ERIC Number: ED499359
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Institutional Research and the Culture of Evidence at Community Colleges. Report No. 1 in the Culture of Evidence Series
Morest, Vanessa Smith; Jenkins, Davis
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This report presents findings from a study conducted by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) on how well prepared today's community colleges are in moving toward the greater use of data and research to improve student success. Data for the study were drawn from two major sources: first, an e-mail survey of college administrators responsible for institutional research (IR), and, second, case studies of 28 community colleges. The study aimed to learn how much IR capacity community colleges have in terms of IR staff size and facility with research methods, how IR is utilized by different actors within colleges, and what barriers exist that impede the development of IR analysis that would benefit college decision making. The study finds that community colleges wanting to expand the role of IR face several challenges in terms of resources, data collection, and institutional priorities. It also suggests that college leadership is a key component in making the necessary investment in IR capacity and in promoting changes in organizational practice that are required to embrace a strategy for using data to improve institutional performance.
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Community Colleges, Research Methodology, Surveys, Evaluation Research, Research Utilization, Educational Improvement, Success, Academic Achievement, College Administration, Case Studies, Teacher Researchers, Decision Making, Data Collection, Administrator Responsibility
Community College Research Center. Available from: CCRC Publications. Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street Box 174, New York, NY 10027. Tel: 212-678-3091; Fax: 212-678-3699; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.tc.columbia.edu/ccrc
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education, Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Community Coll. Research Center.