ERIC Number: ED207443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
The Functions of Institutional Research.
Saupe, Joe L.
The nature and purpose of institutional research (IR), forms of research, and the function of IR in the organizational structures of colleges and universities are examined. Institutional research is defined as research conducted within a higher education institution to provide information that supports institutional planning, policy formulation, and decision-making. It is argued that IR is essential to collegiate planning or policy formation. Institutional research office benefits include a capacity to comprehend, combine, and analyze data resulting from the several operational activities of the college or university. Responsibilities of such an office include: responding to national statistical surveys or requests for data or information, contacting the state agency for higher education on matters relating to institutional data, serving on relevant statewide committees, collection and contributing to higher education periodicals, and contributing advice on planning and policy. Methods and techniques of IR are discussed in terms of the assumptions made, communications findings, research interpretation, information management, comparative analysis, data exchange, and modeling. Contribution of IR to planning, decision-making, and policy formulation are illustrated. (CC)
Descriptors: College Planning, Data Collection, Decision Making, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Institutional Evaluation, Institutional Research, Policy Formation, Research Design, Research Directors
Association for Institutional Research, 314 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallhassee, FL 32306.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.