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Laguilles, Jerold S. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
This chapter describes the background and process for collecting postgraduation outcomes data at a 4-year not-for-profit private college. The strategies, analyses, and reporting of this data-collection effort are highlighted with the use of a case study.
Descriptors: Private Colleges, Outcome Measures, Data Collection, Graduate Study
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Ma, Yanli; Kulich, James; Hu, Shouping – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2015
This chapter focuses on perspectives of external data reporting and their implications for institutional research offices and campuses as a whole. The authors examine a variety of uses for externally reported data and explore opportunities for using these data more fully across the institution.
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Information Policy, Disclosure, Accountability
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Chen, P. Daniel; Haynes, R. Michael – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2015
To whom should higher education institutions provide data, and what is the impact of transparency on institutions?
Descriptors: Accountability, Institutional Research, Higher Education, Data
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O'Leary, Lisa S. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2014
This chapter describes how canonical correlation was used in conjunction with an item response theory model to address the relationship between college students' civic engagement involvement and attitudes as undergraduates. The constructs of interest were students' participation in civic, political, and expressive activities, as well as…
Descriptors: College Students, Citizen Participation, Correlation, Program Descriptions
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Taylor, Barrett J.; Webber, Karen L.; Jacobs, Gerrie J. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2013
While individuals in each country or part of the world face unique issues, many challenges facing higher education today are similar across the world. The great majority of higher education systems have grown in recent decades, enrolling far more students than they did in prior years and expanding their activities into new spheres such as economic…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Higher Education, Global Approach, Educational Development
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Bers, Trudy – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2012
This final chapter provides observations about institutional research in community colleges derived from the preceding chapters and the issue editors' own experiences. Taken as a whole, the chapters in this issue, as well as the editors' experiences, suggest several observations about institutional research in community colleges. These include the…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Community Colleges, Accountability, Resource Staff
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Bers, Trudy – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2012
Surveys and benchmarks continue to grow in importance for community colleges in response to several factors. One is the press for accountability, that is, for colleges to report the outcomes of their programs and services to demonstrate their quality and prudent use of resources, primarily to external constituents and governing boards at the state…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Community Colleges, Accountability, Surveys
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Penn, Jeremy D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2011
Assessment of general education has a long history, although relative to the age of liberal education and educational evaluation it is a very recent development. One of the first recorded efforts to comprehensively assess student achievement in higher education in the United States occurred in the late 1920s and early 1930s, when many institutions…
Descriptors: General Education, Multiple Choice Tests, Outcomes of Education, Student Evaluation
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Penn, Jeremy D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2011
In 1933-1934, a few years before the landmark study on student achievement by Learned and Wood (1938), the total enrollment of students in colleges, universities, junior colleges, teachers colleges, and normal schools was around 1.06 million out of a U.S. population of about 126.5 million, or about 0.8 percent. In 2008, the total projected fall…
Descriptors: Higher Education, General Education, Outcomes of Education, Evaluation Methods
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Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
A diverse society has created a diverse education system, which in turn requires diverse and complex mechanisms of quality control. The diversity and complexity of the industrial, service, and knowledge-based economy, with its vast variety of occupations and dynamic labor markets, heavily influences the curricular structures and academic profiles…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Needs, Quality Control, Accountability
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Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
In this chapter, the author proposes a model for assessing institutional effectiveness. The Volkwein model for assessing institutional effectiveness consists of five parts that summarize the steps for assessing institutions, programs, faculty, and students. The first step in the model distinguishes the dual purposes of institutional effectiveness:…
Descriptors: Institutional Evaluation, Models, Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Criteria
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Yin, Alexander C.; Volkwein, J. Fredericks – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
In both purpose and practice, general education in American higher education has experienced several recurring debates and national revivals. In a world with constantly evolving technology, students need a strong general education to be flexible and adaptable to the changes of the world. General education is an important component and requirement…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, General Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Definitions
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Prince, David; Seppanen, Loretta; Stephens, Deborah; Stewart, Carmen – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
This chapter discusses Washington State's Student Achievement Initiative, a new performance funding system for community and technical colleges. Its purposes are to improve public accountability by more accurately describing what students achieve from enrolling in state colleges each year and provide incentives through financial rewards to…
Descriptors: Technical Institutes, State Colleges, Community Colleges, Incentives
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Hughes, John – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
This chapter describes the system office for community college institutional research (SOCCIR) for the State of Florida. The Division of Florida Colleges has a long history of providing reports that contain information on issues of interest to both the individual members of the system and the public. Fact books have been produced by the office for…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Community Colleges, Administrative Organization, Reports
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Schoenecker, Craig – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2010
This chapter describes the system office for community college institutional research for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. What makes this System Offices for Community College Institutional Research (SOCCIR) somewhat different from the others reviewed in this volume is that the Minnesota system IR office has responsibilities for both…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, State Colleges, Administrative Organization, Governing Boards
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