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Stevenson, Joseph Martin; Payne, Alfredda Hunt – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2016
This chapter describes how data analysis and data-driven decision making were critical for designing, developing, and assessing a new academic program. The authors--one, the program's founder; the other, an alumna--begin by highlighting some of the elements in the program's incubation and, subsequently, describe some of the components for data…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Higher Education, Black Colleges, Data
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Carrigan, Sarah D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2008
Public higher education has relied on a variety of funding structures since the 1950s. Layzell (2007) describes five general approaches in contemporary use in the United States. "Incremental (baseline) budgeting" uses the current year budget as the base and then makes adjustments to account for expected changes in activities, revenues,…
Descriptors: Funding Formulas, Higher Education, Campuses, Performance Contracts
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Reynolds, Gary L. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2007
Over the past thirty years, considerable research has been conducted to understand the issues that affect a student's choice of a higher education institution. Past research has focused on understanding the phases of the decision process and the personal, financial, and environmental factors that influence institutional choice. Many of these…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Student Recruitment, College Choice, College Students
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Paulsen, Michael B.; Toutkoushian, Robert K. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2006
This chapter introduces the key economic concepts, models, and methods that can help inform institutional research in higher education. (Contains 1 table and 9 figures.)
Descriptors: Higher Education, Institutional Research, Microeconomics, Economics
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Haberaecker, Heather J. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2004
A new strategic plan, an additional one hundred faculty members, a new financial model, an incentive compensation plan, a new $200 million research building, closing one professional school and repositioning assets to help another, redirecting net revenues from two parking garages, and a building renewal and replacement plan-all are outcomes of a…
Descriptors: Budgeting, Strategic Planning, College Faculty, Educational Finance
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Clagett, Craig A. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2004
Guided by clear planning principles, and under the custodial care of a governance council, the model strategic planning process at Carroll Community College is evidence-driven, connected to budget decisions, and continuously refreshed.
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, School Maintenance, Community Colleges, Governance
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Cantor, Nancy; Courant, Paul N. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2003
Reviews the multifaceted challenges facing public universities and offers insights into the potential educational consequences of overzealous revenue-based institutional management. It is vital not to lose sight of the essential elements of higher education in a concentration on finance. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Administration, Educational Finance, Higher Education, Institutional Mission
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Alexander, F. King – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2003
Compared the willingness of states to invest in higher education and institutional sectors by studying state expenditures and fiscal tax effort. Findings show significant disparities in the ways states finance higher education and its sectors. Poorer states tend to exert more tax effort in public higher education, while wealthier states are less…
Descriptors: Federal Government, Government Role, Higher Education, Income
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Hollowell, David E.; Schiavelli, Melvyn D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2000
Two senior administrators at the University of Delaware discuss the types of cost data that are ultimately useful for decision making and policy development. Describes the data collection format and provides examples of departmental workload verification data and departmental expenditures by object and function. Explains use of comparative…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Costs, Databases, Decision Making
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Tierney, Michael L. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1981
Instead of collegiate priorities determining resource allocation, the resource allocation process can often shape the priorities. Current approaches are reviewed with focus on (1) how different approaches to setting priorities accommodate lack of consensus on campus; (2) incentives incorporated into resource allocation approaches; and (3)…
Descriptors: Budgeting, College Planning, Decision Making, Higher Education
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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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Dressel, Paul L., Ed.; And Others – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1980
Autonomy, in the context of higher education, is defined as the ability of a university or college to govern itself without outside controls. Autonomy and academic freedom are discussed and procedural and substantive autonomy are distinguished. (MLW)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Accountability, College Role, Financial Support
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Smith, Donald K. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1980
Multicampus systems should proceed carefully in the process of academic program review, with an eye toward asking and answering questions most likely to cause institutions to confront the more fundamental questions of purpose and coherence. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Education, College Curriculum, College Faculty, College Role
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Folger, John K. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1977
Institutional administrators and research specialists must help improve and implement accountability measures if institutions are to retain academic autonomy. Current trends point to increased pressure for public accountability of higher education in the future. (MLW)
Descriptors: Accountability, Educational Assessment, Government School Relationship, Higher Education
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Spencer, Richard L. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 1979
Institutional research is discussed as part of a planning, management, and evaluation system. It is suggested that unless it links directly to planning, institutional research will cease to exist as a separate organizational entity in this period of constrained resources. (Author/SF)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Educational Planning, Futures (of Society), Higher Education
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