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|Cases on Institutional Research Systems
Institutional research (IR) is a growing, applied, and interdisciplinary area that attracts people from a variety of fields, including computer programmers, statisticians, and administrators and faculty from every discipline to work in archiving, analyzing, and reporting on all aspects of higher...
Semi-Automatic Ontology Development: Processes and Resources
Maria Teresa Pazienza, Armando Stellato.
The exploitation of theoretical results in knowledge representation, language standardization by W3C and data publication initiatives such as Linked Open Data have given a level of concreteness to the field of ontology research. In light of these recent outcomes, ontology development has also found its...
Changing the Grant Culture of a College
James E. McLean, Alanna Rochelle King Dail.
In today’s environment, external support for college activities has become much more than a luxury. While the basic teaching functions are funded internally, funding the research and service components of their missions is a real challenge. Many colleges seek external sources to support these...
From Silos to Sharing: An Institutional Research View of the Conversion to an ERP
Dana L. Dalton.
This case study describes the events from 2003 to the present surrounding the implementation of a relational student information Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The introduction and implementation of an ERP to a campus that previously engaged separate stand-alone administrative computer...
Parsing Banner Downloaded Data into a Flat-File Format for Analysis
Garnett Lee Henley, Gerunda B. Hughes, Tawanda Feimster, Leo E. Rouse.
Many institutions do not perform statistical modeling of student academic outcomes because they lack the ability to translate Banner® relational files to a flat-file database format. Accredited programs within institutions have terminal, high stakes examinations known as certifying boards that measure...
Institutional Research Using Data Mining: A Case Study in Online Programs
Constanta-Nicoleta Bodea, Vasile Bodea, Radu Mogos.
The aim of this chapter is to explore the application of data mining for analyzing academic performance in connection with the participatory behavior of the students enrolled in an online two-year Master degree program in project management. The main data sources were the operational database with the...
Using Machine Learning Techniques in Student Dropout Prediction
Rajeev Bukralia, Amit V. Deokar, Surendra Sarnikar, Mark Hawkes.
This chapter outlines a case of identifying students at-risk of dropping out of online courses by using institutional research data. The case delineates this step-by-step process that includes identification of appropriate constructs and variables, data collection, data pre-processing, data analysis...
Experimental Design to Examine the Effectiveness of Honor Codes
Lucy Barnard-Brak, Valerie Osland Paton.
Violations of academic integrity (e.g., cheating and other acts of academic dishonesty) are issues on every college campus (e.g., Turner & Beemsterboer, 2003; Arnold, Martin, Jinks, & Bigby, 2007). Many institutions have adopted honor codes as part of their unique culture in response to violations of...
Developing a Quality Distance Learning Program in a Comprehensive Community College
Stephanie J. Jones.
Community colleges offer a variety of distance learning opportunities and continue to invest in technologies that better serve their students. This case study focuses on the experiences of Big State Community College and its progression from a few faculty teaching online courses to a distance learning...
Developing an Online Course On-the-Fly with an IR State of Mind
Kevin Gosselin, Hansel Burley.
Today’s higher education professional is beginning to feel the squeeze of higher expectations and the need to deliver instruction in a variety of ways but at always one speed—fast. Faced with an array of delivery avenues, a limited budget, and little time, instructor efficacy could plummet....
A Million Ghosts: West Point’s Long Line of Moral Development and Character Education
Aaron R. Baggett.
On the surface, West Point’s long line of cadet moral development may not seem obvious. Perhaps notable alumni, its history in educating engineers, or maybe even its architecture are commonly thought of first. However, upon closer examination and consideration of the Academy’s dynamic curricular and...
Measuring Diversity at a Historically Black College of Dentistry
Garnett Lee Henley, Wanda Lawrence, Candace Mitchell, Donna Henley-Jackson, Tawana Feimster.
There are several excellent indices available to quantify diversity within a student body. Richness and evenness can be studied using Simpson’s Index with its associated Reciprocal Index, and with Shannon-Weiner’s Index “H” and Index “E”. Lieberson provides the means to measure isolation and...
Examining University Retention Efforts of Non-Traditional Students
Many non-traditional and first-generation students face multiple limitations to successful academic achievement, like the case of the student referred to in this chapter named Sarah. A primary strength that Sarah identified, related to academic success, was her ability to provide emotional and...
Collaboration in Student Assessment Research: Beyond Data Collection and Reporting
Robin Capt, Heidi Taylor, Gary Kelley, Mo Cuevas.
Institutional Research (IR) professionals have diverse roles and responsibilities in universities across the country. The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) at Small State University has evolved from an Office of Planning and Analysis whose primary responsibility was for collecting and reporting...
The Birth of a Survey: Developing an Assessment of Preservice Teachers’ Diversity Awareness
Mary Cain Fehr, Mary Frances Agnello, Steven M. Crooks, Fethi Inan, Raymond Flores.
Assessing the effectiveness of academic programs is a critical element of institutional research. Changing demographics in the United States compel us to measure the effectiveness of academic programs to address issues of diversity. At a large public university in the Southwestern U.S., a team of...
African Americans and Planned Resilience: In Search of Ordinary Magic
Hansel Burley, Lucy Barnard-Brak, Valerie McGaha-Garnett, Bolanle A. Olaniran, Aretha Marbley.
The purpose of the current study is to examine secondary school factors that predict the performance and persistence of African American students at postsecondary institutions. Ajzen’s (1991) Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB), used as the theoretical framework of this study, suggests that intentions...
Establishing Continuous Readiness for Specialized Accreditation
Gita Wijesinghe Pitter.
Accreditation, whether it be institutional or specialized, is an essential and powerful part of life at academic institutions. This case study provides an overview of accreditation, recent trends, and the role the central administration can play to establish a continuous state of readiness for...
A Case Study: Closing the Assessment Loop with Program and Institutional Data
We know that a nationwide shortage of highly qualified teachers exists, and not enough people are becoming teachers. We also know there are increasing demands for institutions to demonstrate a system of accountability through program assessment. As stated by the State Higher Education Executive...
Developing Best Practices for Value Added Research in a Political Context
Valerie Osland Patton, Gerry Dizinno, Roy Mathew.
During the period of 1970-2010 in American higher education, the burden of funding has shifted in proportion from the federal government, to the state government and, ultimately, to students and parents. Not surprisingly, during this same period, the relationship between the student and the institution...