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Musoba, Glenda D.; Gross, Jacob P. K.; Hossler, Don – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
The world of policymaking on the campuses of colleges and universities is messy, ambiguous, and contested. In this complex environment, which Kingdon (2003) has aptly called a "policy soup," the role of institutional research is often not only to provide answers to existing policy questions but to produce information to help transform…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Role, Educational Policy
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McClintock, Patricia J.; Snider, Kevin J. G. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
There is almost nothing more frustrating to an institutional researcher than seeing university leaders ignore data. The case study in this article examines how an institutional research office was able to put data to work in enrollment services and produce record-setting numbers of applications, admissions, and confirmations within a nine-month…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Recruitment, Case Studies, Decision Making