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Rachford, Jennifer L.; Brown, Travis M.; Sambolin, Hector L., Jr.; Seligman, Lenny – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter demonstrates the complexity of pedagogical and curricular change as it unfolds through several overlapping phases of increasingly coordinated reflection and action around STEM initiatives at Pomona College. It argues for a networked model of research and practice, drawing on theory and lessons from improvement science and highlighting…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Institutional Research, Systems Development, STEM Education
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Bahr, Peter Riley – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2011
Students use the community college in a wide variety of ways to achieve an equally wide variety of ends. Some of these ends align closely with institutional goals, priorities, and performance indicators, and others do not. Consequently a typology of community college students based on their use of the institution has the potential to be of great…
Descriptors: College Students, Community Colleges, Classification, Remedial Programs
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Hatcher, Donald L. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2011
In this article, after describing one approach for teaching critical thinking (CT) that was in place at Baker University from 1990 to 2008, the author describes their experience assessing CT using three standardized exams and shows why the choice of a standardized CT test can be problematic and the results misleading. These results can be…
Descriptors: Test Results, Essay Tests, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills
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Chatman, Steve – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
Although there is agreement that graduating students should be able to function effectively in an increasingly diverse society, there is reasonable difference of opinion regarding how that goal should be accomplished and how progress should be measured. The most pervasive and appealing conventional wisdom is that positive attitudes and behaviors…
Descriptors: College Environment, Undergraduate Students, Student Surveys, State Universities
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Miller, Berkeley; Sujitparapitaya, Sutee – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
Numerous studies have found that minority students do experience insensitive if not discriminatory behavior on college campuses, and students who experience such behavior report lower levels of social integration and institutional commitment. However, there are at least two limitations to much of the campus climate literature. First, virtually all…
Descriptors: College Environment, Social Discrimination, Minority Groups, College Students
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Murchison, Stuart B. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
Geographic information systems (GIS) are a major component of the geospatial sciences, which are also composed of geostatistical analysis, remote sensing, and global positional satellite systems. These systems can be integrated into GIS for georeferencing, pattern analysis, visualization, and understanding spatial concepts that transcend…
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, National Security, Emergency Programs, Higher Education
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Hom, Willard C. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
The system office for community college institutional research (SOCCIR) plays a role in the drama of higher education that states must orchestrate to help community college systems operate effectively and efficiently over the long term. But how exactly does the SOCCIR enable a state to accomplish what the separate institutional research (IR)…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Community Colleges, Public Sector
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Hom, Willard C. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
System offices for community college institutional research differ in many ways from campus offices for community college institutional research. The other chapters in this volume describe salient characteristics of system IR offices, but many readers may want to see a direct comparison of system IR offices to campus IR offices in the community…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Community Colleges, Systems Approach, Comparative Analysis
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Hom, Willard C. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
This chapter describes the system office for community college institutional research in California. As the system IR office for the largest community college system in the nation, it is often looked to as a leader for other states and community college IR systems. The author notes the office's administrative environment, its staffing and…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Community Colleges, Higher Education, Administrative Organization
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Castro, Consuelo Rey – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2000
Explores faculty satisfaction with collective bargaining and unionization, using experience at six California community colleges as an example. Considers faculty satisfaction/dissatisfaction factors and unionization, the changing role of the faculty union, and the views of six California college faculty union presidents. (DB)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Community Colleges, Faculty College Relationship, Faculty Organizations