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Knight, William; Lugg, Elizabeth Timmerman – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
Institutional research (IR) leaders rely on staff members to accomplish office missions and support institutional decisions. Like any supervisors in higher education, IR leaders must be familiar with a host of employment and intellectual property laws that guide the institution/employee relationship. This chapter offers insights into specific…
Descriptors: Legal Problems, Laws, Employment, Intellectual Property
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Letzring, Timothy D. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
Data continues to grow in both importance and quantity within colleges and universities. IR professionals need to know ways data can create potential legal issues in order to be proactive rather than reactive to these situations.
Descriptors: Information Security, Colleges, Universities, Institutional Research
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Flood, Julee T.; Roberts, Jeff – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter provides an overview of the purpose, history, and process of accreditation and a context for understanding the legal considerations of accreditation.
Descriptors: Higher Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Educational Change, Educational History
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Beassie, Rhonda Vickers – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter asserts that the use and reporting of institutional research (IR) data is an area ripe for litigation. The chapter explores possible student causes of action as they relate to institutional research (IR) data and compares the probable outcomes to reported student lawsuits. The chapter concludes with recommended liability-avoiding…
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Rhetoric, Information Utilization, Legal Problems
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Paine, Gage – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
An awareness of the relevant legal issues and an understanding of the appropriate times to engage legal counsel are essential skills for institutional research (IR) professionals.
Descriptors: Legal Problems, Institutional Research, Lawyers
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Brown, Narren J.; Hewitt, Gordon J.; Lin, Wei-Fang; Vater, Ruth – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This concluding chapter discusses the main challenges currently facing institutional research at small- and medium-sized colleges and describes how the field may evolve.
Descriptors: Institutional Research, Faculty Development, Educational Development, Educational Trends
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Brown, Narren J.; Shelley, Mack C., II. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter puts forth a model of student-success-focused policy development at small colleges that elucidates the role of the institutional research (IR) professional, highlighting how the breadth of roles and responsibilities that IR professionals serve at these institutions intersect with traditional training and background.
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Success, Intervention, Program Effectiveness
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Peters, C. Ellen; Benitez, Michael, Jr. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
A participatory framework in conducting research and implementing decisions can engage multiple constituents throughout a college community. At a small college, it is especially relevant, because nonmajority groups are especially vulnerable because of a smaller critical mass.
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Community Involvement, Research Utilization, Theory Practice Relationship
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Lin, Wei-Fang; Hewitt, Gordon J.; Videras, Julio – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter examines the impact of declining student response rates on surveys administered at small- and medium-sized institutions. The potential for nonresponse bias and its effects are addressed.
Descriptors: National Surveys, Small Colleges, Response Rates (Questionnaires), Response Style (Tests)
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Palucki Blake, Laura – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter discusses principles that support using data about teaching and learning and offers several strategies particularly well suited for use by institutional researchers at small colleges in helping faculty, staff, and administrators use data on student learning for improvement.
Descriptors: Information Utilization, Educational Principles, Institutional Research, Small Colleges
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Prewitt-Freilino, Polly A.; Rush, Nathan A. – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
Strong relationships with senior administrators, effective cross-campus collaboration, and efficient use of technology are central to impactful IR in small colleges.
Descriptors: Data, Information Utilization, Institutional Research, Partnerships in Education
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Rachford, Jennifer L.; Brown, Travis M.; Sambolin, Hector L., Jr.; Seligman, Lenny – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter demonstrates the complexity of pedagogical and curricular change as it unfolds through several overlapping phases of increasingly coordinated reflection and action around STEM initiatives at Pomona College. It argues for a networked model of research and practice, drawing on theory and lessons from improvement science and highlighting…
Descriptors: Small Colleges, Institutional Research, Systems Development, STEM Education
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Yeung, Fanny P. F.; Fallucca, Amber – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter illustrates two campus processes that utilized student-level data management systems, such as student record systems, assessment platforms, and comprehensive student records, to assess student outcomes relevant to campus missions, goals, and learning outcomes.
Descriptors: College Students, Student Records, Management Systems, Student Evaluation
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Grabau, Ashli A.; Stolzenberg, Ellen Bara – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter addresses emerging voices in the assessment process. These emerging voices include a variety of newly assessed aspects of student identity. Emerging voices also include new institutional participants and unique collaborations previously not commonly considered in the assessment process.
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Self Concept, Educational Assessment, Stakeholders
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Fallucca, Amber – New Directions for Institutional Research, 2017
This chapter illustrates how student affairs units participate in accreditation across regional agency expectations and program-level requirements. Strategies for student affairs units to engage in campus strategic planning processes to further highlight their contributions are also recommended.
Descriptors: Student Personnel Workers, Accreditation (Institutions), Strategic Planning, Participative Decision Making
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