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ERIC Number: ED027872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 11
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What Is Institutional Research?
Lyons, Paul R.
Institutional research (IR), defined as inquiry "directed toward data useful or necessary [for] intelligent decisions and/or for the successful maintenance, operation and/or improvement of a given collegiate institution," can be directly applied to soaring enrollment, greater administrative complexity, rising costs. The junior college administrator who rejects IR because he thinks it abstract does his school and the taxpayer a disservice. A college without IR (1) deprives the transfer student of the research orientation the native has already encountered, (2) cannot easily recruit faculty with the usual attitude to research, (3) will dimish its academic reputation. Each college undertakes different IR, to fit its own role and staff. IR may be basic or applied, usually the latter, stressing current operational problems and, although its value is acknowledged, it has not had a major impact on higher education thought. IR functions have been described as (1) motivating and initiating experiment, (2) evaluating results, (3) long range planning; or as (1) providing data for decision making, (2) evaluating line operations, (3) serving both faculty and administration. The value of advisory groups and theoretical vs. applied IR are discussed. The 1968 survey of IR by Roueche and Boggs (ED 021 557) is examined in detail. In summary, IR must be planned, have centralized responsibility, report to the president, have advisory committees, include staff and administration, and be adequately financed. (HH)
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Authoring Institution: Florida Univ., Gainesville. Inst. of Higher Education.