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ERIC Number: EJ791431
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0560
Typical Institutional Research Studies on Students: Perspective and Examples
Delaney, Anne Marie
New Directions for Higher Education, n141 p57-67 Spr 2008
Institutional research can enhance an institution's competitive advantage through admission research by comparing the characteristics of inquirers who apply with those who do not; by documenting trends in the characteristics of applicants; and by conducting studies of accepted students, comparing those who matriculate with those who do not. Retention studies are an opportunity to link admission criteria to student performance in college. Studies on current students offer a basis for evaluating the academic program and student life. Finally, alumni studies present a unique chance to elicit graduates' evaluation of their education from the perspective of their postgraduate life and work experience. This article describes typical admission studies that focus primarily on the search and choice stages. The discussion highlights methodological issues, topics, and policy implications of these studies. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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