ERIC Number: ED267879
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-May
Reference Count: 0
Who Uses Institutional Research and Why? Research Report No. 85-22.
A survey was conducted at Miami-Dade Community College (MDCC) to assess the usefulness of the approach being employed at the college to provide decision makers with institutional research information which involves the large scale distribution of abstracts and/or full research reports to faculty and administrators. Surveys were distributed to all chairpersons and administrators (N=151), Faculty Senate Presidents (N=4), and a sample of administrative/professional staff members (N=24). Study findings, based on an overall response rate of 53%, included the following: (1) when asked to identify which categories of reports they used in decision making, 75% of the respondents indicated that they used student profile/enrollment reports, just over 50% used placement and follow-up reports, and 50% used institutional research reports which focused on the college's standards of academic progress; (2) over 80% of the respondents indicated that they read the abstracts of the reports as soon as they are received; (3) 45% filed the abstracts after reading them, and 25% ordered the full report; (4) only 3% of the respondents said they ignored the abstracts completely; (5) administrators were more likely than department chairs to want reports pertaining to research outside of their area of responsibility; (6) 90% said they shared information from the abstracts or reports with others; and (7) approximately 75% indicated that the abstract was the preferred format for receiving information. The survey instrument is appended. (LAL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.