ERIC Number: ED306992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Traditional Centralized Model of Institutional Research: Its Derivation & Evolution at One College.
A description is provided of Rancho Santiago College's institutional research program, which uses a traditional centralized research model, augmented with alternative, decentralized approaches. First, background information is presented on the college and the role of the research office in management, decision-making, and educational support. Next, the organizational structure of the district is explained, with particular emphasis on the role of the director of research and planning within the college's Planning Council and Research Committee. After exploring the relationships between the research office and other college departments, the paper discusses the researcher's role as campus and team leader. The next section explains the operations of the centralized research model on campus, highlighting: (1) the annual development of a research agenda of specific priorities and studies to be conducted; (2) staffing of the research office by a full-time director and administrative secretary and up to 12 part-time or grant-funded staff members in various positions; and (3) reporting, disseminating, and utilizing research findings. After acknowledging that the research study process has differed slightly for each study conducted, the paper offers examples of two studies that exemplify the standard structure. Finally, the advantages and disadvantages of the centralized model are reviewed, highlighting the elimination of redundancy, the easy identification of gaps in research knowledge, and the potential for the isolation of the researchers from the programs and services they are studying. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rancho Santiago Community Coll., Santa Ana, CA.