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ERIC Number: EJ774417
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1068-610X
Connecting Silos: Use of Institutional Action Research for Integrating Disparate Student Success Initiatives
Pilarzyk, Tom; Wang, Yan
Journal of Applied Research in the Community College, v14 n2 p87-95 Spr 2007
Action research can play an important role in institutional research endeavors to improve the quality of organizational performance in higher education. This article outlines how the action research perspective informed a research design that integrated fragmented and isolated student success initiatives at a large urban two-year institution where increasing accountability is demanded. It also highlights how empirically assessing the impact of factors extraneous to education can be guided by a common working model which integrates them with the needs of student success initiatives. In conclusion, the authors advocate for greater recognition of institutional action research within the profession while remaining cognizant of the organizational factors that must be present to make such an expanded role possible and successful. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Wisconsin