ERIC Number: EJ1003233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Institutional Research in Light of Internationalization, Growth, and Competition
Taylor, Barrett J.; Webber, Karen L.; Jacobs, Gerrie J.
New Directions for Institutional Research, n157 p5-22 Spr 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 development. Pressures associated with growth bring higher education officials face to face with the need for heightened transparency and accountability. Because growth in scope often brings rising costs, campus officials also face concerns about student access and greater affordability. Globalization compounds these challenges by facilitating growth in student enrollment, changes in the curriculum, and competition from expanded educational providers. In this chapter, the authors outline broad trends related to internationalization, growth, and competition in higher education. Higher education officials face myriad and complex issues, and institutional research (IR) officials can greatly assist with efforts to meet these challenges. The authors therefore leaven this discussion of broad trends with suggestions for ways that IR officers can help their institutions respond effectively to these challenges.
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Higher Education, Global Approach, Educational Development, Access to Education, Enrollment Trends, College Curriculum, Commercialization, Economic Development, Student Costs, Accountability, Outcomes of Education, Competition, Financial Support, Educational Trends
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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