ERIC Number: ED416729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
The Structure and Function of Student Affairs Research Offices: A National Study.
Malaney, Gary D.
This study examined the structure and function of student affairs research offices (SAROs) at American colleges and universities. A total of 35 SAROs completed questionnaires during 1995 in regard to their organization and its activities. Overall, the study found only a small number of SAROs in American colleges and universities, mainly at public research and doctoral institutions. While a few offices were found to be relatively large, the majority of SAROs were one-person operations working with a limited budget. The median annual budget for the 31 offices that reported budgetary data was $65,000, which included staff salaries. It was found that survey research was the predominant form of research methodology for most offices and that 19 SAROs were engaged in total quality management initiatives. Twenty respondents indicated that their research findings had been reported at professional or scholarly meetings in the past 2 years. While it was found that 15 of the offices had been created in the past 2 years, a number of SAROs reported suffering budget cuts in recent years. (Contains 13 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (37th, Orlando, FL, May 18-21, 1997).