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ERIC Number: ED082673
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 22
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The People of the State: A Description Through Trend Surface Analysis.
McIsaac, Donald N.
The higher education accountability requirements of today cry for responsive models that describe the attitudes, perceptions and characteristics of the populations they serve. Trend Surface Analysis is such a model. It is simple to apply, analytical in nature, and results in a graphic display in the form of a map. To the extent that the description of the population reflects demands on higher education and the degree to which regional characteristics are helpful is the level of utility of Trend Surface Analysis. Trend Surface Analysis and other mapping techniques offer significant potential for providing information regarding broad regional bases. Even though all of the information displayed in the contour maps is available in a number of tables, the interpretation of these data is greatly simplified when viewed as a map. A second advantage is the ability to compare data drawn from various sources. Universities as well as other large public concerns need to sense the desires of the populations they serve. Studies of public demand are the first step on the road to accountability. Trend Surface Analysis offers a promising technique for interpreting the large volumes of data that accompany statewide assessment. (Author)
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