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ERIC Number: ED524829
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Rise of Institutional Effectiveness: IR Competitor, Customer, Collaborator, or Replacement? Professional File. Number 120, Spring 2011
Leimer, Christina
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
As Institutional Research (IR) moves beyond its fiftieth anniversary, a new profession, called Institutional Effectiveness (IE), is emerging. In some respects, IR and IE are similar. IE, though, appears to be taking the leadership role. What are the structure, purpose, and responsibilities of IE offices? What are the implications for the IR field and its practitioners? How can Presidents and Provosts determine which of the two will best meet their institutions' needs for evidence-based decision-making, assessment, continuous improvement, and accountability? To lay the groundwork for discussion of the emergence of IE offices and the implications for IR, this paper first differentiates IR and IE roles and responsibilities. Subsequently, literature about the definition of IR and the state of the field at various points in time is utilized to put forth a macro-level view of the field's trajectory and suggest reasons why IR may not be meeting the needs addressed by IE offices. Utilizing results of the website review, the next section provides examples of IR and IE office missions, structures, and relationship to each other at multiple institutions. This examination is intended to reveal whether IR is being replaced by or complemented by IE. The discussion then moves to the question of whether IR, IE, or both are necessary to meet today's changing needs and the skills required to carry out IE responsibilities. In the last section, the author considers implications for IR professionals and the IR field as IE offices gain ground. A bibliography is included. (Contains 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
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