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Jedamus,Paul – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1984
The key to the success of decision support systems will be the way that institutional researchers integrate the variety of specific and personal systems into a viable and coordinated institutionwide system. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: College Administration, Decision Making, Decision Support Systems, Higher Education
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Meredith, Mark – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1984
While microcomputers may be easy to acquire and put into use, advance consideration of some pertinent issues will ensure that they are used successfully for planning and management support. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: College Administration, College Planning, Decision Making, Higher Education
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Gaither, Gerald H. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1998
Higher education systems in a number of countries are experimenting with programs that measure and enhance educational quality. Experiences suggest that the most successful quality assurance programs are initiated, maintained, and enhanced through the professional commitment of the faculty, not through quality assurance systems, administrative…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, College Outcomes Assessment, Educational Quality
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Hunter, Bruce – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1995
An overview of college guidebooks examines their origins, development, types, impact on both consumers and colleges, and current trends and future prospects. It is argued that publishers will gain credibility by standardizing data collection and reporting formats and by no longer trying to rank colleges on criteria that change annually and fail to…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Choice, Comparative Analysis, Data Collection
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Hossler, Don; Foley, Erin M. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1995
The limited research available and the observations and experiences of college admissions officers suggest that college guidebooks and ratings have a small to negligible impact on the college choices of most students. However, many families buy the guides, and their publication is likely to continue. It is important that institutions provide…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Choice, Comparative Analysis, Educational Trends
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Machung, Anne – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1995
Response of colleges and universities to surveys from publishers of college guides and popular newsstand magazines is discussed, and considerations in developing a standard survey response are explored. These include the advantages and limitations of standardized information formats, how much of the information reaches prospective students, how…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Choice, Comparative Analysis, Guides
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Hoeritz, Kimberley; And Others – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1995
Four major publishers of college guidebooks respond to the concerns of colleges and universities about the guides, the information they contain, and the demand for the information. Specific issues addressed include development of a standardized survey response, data integrity and validity, specialized information needs, publisher-institution…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Choice, Comparative Analysis, Guides
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Marks, Joseph L. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1996
A new model for college fact books is proposed, to create a new generation of institutional research reports that offer more comparative and unit- or topic-specific information, with illustrations, that would be useful for current decision-making needs. (MSE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Administration, Comparative Analysis, Decision Making
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Jones, Larry G. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1996
The college or university fact book may be the single most important document it publishes, indicating that the institution is open to scrutiny by its many constituents, providing data concerning institutional mission and effectiveness, providing a basis for internal and external evaluation, and reflecting the institution's success or failure in…
Descriptors: College Administration, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs
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Bilder, Anne E.; Conrad, Clifton F. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1996
There is a need for cross-disciplinary or cross-institutional research on student learning outcomes in graduate and professional education. Challenges in this endeavor include determining the purposes of assessment and who conducts it, identifying and defining outcomes, and managing the use of results. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Outcomes Assessment, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Graduate Study
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Hagedorn, Linda Serra; Nora, Amaury – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1996
Current admission criteria for graduate and professional programs are discussed, their validity in predicting graduate student success is examined, and a potentially more effective model for predicting the success of various student groups (women, minorities, older students) is outlined. Innovative admission criteria and procedures are also…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Admission Criteria, Adult Students, College Admission
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Haworth, Jennifer Grant – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1996
Discussion of the agenda for research and practice in graduate and professional education identifies and discusses five arenas for assessment; demand; admission criteria; program quality; persistence; and student learning outcomes. Specific questions to be addressed and additional considerations are noted for each arena. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Admission Criteria, College Admission, College Outcomes Assessment
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Zuniga, Robin Etter – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1997
A dramatic increase in the pool of college-age students in the next 20 years is inevitable, but this will not necessarily lead to dramatic increases in higher education enrollment. Enrollment forecasters must ask how economic growth, tuition increases, or an increase in standardized test requirements will affect demand and be clear about…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Bound Students, Demography, Educational Trends
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Day, James H. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1997
As private colleges approach the turn of the century, they must again operate independent of government support, using enrollment management principles in increasingly sophisticated ways. They will rely more on institutional research to provide both predictive and management tools. Institutional researchers, enrollment managers, and data…
Descriptors: College Administration, Economic Climate, Educational Finance, Educational Trends
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Bracewell, Wiliam R. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1997
The history of higher education's concern with student conduct is reviewed, and three specific issues in student discipline are examined: why colleges regulate student conduct; why students violate published regulations; and the appropriate institutional response to student misconduct. A need is seen for more institutional and educational research…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, College Administration, College Students, Discipline
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