ERIC Number: ED382095
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Education Information Review. Report 2. Report and Recommendations.
Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
As part of a multi-phase, Florida state-mandated study of state-wide higher education data resources and systems, this study focused on the use of student information for inter-sector policy analysis and decision making. In particular the question of whether to establish a master student-level database was explored. Through interviews with providers and consumers of information, problems were identified including a lack of formal communication, logistical and structural complexities of the data, difficulty in locating and using data, and limited access to data. Recommendations included: (1) rejection of the master student-level database plan; (2) establishment of formal communication between data producers and consumers; (3) production and maintenance of a user-friendly, menu-driven electronic system of current and historical information accessible by consumers of educational data; (4) designation of a data coordination group comprised of directors of management information systems; (5) allocation of resources to the offices for management information systems in each education sector to support increased data analysis services; and (6) a requirement that the data coordination group submit a report to the Florida State Postsecondary Education Commission. Appendixes contain a consultant's report and information on statutory authority on education information. (JB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Compliance (Legal), Data Collection, Databases, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Management, Information Networks, Information Policy, Information Services, Information Systems, Public Policy, State Legislation, Statewide Planning, Users (Information)
Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, 231 Collins Building, Department of Education, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Postsecondary Education Planning Commission, Tallahassee.
Note: For a related document, see HE 028 295.