ERIC Number: ED340429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
How Are We Doing? Institutional Research Looks at Itself.
Belcher, Marcia J.
In 1991, a study was conducted to determine the effectiveness of the institutional research (IR) office at Miami-Dade Community College (M-DCC). Two surveys were used to gather information for the study. The first was sent to the 285 M-DCC employees and board members on the IR office's mailing list, while the second was sent to 43 individuals, including IR personnel at other Florida community colleges, personnel at the Division of Community Colleges, and members of the Post-Secondary Education Planning Commission. Overall, about 35% of those surveyed at M-DCC returned their questionnaires, while statewide, 62% of those surveyed responded. Results indicated a high level of information use of IR reports by M-DCC respondents, and the vast majority of respondents found the information useful in decision making. IR publications generally received high ratings on the dimensions of timeliness of information, usefulness of information, readability, accuracy, ability to sustain interest, and objectivity. In addition, respondents who had requested individual information from the office in the previous 6 months were almost uniformly pleased with the information and help they received. Results from the statewide survey were also generally positive. Almost all (90%) of the respondents were aware of M-DCC's Institutional Research office, and 70% had used the results of M-DCC studies in their own work. On every area of the survey, over 85% of the respondents rated the office as "good" or "excellent." Appendixes provide survey results and questionnaires. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.