ERIC Number: ED373625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May
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How It Ought To Be: Institutional Researchers' Roles as We Approach the 21st Century. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
Matier, Michael W.; And Others
This paper argues for a more robust and encompassing understanding of the roles and functions of institutional research in higher education institutions in the context of fundamental shifts in the way decisions are being made in colleges and universities. In particular institutional researchers can no longer simply collect, analyze and disseminate information to support decision making. Institutional researchers must also become the information architects, the change agents, the consultants of choice in their respective institutions. The paper describes each of these new roles and recounts the continuing metamorphosis of the institutional research office. An early section explores the changing culture of decision making especially the increasing complexity of institutions and rapid rate of change they experience. Emerging from these is a decision-making culture more integrally intertwined with their constituents in making sense of the information provided to them. Further sections explore traditional research functions, the importance of involvement in the initial design and modification and enhancements to data stores, participation as change agents in the planning and process activities, and becoming internal consultants of choice who should serve a broad constituency in the institution. The paper closes by describing the metamorphosis of an institutional research office since the early 1980s. Contains 11 references. (JB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1 1994).