ERIC Number: ED313061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Community College Institutional Research: What, Why, and How?
An analysis is provided of institutional research conducted by community colleges in an effort to draw conclusions about appropriate standards for different types of studies. The paper focuses on four categories of research: (1) research conducted to fulfill external reporting requirements and to influence policy at state and federal levels; (2) formative research on institutional efficiency as measured by teacher-student a full-time/part-time faculty ratios, institutional effectiveness or educational outcomes, community needs assessments, and faculty/staff evaluations; (3) research to inform decisionmaking for program development and change; and (4) studies conducted to improve public relations and marketing research. Guidelines are presented as standards for good institutional research, underscoring the importance of following acceptable sampling, statistical, definitional, and evaluative procedures; and of ensuring that research is timely and has practical applications. The final section of the paper analyzes six research reports; a program report on student retention by Gainesville College Georgia; and five California projects. These are: a marketing survey conducted by the Coast Community College District, a community needs asessment by Cerritos Community College, characteristics conducted by the San Francisco Community College District. (AYC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Graduate seminar paper, University of California, Los Angeles.