ERIC Number: EJ1048477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
Handcuffing Institutional Research and Quality Assurance to the Student Experience: 50 Shades of Grey?
Perspectives: Policy and Practice in Higher Education, v18 n4 p119-123 2014
Institutional Research (IR), as a concept, has been gaining traction in the UK and across the world, as evidenced by the growing number of European, African, Australasian and North American associations, communities, conferences and publications. This paper stresses the need for high-quality (Institutional) research behaviours, aligned with and embedded in quality assurance (QA) and enhancement approaches as part of the "systematic" functions required by the QA Agency. Terenzini's "three tiers of organisational intelligence" are offered as a benchmark for framing IR as a highly credible, efficacious, pursuit. It is argued that when IR has the expected features of academic research, it is more likely to be supported and have positive impact on practices and policy development.
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Quality Assurance, Student Experience, Benchmarking, Performance Factors, Partnerships in Education, Research Skills, Alignment (Education), Experimenter Characteristics, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom