ERIC Number: EJ916996
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Why Is It Important to Analyze and Use Business and Human Resources Data?
Wallace, Raymond H.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n140 p5-11 Win 2008
The flattening world, growing expectations of accountability, and retiring baby boomers are just a few of the issues in the rapidly changing work environment that make it essential for colleges and universities to understand a wider variety of business affairs data in order to be competitive and effective. To meet these challenges, institutional research professionals must continually expand their responsibilities and revisit the types of data used and the way that data are managed and applied. The ability to process data more rapidly and decision makers' thirst for data are driving this expansion. It makes sense that simpler routine tasks should be automated to leave more time and resources to add value by transforming data into useful information. In order to inform decision makers of institutional effectiveness, institutional researchers are looking closer at the types of data that have been largely ignored in the past. An example is the analysis of facilities data. Watt (2007) explains how institutions can benefit from better understanding facilities data on classroom management, personnel management, research activity, and return on investment analyses. Another area of study into which institutional researchers' roles are expanding is the analysis of human resource and finance data. This chapter provides a framework of how and why human resource data are used, as well as the different analyses that college and universities are currently using, to determine institutional operational needs and effectiveness.
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Institutional Research, Institutional Evaluation, Outcomes of Education, Personnel Management, Baby Boomers, Work Environment, Researchers, Human Resources, Accountability, Data Analysis, Instructional Effectiveness, Adults
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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