ERIC Number: ED314002
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
The Role of the College Institutional Research Office.
Research Report, v13 n1 Nov 1989
The paper reviews findings, many of them unexpected, of college institutional research offices and other educational researchers listed under the following headings: the working student, the academic load, economic background, cooperation, cultural literacy, retention, and outcomes assessment. Noted findings include: the student who holds a part-time job generally outperforms the student who does not work; the greater the number of academic hours carried by full time students the better the academic performance; although there is a strong relationship between total family income and student performance on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, students from very well-to-do families tend to perform poorly; cooperative study may be more effective than individual study; basic cultural literacy appears lacking in college freshmen; although only 27% of entering freshmen at public universities have graduated after 4 years, 60% of these students have either graduated or are still enrolled. Institutional researchers are encouraged to develop means of measuring more important student outcomes such as the development of humane values and problem-solving skills. (DB)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Cooperation, Credits, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Knowledge Level, Outcomes of Education, Public Colleges, Research Needs, Socioeconomic Influences, Student Characteristics, Student Employment, Student Evaluation
United Negro College Fund, Inc., 500 East 62nd St., New York, NY 10021.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Negro College Fund, Inc., New York, NY.
Note: Revision of paper originally presented at the meeting of the Georgia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (July 31, 1989).