ERIC Number: ED161347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
The Costs and Benefits of Information: Data-Based Decisions at the Private Institution. AIR Forum Paper 1978.
Jenny, Hans H.
University information systems are designed to make decisions easier and to provide good information for administrative tasks. Data do not by themselves produce better decisions, and more data can make agreement on issues more complicated. When collegial decisions are made, the precise impact of data and models is uncertain. When there is no strong value consensus, agreements on complex decisions are hard even with sophisticated data. Even when values are agreed upon, people see data differently. The decision-making process involving administrators and faculty becomes a cultural event and not a scientific exercise. Private higher education institutions have made great strides in the development and application of the data base decision process. A systematic data base is needed because of the many complexities that must be considered. Small miscalculations in a budget can amount to large sums of money. One of the prerequisites for any information system is that there be a will to study, analyze, plan, and compare. The primary benefit of data is providing information on choices for making decisions. (SW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual Association for Institutional Research Forum (18th, Houston, Texas, May 21-25, 1978)