ERIC Number: ED390514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of Miami-Dade's Office of Institutional Research. Research Report No. 95-01R.
Belcher, Marcia J.; Baldwin, Anne
As a follow-up to 1985 and 1991 efforts to determine its own effectiveness in providing useful information to the college community, the Office of Institutional Research (OIR) at Florida's Miami-Dade Community College conducted a self-evaluation in 1994. Questionnaires were mailed to 296 department chairs, Board members, and other professionals who receive research report abstracts and information capsules, generating a response rate of 37% (n=109). Study findings included the following: (1) 84% of the respondents were faculty members, and the largest area of responsibility indicated by respondents was academic affairs (26%); (2) 98% of the respondents were aware of receiving reports, and 65% used the results in decision-making; (3) 96% of the users perceived the OIR information as accurate and 90% thought it was objective; (4) compared to results from the 1991 evaluation, respondents' perceptions of the OIR's timeliness of data slipped from 92% in 1991 to 86% in 1994; (5) 93% of the individuals who requested information from the OIR by phone or in person indicated that they had a positive experience; (6) improvements suggested by respondents were related to providing better assistance to individual departments in conducting follow-up surveys, wider dissemination of data to faculty, and more campus interaction; and (7) most of the suggestions for future research topics related to outcomes and effectiveness measures. Appendixes provide information on OIR goals, the survey instrument, and sample responses to open-ended questions. (TGI)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Community Colleges, Educational Research, Institutional Research, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research and Development Centers, Research Projects, Research Reports, Research Utilization, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Attitudes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Miami-Dade Community Coll., FL. Office of Institutional Research.