ERIC Number: EJ916998
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 2
Using Personnel and Financial Data for Reporting Purposes: What Are the Challenges to Using Such Data Accurately?
Valcik, Nicolas A.; Stigdon, Andrea D.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n140 p13-24 Win 2008
Although institutional researchers devote a great deal of time mining and using student data to fulfill mandatory federal and state reports and analyze institutional effectiveness, financial and personnel information is also necessary for such endeavors. In this article, the authors discuss the challenges that arise from extracting data from administrative systems, negotiating the administrative process that manages these data, addressing compliance issues, and avoiding common pitfalls while working with personnel and financial data. They articulate the importance of institutional researchers' knowledge of business processes in relation to personnel and finance data in order to interpret the meaning of data accurately. In addition, common reports and surveys that involve personnel and financial data are summarized. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Educational Finance, Barriers, Personnel Data, Statistical Data, Data Interpretation, Data Processing, Organizational Theories, Organizational Culture, Organizational Climate, Financial Audits, Accounting
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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