role of the institutional researcher, who serves as a decision support intermediary, are examined. Attention is directed to measurement, human information processing, and decision support technology. It is noted that management information systems are dependent on measurement for data gathering, data processing, and the managerial inquiring and deciding subsystems. To illustrate a dimension of a measurement framework, seven maxims for institutional research (Hackman, 1983) are discussed; these are based on cognitive theory and provide insight on the trend in the role of the intermediary. In addition, concepts of the decision support system (DSS) are explained. Finally, the results of surveys of institutional research directors at Canadian and U.S. universities concerning the implementation of information technology and the use of DDS are described. It is concluded that the role of the intermediary is probably not threatened by existing information technology but that the intermediary should expand traditional activities to include aid for management's user-driven computing for decision support. The alternative is for these services to be run by data processing or administrative systems departments. (Author/SW)
Descriptors: Administrators, Cognitive Style, College Administration, Computer Oriented Programs, Data Collection, Data Processing, Decision Making, Higher Education, Information Needs, Institutional Research, Interprofessional Relationship, Management Information Systems, Research Utilization, Researchers, Role Perception, Statistical Analysis
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting 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 (23rd, Toronto, Ontario, May 23-26, 1983).