TROY hosts institutional research professionals

Posted: Wednesday, 30 March 2011

TROY—Troy University will host institutional research professionals from across the state April 3-5 on its Troy Campus.

The 25th annual conference of the Alabama Association for Institutional Research, an organization of individuals from public and private colleges and universities and community colleges who are involved in institutional research and related fields, will provide presentations on data management, strategic planning, designing and conducting surveys and accreditation practices, said Dr. John Dew, Senior Vice Chancellor of Student Services and Administration.

Much of the work of institutional researchers focuses on the accreditation process through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and many specialized areas of accreditation, in addition to strategic planning duties, he said.

This year’s conference features Dr. Sarah Armstrong, Director of Institutional Support at SACS, who will present a special workshop on the organization’s substantive changes.

“Ultimately, the aim of institutional research is to improve the understanding, planning and operation of Alabama’s institutions of higher learning,” Dr. Dew said. “We are pleased to be able to support the Association in continuing to foster the interchange of ideas on problems of common concern to all colleges and universities in the state.”