Starting and Sustaining Meaningful Institutional Research at Small Colleges and Universities

Theory and Practice: New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 173
Genre: Education
Original Publish Date: Jul 25, 2017
Product Number: EB00721948
Released: Mar 26, 2018
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781119442592
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
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The focus of this volume is on the work of Institutional Researchers in a small college or university (SCUs) setting. At an SCU, the goal of the IR office is to balance the bureaucratic tendencies of data-driven decision making with the need for collegiality and collaboration. Drawing on numerous examples, it illustrates how IR professionals can leverage their positionality within the institution to design data flows to answer questions by serving as convergent thinkers, connecting disjointed systems and requests. This volume: -identifies the challenges that small IR offices face -reinforces the idea of collegiality as a defining feature of small IR offices -discusses several principles for using data about teaching and learning -explores the effects of low response rates in survey data and the effects of nonresponse bias -demonstrates the importance of collaborative efforts in enacting change -proposes a model of policy development focused on student success -presents an effective model of SCU IR office development This is the 173rd volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Timely and comprehensive, New Directions for Institutional Research provides planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.

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