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ERIC Number: EJ817871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 22
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Confronting Ambiguity, Anarchy, and Crisis in Institutional Research: Using Student Unit Record Databases in Extra-Institutional Research
Musoba, Glenda D.; Gross, Jacob P. K.; Hossler, Don
New Directions for Institutional Research, n139 p95-116 Fall 2008
The world of policymaking on the campuses of colleges and universities is messy, ambiguous, and contested. In this complex environment, which Kingdon (2003) has aptly called a "policy soup," the role of institutional research is often not only to provide answers to existing policy questions but to produce information to help transform ambiguity and uneasiness into intelligible questions with tangible answers. Whether in the midst of an emergency or simply a series of problems with indeterminate solutions, institutional research (IR) as a professional field must respond to the real demands of the contemporary context through adopting new perspectives and testing different approaches to its practice. In this article, the authors explore a multifaceted, extra-institutional approach to IR that complements and reflects the complex and ambiguous landscapes of higher education in its use of a statewide student unit record (SUR) system. (Contains 3 tables and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indiana