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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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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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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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Gentemann, Karen M.; And Others – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1994
A strategy is proposed for using student assessment to support the role of colleges and universities as learning-centered communities. It reframes the practice of formal, internal academic program review to focus on student learning and provides examples of data needed to support this process, some generated by the institutional researcher and…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Outcomes Assessment, Deans, Department Heads
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Kinnick, Mary K. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1994
This article proposes that the task of providing useful information for deans and department heads has major implications for the role and preparation of college and university institutional researchers. Six areas for consideration are examined: local needs assessment, data integrity and interpretation, collaboration, skills and knowledge bases,…
Descriptors: College Administration, Collegiality, Cooperation, Data Interpretation
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Peterson, Marvin W.; Corcoran, Mary – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1985
The implications of the new environmental realities of postsecondary education governance/management and telematics for institutional research as a practice and profession challenge the Association for Institutional Research to take a more proactive leadership strategy. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: Change, College Administration, Educational Environment, Futures (of Society)
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Bogue, E. Grady – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1998
Discussion of quality assurance in colleges and universities looks at theories and definitions of quality; four approaches to quality (traditional peer review, the assessment-and-outcomes movement, the Total Quality Management movement, and accountability and performance indicator reporting); the moral and ethical dimensions of quality; and ideals…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, College Environment, College Outcomes Assessment
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Keller, George – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1993
Four developments have made strategic planning and information-based management necessary in higher education: changing external conditions; demands for accountability; deteriorating financial strength; and need for changes in leadership roles. Although institutional situations and needs vary, what is most important is to learn to manage with…
Descriptors: Accountability, College Administration, Competition, Computer Oriented Programs
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