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Research in Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 1, pp 1–16 | Cite as

The Role of Institutional Research in Higher Education: Enabling Researchers to Meet New Challenges

  • Anne Marie Delaney
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Abstract

Based on a survey of 243 New England colleges and universities, this article is designed to contribute to an understanding of the current and projected roles of institutional research and to discuss the implications of these roles for the education and training of future institutional researchers. Results from this study reveal the strongest relationships between the institution's size and the scope of the institutional research function, the reporting relationship, and the size and the qualifications of the institutional research staff. Multivariate analysis identifies the size of the institutional staff and the qualifications of the institutional director as significant predictors of involvement in planning and policy studies. These data indicate the need to enhance the presence, qualifications, and level of activity of institutional researchers in order to enhance the contribution to institutional decision making particularly among small institutions. Recommendations are offered to achieve these goals and prepare the institutional research profession for the challenges confronting higher education now and in the 21st century.

Keywords

High Education 21st Century Strong Relationship Education Research Research Staff 
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