ERIC Number: ED333944
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Increasing Institutional Research Effectiveness and Productivity: Findings from a National Survey.
Huntington, Robin B.; Clagett, Craig A.
In 1991, a national survey was conducted of institutional research directors at 150 two- and four-year colleges to investigate practitioner perceptions of institutional research effectiveness and productivity. Randomly selected directors of institutional research were mailed a one-page questionnaire, requesting information about institution size and type and the level, composition, and adequacy of institutional research staffing. Major findings, based on an 82% response rate, included the following: (1) four-year public institutions had the largest average staff size at nearly five full-time equivalent (FTE) positions, while four-year private institutions had the smallest average staff size (2.4 FTE) and community colleges fell in between (3 FTE); (2) the highest average ratings of adequacy were given by those directors with staffs of at least 5 FTE; (3) the most frequently cited obstacles to increasing the effectiveness of institutional research were insufficient staff, lack of appreciation of data by top administrators, and lack of an accessible, integrated database; (4) proposed means for increasing office productivity included adding more staff, better mainframe database/access, and better use of personal computer technology; and (5) techniques and tools which increased respondents' effectiveness included PC software, on-line access to mainframe files, and state-of-the-art microcomputer systems. Responses to open-ended questions regarding obstacles, increasing productivity, and techniques and tools are attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education, Institutional Research, National Surveys, Organizational Effectiveness, Productivity, Research Administration, Research Directors, Research Problems, Research Utilization, Staff Utilization, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland Univ., Baltimore. Baltimore County Campus.; Prince George's Community Coll., Largo, MD. Office of Institutional Research and Analysis.