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Scientific Community for Institutional Effectiveness

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 …

Figure 1 | A Formula for Student Success

Honors of Inequality, Part VII

[W]e wished to recover the thoughts of early practitioners who – with an intellectual freedom and honesty to consider the possibilities of institutional research at its origins – recognized the need for an authentic institutional research apparatus to empower a scientific community for the study of higher education settings. In …

Search for a Paradigm

Honors of Inequality, Part VI

“More profoundly, Tyrrell entertained no illusion about the particularity of an institution of higher education, “the center of confluence for many social forces.” In Tyrrell’s nascent theory, the institution is most definitely not an object, a prison house of institutional research, but a field that unites cultural and material phenomena …

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