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ERIC Number: EJ1062765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: EISSN-2161-4210
Reflective (Ac) Counting: Institutional Research, Evaluation, & Assessment in a Time of Cholera
Heinecke, Walter F.
Research & Practice in Assessment, v6 p36-39 Sum 2011
Institutional researchers (IR) and assessment professionals in higher education are living in interesting and challenging times, one might say in times of crisis. As federal and state coffers have shrunk in a time of rising costs of higher education, university budgets are tightening while at the same time calls for accountability are increasing (U.S. Department of Education, 2006). The discourse of higher education quality has changed to focus on "return on investment" as the criteria for college and university success. As a result, institutional researchers are caught in a conflicting press for efficiency, accountability and excellence. The research on the role of IR professionals reflects more emphasis on "accountability and performance" and "outcomes assessment" among other job tasks (Volkwein, 2008, p. 9). This article attempts to offer perspective related to the "issues intelligence" as well as the "contextual intelligence" that make up the "organizational intelligence" of IR (Volkwein, 2008, p. 5; see also Terenzini, 1999).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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