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ERIC Number: EJ858618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 11
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0579
Accountability, Accreditation, and Continuous Improvement: Building a Culture of Evidence
Morest, Vanessa Smith
New Directions for Institutional Research, n143 p17-27 Fall 2009
Like other public sector institutions, higher education has become part of the accountability movement. Colleges and universities increasingly rely on institutional research offices to document performance by providing data to external audiences. In fact, most of the funding available to colleges and universities today comes with some kind of reporting requirement. In addition, accrediting bodies have significantly shifted their orientation toward data-driven continuous improvement. These two forces have thrust institutional research offices into the spotlight and have presented them with challenges as they play their role in contributing to a culture of evidence. This chapter focuses on the challenges and possibilities of building a culture of evidence. The author begins with some discussion of the background of this movement. Changing institutional culture is a complex undertaking, and this particular request for change calls for the development of an array of new processes and structures. Motivating faculty and staff to engage in institutional transformation by contributing to and supporting institutional research and assessment in their daily practice is the challenge facing many college administrators. The author believes that the key to overcoming these challenges lies in recognizing that the constituents of institutional research offices are internal, rather than external, stakeholders of the organization. Faculty, staff, and administrators will pay attention to and support research that is authentic and meaningful to them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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