ERIC Number: ED319327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The Functions of Institutional Research. 2nd Edition.
Saupe, Joe L.
The purposes and nature of institutional research are described as well as its role in institutional governance and of the contributions it can make to the functioning of postsecondary institutions. The first section in the booklet discusses the nature and purposes of institutional research by describing several forms of research and comparing and contrasting institutional research with other types of research. The second section describes the various ways in which the function of institutional research is included in the organizational structures of colleges and universities. The third section discusses associated responsibilities, other than research, that are typically assigned to offices of institutional research as well as describing the characteristics of sound institutional research and basic tools of the activity. Comments are included on communication of the findings of institutional research and descriptions of several special forms and methodologies of the activity. The final section is an outline of the potential of institutional research for contributing to planning, decision making, and policy formulation in a wide variety of areas of institutional governance. Fourteen additional resources are listed. (Author/GLR)
Descriptors: College Planning, Decision Making, Governance, Higher Education, Information Management, Institutional Research, Organizational Development, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Research Methodology
The Association for Institutional Research, 314 Stone Building, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL 32306-3038.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research.