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Swing, Randy L.; Jones, Darlena; Ross, Leah Ewing – Association for Institutional Research, 2016
A national survey of a professional field is an appropriate and logical undertaking for a professional membership association such as the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). The National Survey of Institutional Research Offices is the most comprehensive survey of offices of institutional research ever undertaken. The goal was to collect…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, National Surveys, Institutional Characteristics, Colleges
Swing, Randy L. – Association for Institutional Research, 2016
The need for data-informed decisions is not limited to national policy, state systems, or senior leadership of postsecondary institutions. Decisions that impact the achievement of higher education missions are also made by students, faculty, frontline staff, and program administrators--all of who deserve data and information to support their…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Information Utilization, Higher Education, Data Collection
Lillibridge, Fred; Swing, Randy L.; Jones, Darlena; Ross, Leah Ewing – Association for Institutional Research, 2016
The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is engaged in a variety of efforts to document the current state of institutional research. In 2012, the Association initiated a critically important effort to identify the tasks involved in the work of institutional research (IR) across all titles and variations represented in its membership. This…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Definitions, Leadership, Research Directors
Sweitzer, Kyle V.; Hoffman, Jennifer; Horton, David, Jr. – Association for Institutional Research, 2014
To varying degrees, institutional research (IR) offices are involved in the collection and reporting of academic, financial, and gender equity data related to their student-athletes and athletic programs. However, many institutional researchers are not familiar with athletics data and/or reporting requirements. This article discusses the degree to…
Descriptors: Athletes, College Athletics, Two Year Colleges, Colleges
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
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