ERIC Number: ED473101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
The IR-EP: A Powerful Model for Self-Assessment and Planning in IR. AIR 2002 Forum Paper.
Polinsky, Tracy L.
While institutional researchers commonly evaluate the programs and services provided by their colleges, they rarely evaluate their own effectiveness with as much gusto. If Institutional Research (IR) is to serve as the bedrock of an institution's effectiveness, it must be effective in itself and continually improving. It must make certain that the services it provides meet the needs of its customers. To this end a comprehensive Institutional Research Effectiveness Plan (IR-EP), rooted in the mission and goals of the college, was created, used, and evaluated. The results were almost as interesting as the process itself. The 5-Column Model of J. Nichols was used to create the IR-EP, and objectives were written that encapsulated what IR at this college was attempting to do to meet each goal. IR closely examined its role at the college with a focus on how people should benefit from what was done. An interview with the dean and survey of customers (college faculty and personnel) showed that IR data were used extensively at the college, but that while customers clearly understood IR reports, they wanted an increased emphasis on application and recommendation. The IR-EP, designed to promote continuous improvement, can be used to help the college carry out its mission and achieve its goals. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Forum for the Association for Institutional Research (42nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 2-5, 2002).