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Brown, Narren J.; Shelley, Mack C., II. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter puts forth a model of student-success-focused policy development at small colleges that elucidates the role of the institutional research (IR) professional, highlighting how the breadth of roles and responsibilities that IR professionals serve at these institutions intersect with traditional training and background.
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Success, Intervention, Program Effectiveness
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Porter, Stephen R. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005
In recent years, college administrators have become concerned with survey fatigue among students and declining response rates. Some campuses have responded by implementing policies about who can conduct surveys and which topics are permitted. This chapter describes the development of such policies and provides valuable suggestions to campus…
Descriptors: Organizational Objectives, Research Design, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Policy Formation
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Kennedy, John M. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005
Do institutional researchers need to get approval from their Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)? Are IRBs difficult to work with? This chapter explains the functioning of IRBs and offers suggestions for enhancing cooperation between IRBs and institutional researchers.
Descriptors: Researchers, Institutional Research, Organizational Climate, Organizational Theories
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Ewell, Peter T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005
This chapter discusses the evolution of alumni studies in the United States and how alumni data can be used to inform public policy.
Descriptors: Public Policy, Alumni, Graduate Surveys, College Outcomes Assessment
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Brennan, John; Williams, Ruth; Woodley, Alan – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005
This chapter examines the current uses of alumni studies in the United Kingdom and outlines their challenges and limitations to informing policy and curriculum reform.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Change, Curriculum Development, Alumni
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Phillippe, Kent A. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2005
Accountability and reporting mechanisms go hand in hand with government programs that promote workforce development. This chapter describes current practice in the United States and suggests how institutional researchers can help improve the process of documenting outcomes. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Accountability, Community Colleges, Research Reports
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Updegrove, Daniel A. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1981
The potentials and problems of using computer programs for developing college planning models and policy are discussed, and the capabilities of a number of commonly-used programs are outlined. The need for understanding and participation by nontechnical administrators is emphasized. (MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, College Planning, Computer Oriented Programs
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Bogue, E. Grady – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1983
Ideas and experiences to improve the art of influence with state agencies are provided. College presidents and institutional research officers were interviewed. The role of state agencies' future issues that may affect campus and state agency relationships are examined. (MLW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Community Involvement, Cooperation, Educational Policy
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Lasher, William F.; Firnberg, James W. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1983
Institutional researchers must be in the institutional planning process in the coming years if institutional research is to remain a viable administrative specialty. Politics is viewed in its purest sense as the influence individuals, organizations, or other entities have upon policy-setting and decision-making. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Decision Making, Futures (of Society), Government School Relationship
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Fincher, Cameron – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1985
Institutional research is a practicing art, whose merits lie in its relevance to and influence on decision and policy making. A more positive attitude toward theory-related research would enhance its future development. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Computers, Decision Making, Educational Research
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Fraser, Jeannette L.; Wright, Barbara W. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1978
Comparing large numbers of varying types of programs is a national-level problem that requires a uniform, total program perspective. A cost-per-student figure that has policy relevance for health professions education program needs to analyze the education output unit; be comparable across programs, schools, and institutions; and provide more…
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, Budgeting, Comparative Analysis, Cost Effectiveness
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Sheehan, Bernard S.; Gulko, Warren W. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1976
A review of the elementary ideas that are fundamental to most higher education resource models and necessary for understanding model-supported cost analyses. Analytic constructs providing information for policy decisions include the elementary model, the fundamental cost model, and the instructional cost index. (JT)
Descriptors: Administrative Principles, College Administration, Cost Effectiveness, Cost Estimates
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Ludwig, Meredith Jane – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1996
The public debate on the activities of college faculty is discussed, and a new, more policy-relevant approach to studying these activities is offered. The approach requires looking at faculty work activities as integrated and holistic, rather than fragmented, and describing faculty in a way that reflects the individualistic nature of faculty work.…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Faculty, Faculty Publishing, Faculty Workload
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Bernbom, Gerald – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1999
Discusses issues and practices in information management (IM) in a number of fields, with emphasis on the role of IM for institutional research and assessment, particularly in colleges and universities. Topics discussed include the scope of IM, the multiple uses of information, policy needs, administration of IM processes, taking an…
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, College Planning, Computer Uses in Education, Higher Education
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Linsley, Coral B. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1997
Reviews the basic concepts governing student aid funding and the mechanics of delivery, including a review of the development of current federal financial aid programs, the complexities of determining student need, institutional responsibility, and suggested areas for institutional research. Notes that the challenges ahead include strengthening…
Descriptors: College Planning, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Foundations of Education
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