Volkwein JF. The Foundations and Evolution of Institutional Research. New Dir High Educ. 2008;141:5-20. https://eric.ed.gov/?id=EJ791426
What is institutional research (IR)? One of the most widely definition of the institutional research is by Joe Saupe, who emphasized institutional research as a set of activities that support institutional planning, policy formation, and decision making. Institutional researchers and IR functions are embedded in the offices of strategic planning, institutional management, assessment, evaluation, budget analysis, enrollment management, enrollment research, and planning. In this article, the author takes a look at how the role of IR has changed over time and distinguishes the differences among the five faces of institutional research.
Middaugh, MF, Trusheim, DW, & Bauer, KW. Strategies for the practice of institutional research: Concepts, resources, and applications. Association for Institutional Research; 1994. https://www.airweb.org/docs/default-source/documents-for-pages/reports-and-publications/strategies-for-the-practice-of-ir.pdf?sfvrsn=d8f32b12_2
Increasing demands for institutional accountability have created new pressures on colleges and universities to provide information in a systematic, timely, and thorough fashion. This book aims to provide a conceptual and practical framework for the practice of data/information collection and analysis. While intended to assist practitioners in the field of institutional research, the book was also written with a larger audience in mind.
Zimmer B. Achieving quality within funding constraints: the potential contribution of institutional research. Journal of Institutional Research. May 1995; Vol 4; 74-82. http://hdl.voced.edu.au/10707/146829
Faced with an escalating number of competing demands on limited public funds, governments are giving more attention to achieving greater effectiveness and efficiency in the allocation and use of resources, as well as to maximizing the achievement of goals and policies to which they assign high priority. Such an operating environment has made the achievement of quality within funding constraints a crucial imperative for institutions of tertiary education. Institutional strategies for improving quality and the benefits of institutional research are both examined in this paper.
Association for Institutional Research. Duties and Functions of Institutional Research. eAIR; January 2017. https://www.airweb.org/ir-data-professional-overview/duties-and-functions-of-institutional-research
In today’s economy, where data and information are valued and those who assist organizations in utilizing these data and information to make informed decisions are seen as assets, the field of IR looks to continue its importance in higher education institutions, systems, and organizations. The list of Duties & Functions of Institutional Research was developed by AIR, with input from members, to continue the process of defining the function of IR to explain and assess our work.