ERIC Number: ED442425
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
The Data Made Me Do It.
Zemsky, Robert, Ed.
Policy Perspectives, v9 n2 Mar 2000
This essay derives from roundtable discussions of teams from seven research universities involved in a Knight Collaborative Engagement on Academic Indicators and Information Systems to Guide Resource Decisions. While colleges and universities are built on the premise that good data, well tested by an often adversarial process of discovery and verification, can yield fundamental truths about how things work and how they ought to, most institutions have yet to learn how to use data strategically. The practice uses data for narrow and parochial causes, often to protect the existing order; seldom is data used as the instrument of strategy, that is, to gauge the capacity of an institution to fulfill current commitments or pursue new opportunities, to understand external markets and the competition for new or existing programs and services, to analyze the opportunities for new ventures through collaboration among departments and centers, or to explore the prospect of even broader collaboration with other colleges and universities. The essay suggests use of a matrix of domains and capacities to support strategic decision making and development of a national data base centered on collective performance to demonstrate responsibility for service to the public. (RH)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Computer Uses in Education, Data Analysis, Databases, Higher Education, Information Needs, Information Utilization, Marketing, Partnerships in Education, Public Support, Strategic Planning
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami, FL.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Inst. for Research on Higher Education.; Knight Collaborative, Akron, OH.