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ERIC Number: ED504327
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 33
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Faculty and Administrator Data Use at Achieving the Dream Colleges: A Summary of Survey Findings. Culture of Evidence Series, Report No. 3
Jenkins, Davis; Kerrigan, Monica Reid
Community College Research Center, Columbia University
This study examines what specific data college faculty and administrators use in their jobs and the extent to which they use data analysis to design and improve the impact of programs and services. The study is based on a survey on the use of student data by faculty and administrators at 41 community colleges participating in Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count, a major national initiative designed to improve educational outcomes for community college students, particularly students of color and low-income students. Study findings suggest three broad conclusions: (1) Achieving the Dream may have had an impact on data use at the colleges, although perhaps not as widespread as had been hoped, or as integrated with planning and budgeting functions as might be expected; (2) Producing substantive changes in culture and practice is a long process; and (3) An apparent disconnect between the extent of data use by faculty and administrators and the views and management practices of college leadership suggests that leadership commitment and a data oriented approach to institutional management may not be sufficient to encourage faculty and administrators to become more data-oriented in practice. Further analysis is recommended to better understand the relationship between data use and budgeting and planning efforts. (Contains 12 tables.) [Additional financial support was provided by College Spark Washington. For the full report, "Evidence-Based Decision Making in Community Colleges: Findings from a Survey of Faculty and Administrator Data Use at Achieving the Dream Colleges," see ED504243.]
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:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Columbia University, Community College Research Center; MDRC; Achieving the Dream, Inc.
Identifiers - Location: Florida; New Mexico; North Carolina; Pennsylvania; Texas; Virginia; Washington