ERIC Number: ED245627
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar
Reference Count: 0
A Foundation Officer's Advice to Young Researchers. ASHE 1984 Annual Meeting Paper.
The support of the Ford Foundation for higher education research, and specifically policy-oriented studies, is discussed. The first commonality of Ford Foundation-sponsored policy studies is the existence of a commonly perceived problem (e.g., the Commission on Minorities studied equity/affirmative action). A second commonality of Ford's work is that decision makers need alternative scenarios, as well as data and analysis, that provide clear choices. The third commonality of sponsored studies involves built-in avenues for dissemination. It is important to involve a practitioner in the early stages of the research design to help insure that the research will be useful. Finally, regardless of the topic, the researcher must be sensitive to differential impact based on race, gender, and class. While not all Ford Foundation grants focus on minority or women's issues, each grant takes into account the differential impact of gender, race, and class. Topics about community colleges that were generated by the Ford Foundation in the last year are identified. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: ASHE Annual Meeting; Ford Foundation
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (Chicago, IL, March 12-14, 1984).