ERIC Number: ED382078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Apr-11
Institutional Research: Is It a Fad or Here To Stay?
Tan, David L.
This paper examines the role of institutional research (IR) in higher education, focusing on past trends and future possibilities for such research. It discusses the origin of IR in the 1950s and 1960s as a force to assist higher education planning and management, as well as the expansion and fragmentation of IR in the 1970s and 1980s due to retrenchment and calls for accountability in higher education. It is argued that future IR must be both centralized and decentralized, as well as more pro-active, in dealing with the challenges faced by higher education institutions. Such IR should be designed to: (1) inform constituents; (2) provide a rational approach to decision making; (3) assist in the formulation of institutional policies; (4) identify problems and provide alternative means of resolution; (5) facilitate management and evaluate outcomes; (6) support resource allocation; and (7) integrate IR with institutional planning. (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Spring Conference of the Oklahoma Association for Institutional Research and Planning (Stillwater, OK, April 11, 1995).