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Institutional Research Turns 100-Years Old This Year | Part 9

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Aided by the largess of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Association for Institutional Research launched an initiative in 2014, “Improving & Transforming Institutional Research in Postsecondary Education.” Addressing the critical assessment of the profession in the report by the National Association of System Heads (NASH) (Part 8), the …

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Institutional Research Turns 100-Years Old This Year | Part 8

With near unanimity, American scholars of higher education as a field of study redefined the profession of institutional research as applied research to support decision-making at one particular institution and as a rule did not contribute to generalizable knowledge about higher education or higher education administration. For presidents and provosts …

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Institutional Research Turns 100-Years Old This Year | Part 7

Whereas institutional researchers from the early twentieth century advanced the profession as the study of higher education “just as scientific investigation in the natural or social sciences,” the field suffered from arrested development under the direction of the Association for Institutional Research after 1965. The publications closely associated with the …

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Institutional Research Turns 100-Years Old This Year | Part 6

The first institutional researchers took many of the necessary steps to establish standards for a community to study higher education “just as scientific investigation in the natural or social sciences.” Today, however, significant associations like the National Association of System Heads (NASH) and the American Council on Education (ACE) do …

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Institutional Research Turns 100-Years Old This Year | Part 5

Almost fifty years of continuous institutional research at colleges and universities, as well as statewide, built a comprehensive portfolio of research and scholarship. Heading into the 1960s, institutional researchers and their like-minded colleagues among accreditors and other professional associations greatly extended the scope of activities for the study of higher …

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