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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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Ewell, Peter T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1989
Information use can be defined in many ways depending on a variety of organizational, personal, and presentational factors. The experience of evaluation researchers provides some guides for practice. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: College Administration, Decision Making, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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McLaughlin, Gerald W.; McLaughlin, Josetta S. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1989
Organizational barriers to information use vary with types of decisions and the phases of information collection, analysis, and communication. Strategies suitable for one environment will not always work in others. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, College Administration, Decision Making, Higher Education
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Ewell, Peter T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1989
Before communicating any information, institutional researchers should answer four diagnostic questions: Who's asking? What for? What's the proper medium? What happens next? (MSE)
Descriptors: College Administration, Decision Making, Higher Education, Information Utilization
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Moore, Kathryn M.; Johnson, Michael P. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1989
The task of building the future professoriate can be facilitated by giving attention to important dimensions of affirmative action developed since 1972. Institutional researchers can help satisfy legal mandates on affirmative action and fulfill ethical and moral commitments to equity while meeting the unique needs of their institutions.…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Faculty, Employment Practices, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)
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Ewell, Peter T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1985
Successful outcomes assessment programs have many common characteristics. Institutional researchers should examine these signs of success and use them as guides for developing their own campus programs. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Higher Education
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Dunn, John A., Jr. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
A taxonomy of developmental planning considerations and corresponding areas in which institutional researchers and developmental professionals can collaborate to assess and improve fund-raising activities is presented. (MSE)
Descriptors: Classification, Cooperation, Fund Raising, Higher Education
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Rohrbaugh, John – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
In the context of decision support systems (DSS) use, four perspectives on evaluating decisions (consensual, political, empirical, and rational) and four models of organizational effectiveness (human relations, open system, internal process, and rational goal) are examined for their implications for DSS implementation and evaluation. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Administration, Comparative Analysis, Computer Oriented Programs, Decision Making
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Dill, David D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
A wide variety of individual and contextual factors, within and outside institutional control, can affect faculty research performance. These collective factors, the research culture, include policies and practices affecting recruitment, workload, evaluation, collegial communication, leadership, and structure. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Faculty Evaluation, Faculty Recruitment, Faculty Workload
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Braxton, John M.; Bayer, Alan E. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
Measurement of faculty research performance is multidimensional, and no single type of measure can assess the full range of professional role performance. A variety of subjective and quantitative measures and weighting systems should be used together to minimize bias. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Faculty Evaluation
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Stark, Joan S. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
Deans and department chairs can help faculty members experiencing conflicting expectations cope with role ambiguities about research and teaching, encourage communication among faculty in diverse scholarly fields, and help students place faculty research activities in perspective. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Faculty, Deans, Department Heads
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Muffo, John A. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
State and federal policy makers need more and better information growing out of faculty research, but because of the different arenas in which academics and politicians operate, the timing, simplicity, and channels by which research results are communicated are critically important in bridging the gap. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Diffusion (Communication), Federal Government, Higher Education
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Creswell, John W. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1986
When institutional personnel assess faculty research performance, they should consider the extent to which the institution rewards research, ways to encourage faculty to be productive, criteria for evaluating research performance, and the specific steps useful in reviewing research performance within academic units. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: College Faculty, Departments, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Torrence, Lois E. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1992
A member of the Association for Institutional Research's Committee on Standards and Ethics Research reflects on the recently drafted code of ethics for the profession and suggests means to support practitioners and gain acceptance for the code. It is concluded that sanctions are not practical at present. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Codes of Ethics, Ethics, Higher Education, Institutional Research
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