Global Issues in Institutional Research

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All around the world, postsecondary institutions are facing competitive environments, declining resources, and changing societal needs. Institutions are affected by globalization, state and local government needs, economic restructuring, information technology, and student and staff mobility. Institutional researchers have a critical role to play in addressing these issues.

In this volume, we have embedded the practice of IR as experienced globally. We brought together a ...

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Overview

All around the world, postsecondary institutions are facing competitive environments, declining resources, and changing societal needs. Institutions are affected by globalization, state and local government needs, economic restructuring, information technology, and student and staff mobility. Institutional researchers have a critical role to play in addressing these issues.

In this volume, we have embedded the practice of IR as experienced globally. We brought together a discussion that is delivered from multiple perspectives, but fundamentally one that draws from the collaborative efforts of practitioners across borders. By embedding notions of globalization that affect IR, we can engage readers in broad discussions on where we are coming from and where we are heading.

This is the 157th volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Always 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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EDITORS’ NOTES 1
Angel Calderon, Karen L. Webber

1. Institutional Research in Light of Internationalization,Growth, and Competition 5
Barrett J. Taylor, Karen L. Webber, Gerrie J. Jacobs

Globalization, growth, and competition are challenges faced by manypostsecondary institutions across the world. Institutionalresearchers have a prominent role to play in examining the issuesrelated to these challenges and alerting campus leaders to theimpact they may have on the institution and higher education ingeneral.

2. Institutional Research in Emerging Countries of SouthernAfrica, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa: GlobalFrameworks and Local Practices 23
Lis Lange, F. Mauricio Saavedra, Jeanine Romano

Focusing on the practice of institutional research in emergingcountries across southern Africa, Latin America, and the MiddleEast and North Africa (MENA) regions, this chapter contextualizesthe growing need for IR in these regions, identifi es problems andchallenges related to the implementation of IR at system andinstitutional levels, and offers some refl ections about the futureof IR in these regions.

3. Challenges in Developing Data Collection Systems in a RapidlyEvolving Higher Education Environment 39
Victor M. H. Borden, Angel Calderon, Neels Fourie, BenedettoLepori, Andrea Bonaccorsi

Efforts to develop common higher education data standards areexpanding both within and across countries. The institutionalresearch community plays a critical role in assuring that theseefforts capture the diverse manifestations of the postsecondary andtertiary education systems and promote responsible comparisons.

4. The Evolution and Practice of Institutional Research 59
John Taylor, Martin Hanlon, Mantz Yorke

Although institutional research has been a signifi cant featureof U.S. higher education for more than 50 years, it is not so welldeveloped in other parts of the world. As higher education aroundthe world faces increasingly challenging times, IR will inevitablyevolve to become a stronger force. The authors discuss availablemodels that describe organizational maturity and propose acomprehensive maturity model for IR.

5. Institutional Research in the Future: Challenges WithinHigher Education and the Need for Excellence in ProfessionalPractice 77
Angel Calderon, Charles Mathies

The upcoming challenge for higher education institutions (HEIs)is how to respond to an increasing variety of societal needs butwith less public resources and increased accountability demands.This chapter draws attention to the central role IR professionalsplay in advancing HEIs, and the need for them to have awell-developed set of skills to support decision-making processes.The chapter concludes by posing questions for the practice of IRinto the future.

Index 91

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