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Professional Development for Institutional Research: A Descriptive Profile of Academic Programs and an Analysis of Curriculum

Dennis W. Viehland and Frank E. Plucker
Research in Higher Education
Vol. 28, No. 1, AIR Forum Issue (1988), pp. 3-16
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40195844
Page Count: 14
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Professional Development for Institutional Research: A Descriptive Profile of Academic Programs and an Analysis of Curriculum
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Abstract

A survey of 88 American higher education programs found that 9 of the programs offer an area of concentration in institutional research and 17 programs have an institutional-research core course. These programs are identified, and the content of the curriculum is described. Planning topics received the most emphasis in institutional research courses; topics related to facilities and research methodology received low emphasis scores. The theoretical or practitioner orientation of the core course is analyzed in the second section. In most of the courses, there was a positive correlation between the topics emphasized in the core course and the theoretical orientation of those topics, but the coefficient was significant in only a few cases. As expected, programs with an area of concentration tend to stress theoretical concepts in their core course, while programs without an institutional research concentration are more practitioner-oriented.

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