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Borden, Victor M. H.; Pike, Gary R. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
The past 25 years have witnessed an ebb and flow of the accountability movement in the United States as national interest in and concern about the quality and effectiveness of higher education have moved in and out of the forefront of public consciousness. Today Democrats and Republicans alike are critical of higher education and calling for…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Accountability, Researchers
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Peng, Samuel S.; Wang, Li-Yun – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
The condition of higher education is an important indicator of a nation's competitiveness in the modern knowledge-based world economy. Higher education builds up a nation's human resources by equipping students with advanced knowledge, professional skills, and critical and creative thinking ability. Higher education institutions are significant,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Private Colleges, Foreign Countries, Human Resources
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Sharma, Rajendra – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
The Australian higher education system has experienced significant changes since the mid-1980s. Notable are introduction of an income-contingent loan (the Higher Education Contribution Scheme) for "government" funded places; changing from aid to trade with respect to international students, including introduction of full fees for such…
Descriptors: Higher Education, State Government, Accountability, Public Agencies
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Middaugh, Michael; Silva, Moises; Ramirez, Soledad; Reich, Ricardo – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
Institutional research (IR) in Latin America is experiencing dramatic growth due, in no small measure, to the need for quality assurance in educational institutions developing trained workforces for emerging economies. Quality can be assured only where it can be measured, and that is at the core of institutional research in countries to the south…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Quality Control, Foreign Countries