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Christenson, Donald D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1982
The changing environment of higher education (economic conditions, students, the world of work) and its impact on higher education systems, educational programs, student services, faculty, and governance of colleges and universities are discussed. Institutions can reduce negative consequences by anticipating changes and developing strategies for…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Administration, College Environment, College Faculty
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Henry, Joe B. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1980
Major current issues in student financial aid include the articulation of program purposes, the allocation of aid resources, and the structure of delivery mechanisms. The resolution of these issues can dramatically affect institutions of postsecondary education, from their fiscal viability to the nature of their student body. (Author/JMD)
Descriptors: Centralization, College Environment, Delivery Systems, Enrollment Influences
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Hirano-Nakanishi, Marsha J. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1994
The Total Quality Management approach is used as a framework for a discussion of methodological issues related to diversity in higher education, including classification of race and ethnic information, data aggregation, and use of several key indicators (access to college, persistence, and student progress). (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Access to Education, Classification, College Environment
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Austin, Ann E. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1990
College faculty live and work in four cultures: that of the academic profession, the discipline, the academy as an organization, and the institution type. Each of these influences how they function in the organization. Colleges should recognize and build on the sometimes conflicting cultures. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Faculty, Higher Education, Institutional Research
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Bensimon, Estela Mara – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1990
To effectively communicate agendas and goals, new college presidents need to acquire cultural perspective on their institutions, seeing the campus as a lived experience, interpreting its themes, and deciphering its shared meanings and symbolic processes. This allows him to experience the continuity of the institution and become part of it.…
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Responsibility, College Environment, College Presidents
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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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Smith, Daryl G.; And Others – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1994
Five issues that emerge in institutional research when studying diversity on campus are identified: (1) the researcher is part of the change process; (2) in framing research questions, focus on the institution; (3) combining qualitative and quantitative methods can provide greater insight; (4) diversity touches all institutional elements and…
Descriptors: College Environment, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Institutional), Higher Education
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Moses, Yolanda T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1994
Research indicates that colleges and universities that encourage hiring of diverse faculty and staff, promote diversity as an educational excellence issue, and reward faculty and staff for their efforts to foster diversity are institutions that have integrated diversity and quality issues. A comprehensive institutional approach to diversity is…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Environment, Cultural Pluralism, Diversity (Institutional)
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Darder, Antonia – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1994
The role of institutional research in a college or university is closely related to the values, beliefs, and practices of those in authority. Institutional research has traditionally perpetuated asymmetrical power relations and subordination of some groups. However, institutional research can also be designed to promote cultural democracy by…
Descriptors: Change Agents, College Administration, College Environment, Cultural Pluralism
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Jonsen, Richard W. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
Changes in the demographic, economic, political, organizational, technological, and social-cultural environments of colleges and universities raise important questions for institutional researchers and decision makers. However, educational institutions cannot ignore historical commitments and philosophical beliefs. (Author/MLW)
Descriptors: Change, College Administration, College Environment, College Planning
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Leslie, Larry; And Others – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
A discussion, among several economists, is presented on the major changes in the international economy that have consequences for national, regional, and local economies, as well as implications for institutional planning and policy making. (MLW)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Planning, Discussion, Economic Development
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Cope, Robert G. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1981
The technique of scanning the college environment (on economic, social, technological, and political dimensions for strategic planning purposes) can help identify crucial issues, formulate goals, increase intrainstitutional understanding, and open opportunities. Internal and external communication will be increasingly important in higher education…
Descriptors: College Environment, College Planning, College Role, Futures (of Society)