Association for Institutional Research (AIR)(founded in 1965)
Common Data Set
Set of definitions established to create agreed upon survey data (nobody collects) in response to varied and multiple definitions of data set requests to institutions.
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data SystemUnit of analysis is the InstitutionSampling frame
National Postsecondary Student Aid SurveyDrawn sample to represent students at grad andundergrad level regardless of financial aid award.
Beginning Postsecondary Student Longitudinal StudyCyclical drawing of “oversample” from NPSAS.Unit of analysis is the student.
Baccalaureate and BeyondUnit of analysis is the student.
the primary Federal agency responsible for the collection, analysis and reporting of data related to education in the United States.
US Dept of Education
Home to the National Center for Education Studies.Manages the Insitute of Educational Sciences created in 2002 out of the Education Science Reform Act.
Institute for Education Sciences.
Mission to provide rigorous evidence on which to ground education practice and policy; accomplished through work of four centers.
Four Centers of IES
EvaluationResearchSpecial EducationStatistics (this is where our data is collected)
Four Divisions of NCES
Postsecondary StudiesAssessmentEarly Childhood, International, and Crosscutting StudiesElementary, Secondary and Libraries Studies
New Directions for Institutional ResearchIR Journal for planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.
Four Faces of Institutional Research
To describe the institutionTo analyze alternativesTo present the best caseTo supply impartial evidence
Brumbaugh, 1960Advanced IR’s role…
A management service function
Dressel, 1971Advanced IR’s role…
An autonomous institutional critic
Tetlow, 1984Advanced IR’s role..
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