In this article on the history and function of institutional research, the author describes his field as a continually evolving part of the higher education community: "The definition of institutional research," he says, "has changed and must continue to change in order for IR to remain viable . . . in an environment of selective growth and retrenchment." The author cautions that the tendency to emphasize the compilation of raw data at the expense of data analysis must be checked. This article has been adapted from his remarks at the SCUP 1975 Institute on Coordinating the Planning Process.
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