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Franco, Marla A.; Hernández, Susana – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter provides an overview of the growth among Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs) and discusses the use of assessment as a key strategy for understanding institutional capacity for serving Latinx college students. Frameworks for understanding campus climate and examining college outcomes among Latinx students are explored, along with…
Descriptors: Hispanic American Students, College Students, College Environment, Outcomes of Education
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Zerquera, Desiree; Reyes, Kimberly A.; Pender, Jason T.; Abbady, Ramy – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter presents findings from a national survey that sought to capture the ways practitioners work to integrate both assessment and social justice into their work as central concepts and practices that guide their efforts in student affairs. In so doing, these practitioners are working to reclaim assessment from the traditional, dominant…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Student Evaluation, Teaching Methods, College Faculty
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Dorimé-Williams, Marjorie – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter discusses assessment practices and their potential contribution to inequitable educational policies that hamper marginalized students. It also provides alternative approaches to the assessment of student learning and outcomes, urging educators to consider more equitable responses.
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Social Justice, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Hong, Rebecca – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter examines the current pressures and realities in higher education assessment and highlights one campus' effort toward equipping faculty to move toward a learner-centered approach in teaching, learning, and assessment. It proposes a model of faculty development that integrates best practices of professional development with cultivating…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Faculty, Student Evaluation, Student Centered Learning
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Ballysingh, Tracy Arámbula; Hernández, Ignacio; Zerquera, Desiree – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter provides a framework for grounding social justice principles at the center of learning in higher education program assessment and evaluation courses. Pedagogical reflections are drawn from the classroom experiences of three faculty of color who represent diverse institutional, programmatic, and geographic contexts. Their advanced…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Higher Education, Program Evaluation, Minority Group Teachers
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Torres, Vasti; Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Heacock, Laurie T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter will demonstrate how Achieving the Dream, a nonprofit leader of a national reform network of community colleges and open-access universities, uses assessment to guide institutions toward a culture of evidence, equity and continuous improvement to improve student success.
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Networks, Educational Change, Educational Assessment
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Person, Dawn; Garcia, Yvonne – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter will value of including diverse voices of researchers. An innovative, cost-effective model for assessment will be described, capturing the process implemented at a university in its efforts to center social justice within assessment and evaluation research practices.
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Social Justice, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods
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Castro Samayoa, Andrés; Gasman, Marybeth – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
In this chapter, we focus on an institutional case study of Paul Quinn College, a historically Black college, to explore how its adoption of a "new urban college model" provides innovative ways of assessing institutions' success in supporting their students.
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Urban Schools, Institutional Evaluation, Evaluation Methods
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Cantwell, Bethan L.; Richter, Susan M. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
A successful IR leader in the digital institution requires effective communication skills to articulate institutional goals, as well as to collaborate with multiple groups for the design and management of operational tasks. This chapter examines the needed skills of senior IR professionals and how these skills apply within a digital institution.
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Leadership Qualities, Communication Skills, Organizational Communication
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Ferland, Christopher; Flachbarth, Justin – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
The market is full of vendors selling products each designed to solve institutional problems. But how does one choose the right tool for their institution and situation? Topics addressed in this chapter include: how to gauge institutional needs, how to evaluate products, and understand the available institutional resources (current and future).…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Research Needs, Needs Assessment, Evaluation Methods
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Honda, Hirosuke – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
The expansion of big data and analytics has led to the diffusion of institutional research functions across campus departments. In this new environment, IR professionals expect to lead and coordinate various institutional analyses. This article presents a four-quadrant framework to facilitate the dynamics between data analysis and decision-making.
Descriptors: Data Analysis, Institutional Research, Campuses, Departments
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Mathies, Charles – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
Evidence-based decision-making requires access to good and reliable data. In recent years, there has been a tremendous increase of data available to institutions, from internal as well as external sources. With this increase in data and its analytics, new challenges and questions arise. One of the most pertinent of which is the ethics and best…
Descriptors: Ethics, Information Utilization, Data, Access to Information
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Johnson, Gina; Simon, Jason – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
This chapter utilizes the duties and functions of institutional research to outline the skills needed by institutional research professionals in an evolving digital institution. The concept of future-proofing, explained and considered in this context, encourages professionals to develop skills for the present with the future needs of data-informed…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Researchers, Research Skills, Technological Advancement
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Drake, Brent M.; Walz, Aaron – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
Over the past 20 years, many colleges and universities have made significant progress in building data warehouses and implementing business intelligence tools to provide better access to administrative data that were previously locked away in enterprise systems. However, the data architectures from the 1990s and 2000s are aging as new technologies…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Business, Intelligence, Educational Technology
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Fraumann, Grischa – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2018
Altmetrics are tools for measuring the impact of research beyond scientific communities. In general, they measure online mentions of scholarly outputs, such as on online social networks, blogs, and news sites. Some stakeholders in higher education have championed altmetrics as a new way to understand research impact and as an alternative or…
Descriptors: Bibliometrics, Measurement Techniques, Citations (References), Social Networks
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