Higher Education Institutional Research

Degree: Master of Arts in Higher Education

Brian P. McCall

Brian McCall is an economist whose research interests include the study of student enrollment and departure behavior from college, the economics of higher education, labor economics, applied econometrics, econometric methods in duration data, quasi-experimental methods, health economics, and the incentive effects of social insurance programs.

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Students in the Institutional Research (IR) concentration develop the conceptual, technical, and practical skills necessary to conduct applied research in or pertaining to postsecondary institutions and system offices. The skills developed in the program are wide ranging, including factual knowledge about postsecondary institutions and systems, research methods used by IR professionals, knowledge of the processes and issues affecting institutions, and an understanding of the context and culture of the institutions in which
you will work and study.

This program of study prepares students for a wide range of professional positions related to improving the understanding, planning, management, and performance of postsecondary institutions and the systems in which these institutions are organized. These positions include faculty or research appointments within higher education programs or centers, research appointments in institutional research offices, and research and policy appointments in federal and state agencies of higher education, higher education associations, policy institutes, and policy advocacy organizations.
This concentration is distinctive in several ways:

Graduate study in this concentration includes the development and framing of research questions; the design and execution of empirical research pertaining to postsecondary education; the collection, preparation, and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data; the communication of research findings to varied audiences; and the connections between research, policy, and practice. Upon completion of their formal and practice-based education, students will have the technical competence and knowledge of the nature of postsecondary institutions that will position them well for careers in the exciting field of institutional research.

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