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ERIC Number: ED504324
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb-26
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
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IR Activities. IR Applications, Volume 12
Chambers, Stephen; Gerek, Mary Louise
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
Institutional research is the sum total of all activities directed at describing the full spectrum of functions (educational, administrative, and support) occurring within a college or university. Institutional research activities examine those functions in their broadest definitions, and embrace data collection and analytical strategies in support of decision-making at the institution (Middaugh, Trusheim, and Bauer, 1994). This paper presents a two-part perspective to describe strategies and activities appropriate for institutional research. The first perspective, "Insights from the Institutional Research Knowledge Base on Understanding Chief Executive Needs," developed by Stephen Chambers, looks at strategies with the question "Are we doing things the right way?" The second perspective is included in an appendix, "Institutional Research Activities Inventory," developed by Mary Louise Gerek, looks at specific activities with the question "Are we doing the right things?" (Article and appendix referenced separately.) [This issue of "IR Applications" was edited by Gerald W. McLaughlin and Terrence R. Russell.]
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serial; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research