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Building Capacity in Institutional Research and Decision Support in Higher Education

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  • Introduces strategies to increase IR professionals’ knowledge and skills through professional development
  • Addresses the need to increase senior leaders’ awareness of the value of IR in decision making
  • Connects Terenzini’s Tiers of Organizational Intelligence to strategies for building the capacity of IR
  • High interest for senior leaders in colleges and universities, as well as IR practitioners

Part of the book series: Knowledge Studies in Higher Education (KSHE, volume 4)

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This book examines the relevant roles, skills and knowledge needed to build the institutional research capacity across the higher education sector globally. The information contained herein will inform IR practitioners, senior level institution officials, and higher education scholars. With a focus on building the capacity of the IR profession, this book’s primary audiences include senior leaders who wish to introduce or strengthen their understanding for effective decision support and staff members who are currently in decision support units and those who wish to serve in this capacity. However, this book also offers detail on the decision support function to higher education scholars who seek to better address how data can inform policy and planning in higher education. Through a broad discussion about the roles and skills of the practitioners, this book will also enumerate the ways in which decision support practitioners can be valued contributors in shaping the future decisionsand direction of specific institutions and higher education broadly. 

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Table of contents (16 chapters)

  1. The Context for IR and Decision Support in Today’s Higher Education

  2. Advancing IR and Decision Support

Editors and Affiliations

  • Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, Athens, USA

    Karen L. Webber

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Building Capacity in Institutional Research and Decision Support in Higher Education

  • Editors: Karen L. Webber

  • Series Title: Knowledge Studies in Higher Education

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-71161-4Published: 12 February 2018

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-89042-5Published: 04 June 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-71162-1Published: 31 January 2018

  • Series ISSN: 2566-7106

  • Series E-ISSN: 2566-8315

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 286

  • Number of Illustrations: 21 b/w illustrations

  • Topics: Higher Education, Educational Policy and Politics, Research Methods in Education

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