ERIC Number: ED367419
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Development of a Plan To Make the Office of Institutional Research a Human Resources Development Utility at Mercer County Community College.
Bolge, Robert D.
A study was undertaken at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) in New Jersey to establish a human resources development (HRD) utility role for the college's Office of Institutional Research (OIR). The study involved a search of current literature; a survey of OIRs at 14 New Jersey community colleges; interviews with 24 senior faculty members; and planning meetings with the president and deans at MCCC. Study findings included the following: (1) most of the community college OIRs provided a range of services to full-time faculty (e.g., student profiles, program evaluations, and test score analyses); however, only 5% to 10% of the faculty actually took advantage of these services, and services to faculty amounted to only 2% to 7% of the OIRs' annual activities; (2) faculty members informed of OIR resources felt that these resources could help them in self-development and improve their teaching and their management of the learning environment; (3) a practitioner-based research program would address the needs of faculty as expressed by both faculty members and administrators; and (4) senior MCCC administrators favored the idea of establishing an HRD-utility role for the OIR and were willing to support its implementation. The research produced five guiding principles which were used to develop an HRD-utility role for MCCC's OIR. Initial programs and services have been well received by full-time faculty. These principles can be used as a blueprint for other colleges to establish cost-effective HRD programs. (Contains 40 references, 2 survey instruments, and a 3-year implementation plan.) (KP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mercer County Community Coll., Trenton, NJ.