It’s a weird world right now. Like many in the U.S., I write this as I work from a basement bedroom in my house that was recently converted to a home office. Like many around the world, my interactions with others are by phone...
Institutional researchers first began working on college campuses after World War II, primarily to provide data within institutions for planning, decision making, and policy development. Generally stated, these IR staff were predominantly limi
In a past blog entry, I explained how my service to the ND University System includes providing K-12 research support to the ND Department of Public Instruction. As our collaborative arrangement continues to succeed, I’m able to work on fascin
When the average person hears the term “college student” they think of a traditional degree-seeking student, or in other words, a student pursuing coursework that carries credit which can be applied toward a college degree. Further, when enrol
What keeps North Dakota’s teachers satisfied with their jobs? What makes our teachers less than satisfied? What makes our teachers continue to serve the same school from one year to the next? What makes a teacher choose to leave their workplac
The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction (NDDPI), North Dakota University System (NDUS), and North Dakota Information Technology (NDIT) in consultation with Otis Educational Systems, Inc. celebrate the 2018-2019 Insights interactive K
Over five years ago, the current 2015-2020 Strategic Plan for the North Dakota University System was unveiled to the state after much hard work by countless stakeholders. The higher education landscape has seen massive change since that time,
I did not initially plan for a career in institutional research. My original goal was to become a professor who conducts social-political psychology research. In 2008, I began my doctoral program at the University of Chicago. By 2013, I had ea
In the June blog article, Digital Advisory Panel guides NDUS in student privacy issues, it was mentioned that the NDUS Institutional Research department had developed a code of ethics around the use of analytics in reporting. This code emerge
Institutional researchers do some of their best work when they collaborate with stakeholders who are committed to data-driven decision-making. Such collaborations may be initiated when someone realizes they need more information or evidence be
A year ago, we were starting to talk about a train that was coming straight at us. While most would say our reaction should be to get out of the way and let it pass, that wasn’t an option because this train was delivering,...
Diversity is one of the most rewarding aspects of Institutional Research higher education work. This diversity comes in a variety of forms; from academic disciplines comprising educational preparation, to our primary employment responsibilitie