ERIC Number: EJ995404
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Is There a Need for a European Institutional Research?
Mathies, Charles; Valimaa, Jussi
Tertiary Education and Management, v19 n1 p85-96 2013
Recent changes in European higher education have accompanied a strong desire and need by national ministries to have comparable data across institutions and a growing recognition from campus leaders that effective planning and decision-making requires reliable institutional data and analyses. This has induced changes and restructuring of duties and roles of administration, administrative staff and academic staff. In North America, internal institutional data analysis is often referred to as institutional research. We examine the roles and functions of institutional research within North America and how the changes within European higher education have created a purpose for institutional research. Specifically, we explore the topical areas of institutional assessment, data management, institutional governance, as well as the changing identity of academic professionals within European universities. Within our examination, we explore in-depth one European country's higher education system to demonstrate how history, culture and legislative changes manifest into a need for institutional research.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Evaluation, Governance, Data Analysis, Institutional Research, Professional Identity, Institutional Characteristics, Knowledge Management, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Educational Development, Policy Formation, Case Studies, Data Collection, Data Processing, Educational Environment, Performance Factors, Comparative Education
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Finland; North America