Using Geospatial Information Systems for Strategic Planning and Institutional Research

Using Geospatial Information Systems for Strategic Planning and Institutional Research

Nicolas A. Valcik (The University of Texas at Dallas, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 14
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-857-6.ch006
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Abstract

This chapter will address the use of Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for institutional research and strategic planning departments. Throughout the chapter GIS will be examined for its applied purposes as well as answering basic research questions. This chapter will provide examples on how GIS can be used to answer certain questions and provide analysis to research. By using GIS, institutional research and strategic planning offices can use location as a variable to obtain answers on certain types of questions that can be useful to university administrators and government officials attempting to construct policies and procedures for their institutions. GIS can also be used by institutional research and strategic planning departments for requests from upper administrators in colleges and universities as well as external requests.

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