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Zan, Xinxing Anna; Yoon, Sang Won; Khasawneh, Mohammad; Srihari, Krishnaswami – Association for Institutional Research, 2013
In an effort to develop a low-cost and user-friendly forecasting model to minimize forecasting error, we have applied average and exponentially weighted return ratios to project undergraduate student enrollment. We tested the proposed forecasting models with different sets of historical enrollment data, such as university-, school-, and…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Enrollment Projections, Models, Undergraduate Students
Saupe, Joe L.; Eimers, Mardy T. – Association for Institutional Research, 2013
The purpose of this paper is to explore differences in the reliabilities of cumulative college grade point averages (GPAs), estimated for unweighted and weighted, one-semester, 1-year, 2-year, and 4-year GPAs. Using cumulative GPAs for a freshman class at a major university, we estimate internal consistency (coefficient alpha) reliabilities for…
Descriptors: Grade Point Average, College Freshmen, Reliability, Comparative Analysis
Crisp, Gloria; Palacios, Lisa; Kaulfus, John – Association for Institutional Research, 2013
The following article describes programs used by universities and colleges to engage students; these programs include mentoring, learning communities, and first-year success courses and programs. We begin with a brief overview of student development theory, program descriptions and citations, and article summaries for key references. Next, we…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, College Students, College Programs, Student Development
Seifert, Tricia A.; Wells, Ryan S.; Saunders, Daniel B.; Gopaul, Bryan – Association for Institutional Research, 2013
Past research has examined the widening gender gaps in college expectations and enrollment in the United States in which more women than men expect to continue their education and enroll in postsecondary institutions. A discrepancy exists between students' expectations and their enrollment behavior: more students expect to attend college than…
Descriptors: Gender Differences, Expectation, Enrollment Trends, College Attendance
Davis, Natalie Pullaro; Redd, Kenneth E. – Association for Institutional Research, 2013
This article uses findings from the 2012 Tuition Discounting Study (TDS) conducted by the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) to provide a framework for institutional researchers to develop and adapt their own custom tuition discounting definitions and formulas. Under tuition discounting, colleges and…
Descriptors: Tuition, Merit Scholarships, Grants, Undergraduate Students
D'Allegro, Mary Lou; Zhou, Kai – Association for Institutional Research, 2013
Peer selection based on the similarity of a couple of institutional parameters, by itself, is insufficient. Several other considerations, including clarity of purpose, alignment of institutional information to that purpose, identification of appropriate statistical procedures, review of preliminary peer sets, and the application of additional…
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Case Studies, Mixed Methods Research, Institutional Characteristics
Acquah, Edward H. K. – Association for Institutional Research, 2012
The academic program life cycle (APLC) concept states each program's life flows through several stages: introduction, growth, maturity, and decline. A mixed-influence diffusion growth model is fitted to annual enrollment data on academic programs to analyze the factors determining progress of academic programs through their life cycles. The…
Descriptors: College Programs, Program Development, Models, Outcome Measures
Liu, Qin – Association for Institutional Research, 2012
This discussion constructs a survey data quality strategy for institutional researchers in higher education in light of total survey error theory. It starts with describing the characteristics of institutional research and identifying the gaps in literature regarding survey data quality issues in institutional research and then introduces the…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Higher Education, Quality Control, Researchers
Posey, James T.; Pitter, Gita Wijesinghe – Association for Institutional Research, 2012
The objective of this paper is to identify common essential information and data needs of colleges and universities and to suggest a model to integrate these data needs into one office or department. The paper suggests there are five major data and information foundations that are essential to the effective functioning of an institution: (a)…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Organizational Effectiveness, Information Management, Accreditation (Institutions)
Billups, Felice D. – Association for Institutional Research, 2012
Institutional researchers (IRs) are often asked to conduct focus groups as an efficient way to address an institutional concern or problem. Typically, IR professionals depend on external consultants and specialists to conduct these group interviews for them; however, due to recent resource constraints (staffing, budgets), they are increasingly…
Descriptors: Focus Groups, College Students, Student Characteristics, Institutional Research
Daun-Barnett, Nathan J. – Association for Institutional Research, 2012
For more than 50 years, human capital theory has been the cornerstone for understanding the value of investing in individuals' productive capacities in terms of both personal social and economic gain and the collective benefits that accrue to society. Vedder and Denhart (2007) challenge the hypothesis that public investment in higher education…
Descriptors: Public Colleges, Cost Effectiveness, State Aid, Educational Finance
Nelson, Kristi A.; Nicholas, Mark C. – Association for Institutional Research, 2012
The President of the University of Cincinnati charged the Academic Coordinating Committee (ACC), a universitywide governance body, to conduct a comprehensive review of degree programs by designing a process with multiple outcomes: building an academically stronger university; ensuring consistency with the institution's capacity and academic…
Descriptors: Program Improvement, Higher Education, Program Effectiveness, Academic Degrees
Craft, R. Kim; Baker, Joe G.; Myers, Brent E.; Harraf, Abe – Association for Institutional Research (NJ1), 2012
This paper details our experience with successfully increasing tuition revenues at Southern Utah University and provides a case study in how economic research and the politics of tuition policy combined to increase university revenue with stakeholder buy-in. Our success was based on three key factors: (a) we had a key administrator who advocated…
Descriptors: Evidence, Economic Research, Tuition, Educational Finance
Terkla, Dawn Geronimo; Sharkness, Jessica; Cohen, Margaret; Roscoe, Heather S.; Wiseman, Marjorie – Association for Institutional Research (NJ1), 2012
In an age in which information and data are more readily available than ever, it is critical for higher education institutions to develop tools that can communicate essential information to those who make decisions in an easy-to-understand format. One of the tools available for this purpose is a dashboard, a one- to two-page document that presents…
Descriptors: Measurement Equipment, Database Management Systems, Management Information Systems, Educational Indicators
Leimer, Christina – Association for Institutional Research (NJ1), 2011
Fostering data-driven decision-making is not an easy task, nor is getting busy people's attention in this age of information overload. How we write about and disseminate our findings can help. Writing to the audience, timing, formatting, choice of medium, and connecting results to institutional goals and current, even controversial, issues are…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Data, Evaluation Utilization, Research Utilization
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