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Cover Subtitle | Outsourcing Student Success

Is Institutional Research at a Crossroads?

The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article on the field of institutional research at a crossroads on August 31, 2017: https://www.chronicle.com/article/Higher-Ed-s-Data-Experts/241079. In this article, the Chronicle reprints a narrative created by the AIR leadership to advance what it calls its “new vision.” Unfortunately, in support of this narrative, the …

Figure 4 | Percentage of Adults Age 25-34 with Tertiary Education (OECD)

Honors of Inequality, Part IX

Institutional researchers oversee a bounty of information stored in student information systems and enterprise resource planning systems of colleges universities. Yet, there is little guidance to enable IR practitioners to collectively organize their respective institutions into a large array for the systematic measurement of student success and “what works” in …

Figure 3 | A Formula for Accountability

Honors of Inequality, Part VIII

“For the latter challenge, the National Research Council’s (NRC) statement on scientific research on education expects no less: the research process itself is “highly contested territory,” often producing equivocal and non-durable results, explored via multiple methodologies, and clarified in periodic “syntheses of research findings…” (2) Understandably, the organization and integration …

VLA Full Array - 02 | Image courtesy of NRAO/AUI

Honors of Inequality, Part V

“[E]very student has an array of different probabilities of success that varies for every institution in the country. Little is known how these differential probabilities of success are distributed across institutions because opposition to institutional accountability and multi-institutional research has effectively constrained institutional research to the local outcomes at particular …

Search for a Paradigm

Honors of Inequality, Part IV

Rather than quibble over the distinctions and priority of basic research over applied research, is it not possible to conceive institutional research as social scientific research agencies, dispersed geographically and culturally, that are capable of being partners in a collaborative enterprise with a focused and balanced portfolio of scientific research …

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