ERIC Number: ED189998
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Choosing a Computer Language for Institutional Research. The AIR Professional File No. 6.
AIR Professional File, n6 Sum 1980
It is suggested that much thought should be given to choosing an appropriate computer language for an institutional research office, considering the sophistication of the staff, types of planned application, size and type of computer, and availability of central programming support in the institution. For offices that prepare straight reports and inferential statistics a statistical language that provides report features is recommended; straight report language is suggested for offices not doing inferential statistics. Offices doing their own programming, in part, should keep in mind that: (1) programs producing reports should be clearly documented in English; (2) there should be no more than two languages used in an office, and no more than one person should know each language; (3) new staff members should learn the languages used, rather than introduce a new language the new staffer knows; and (4) existing official data files should be used whenever possible rather than creating separate new ones. (MSE)
Descriptors: Computer Oriented Programs, Higher Education, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Institutional Characteristics, Institutional Research, Management Systems, Programing, Programing Languages, Recordkeeping, Statistical Analysis
Association for Institutional Research, 314 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.