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Gill, Judith I.; Saunders, Laura – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1992
Policy analysis is a two-stage process of (1) diagnosing the problem and (2) unraveling the parts in it played by the policy issue, environment, factors affecting implementation, and proposed alternatives. In higher education, this requires a thorough understanding of the unique higher education environment. (MSE)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Policy
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Saunders, Laura – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1992
Policy analysis in higher education is distinct from but is informed by and can contribute to both institutional research and institutional planning. Policy analysis extends beyond data analysis, using many qualitative research methods and a degree of intuition, and focuses on specific issues, not systems as does planning. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Planning, Comparative Analysis, Higher Education, Information Utilization
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Saunders, Laura; Gill, Judith I. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1992
Tips for college policy analysts include these: acknowledge personal biases; be flexible and inclusive; be realistic but creative in framing recommendations; build an outspoken advisory team; anticipate repetition; see the broad picture and detail; understand that implementation is the key to good policy; and do not surprise the president. (MSE)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Attitudes, Bias, College Administration