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Musoba, Glenda D.; Gross, Jacob P. K.; Hossler, Don – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
The world of policymaking on the campuses of colleges and universities is messy, ambiguous, and contested. In this complex environment, which Kingdon (2003) has aptly called a "policy soup," the role of institutional research is often not only to provide answers to existing policy questions but to produce information to help transform…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Role, Educational Policy
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McClintock, Patricia J.; Snider, Kevin J. G. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
There is almost nothing more frustrating to an institutional researcher than seeing university leaders ignore data. The case study in this article examines how an institutional research office was able to put data to work in enrollment services and produce record-setting numbers of applications, admissions, and confirmations within a nine-month…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Recruitment, Case Studies, Decision Making
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Frizell, Julie A.; Shippen, Benjamin S., Jr.; Luna, Andrew L. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
This article reviews multiple regression analysis, describes how its results should be interpreted, and instructs institutional researchers on how to conduct such analyses using an example focused on faculty pay equity between men and women. The use of multiple regression analysis will be presented as a method with which to compare salaries of…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Courts, Multiple Regression Analysis, Higher Education
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Worley, Mary Beth – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
Nationally, state spending for public higher education has been declining as a proportion of state general fund expenditures. Traditionally state-appropriated budgets for public colleges and universities tend to be cut during times of economic crisis, but often these funds are not always restored once the crisis has passed. As a result "the…
Descriptors: Economic Climate, Public Colleges, State Aid, Economic Impact
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Carter, Deborah Faye; Hurtado, Sylvia – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
This chapter serves as a guide for quantitative researchers who seek to approach their research questions critically.
Descriptors: Statistical Analysis, Research Methodology, Autobiographies, Interpersonal Relationship
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Teranishi, Robert T. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
Cross-sectional frameworks, or between-group approaches, in quantitative research in higher education have limitations that hinder what we know about the intersection of race and educational opportunities and outcomes. (Contains 5 figures.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Statistical Analysis, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy
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Stage, Frances K. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
Most traditional models, frameworks, and findings that apply to the majority of students and faculty do not adequately apply to important subpopulations. The recommendations here will help researchers become more sensitive to the nuances among various educational subgroups, and to pay more attention to outliers.
Descriptors: Probability, Statistical Analysis, Models, Higher Education
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Coburn, Kari C. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
This chapter highlights some important themes from the previous chapters in this volume that will assist institutional research professionals and other higher education leaders interested in expanding use of facilities data in planning and decision making: (1) What you don't know can hurt you; (2) Operational systems are not designed to support ad…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Design Requirements, Formative Evaluation, Management Information Systems
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Harper, Shaun R. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
Researchers have called attention to the racism and stereotypes experienced by black undergraduates on predominantly white campuses; provided evidence of how race-specific organizations and programs help neutralize the oppressive ethos of these institutions; and proven empirically that historically black colleges and universities foster more…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Black Colleges, Qualitative Research
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Museus, Samuel D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
This article focuses on describing how institutional researchers can use qualitative cultural assessments to better understand the role that their campus cultures play in shaping individual and group behaviors and experiences. A special emphasis is given to the implications of institutional diversity in the processes of designing and conducting…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Diversity (Institutional), Group Dynamics, Minority Groups
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Lattuca, Lisa R.; Domagal-Goldman, Jennifer M. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
Instructor evaluation forms--those scannable surveys that students use to rate the quality of their instructors and courses at the end of every term--are the most common method of assessing teaching effectiveness in the United States. A considerable body of research on end-of-course evaluations suggests that student ratings are valid sources of…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Instructional Improvement, Course Content, Faculty
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Contreras-McGavin, Melissa; Kezar, Adrianna J. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
Student learning assessment has become one of the central issues of public policy and accountability in higher education. Since the mid-1980s, a number of federal and state commissions and policy organizations have emphasized the importance of assessment for a variety of institutional practices, including student retention, graduation rates, and…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Undergraduate Students, Higher Education, Student Evaluation
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Harper, Shaun R.; Kuh, George D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
The value of qualitative assessment approaches has been underestimated primarily because they are often juxtaposed against long-standing quantitative traditions and the widely accepted premise that the best research produces generalizable and statistically significant findings. Institutional researchers avoid qualitative methods for at least three…
Descriptors: Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Institutional Research, Methods
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Green, Denise O'Neil – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
Programs that serve underrepresented minority students have long faced many challenges. Prior to the late 1970s, higher education institutions reserved academic program slots for underrepresented minority students because these students had limited access to opportunities that afforded them credentials that their white counterparts could more…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Academic Achievement, Program Effectiveness, Affirmative Action
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Stigall, Sam W. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
In today"s economy, public university administrators need to reflect on current practices for reporting and projecting space requirements to government entities as the cost of constructing new facilities or renovating space rises while income from legislative appropriations diminishes. As stewards of public buildings and funds, institutions…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Educational Facilities Planning, Space Utilization, Facilities Management
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