Institutional Analysis Option
The Institutional Analysis curriculum was designed to provide the knowledge, skills and experiences necessary for understanding institutional performance both inside and outside of formal education settings. This option area focuses on the role of assessment, evaluation, and other research and analysis techniques in supporting institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making. The Institutional Analysis option at NDSU is the first program in the nation with this focus at the doctoral level.
The Institutional Analysis option focuses on mid-management needs regarding assessment, evaluation, research, and institutional analysis. This program involves data-driven statistical knowledge, comprehensive research skills, and dispositions needed to work with both academia and other environments, such as business, military, and government.
Institutional research is often conducted within an institution to provide information and analysis which supports institutional planning, policy formation, and decision-making. The primary emphasis of institutional research has been associated with higher education institutions. However, national trends toward accountability at all levels of public and private education are leading to more demand for professional educators to become engaged in data driven decision making. The emphasis on data analysis is often limited to a knowledge base focused on completion of a dissertation. As a consequence, sound data driven decision-making has been dependent on professionals trained or possessing a strong background in statistics without managerial or administrative preparation. An emphasis of this option is that it focuses on advanced studies of assessment, evaluation, research, and institutional analysis techniques, with preparation in management and/or administration. An understanding of research methods and statistics is required.
Given the current and projected future demands on accountability, the doctorate contributes to the development of professionals who are competent to lead the vast array of data-driven accountability activities such as those associated with program evaluations, student assessment, and national accreditation procedures (Kindergarten through Higher Education). This program serves educational institutions within the region and also foster scholarship and research opportunities through collaborative practices with other institutions on a national (and potentially international) scale.
Examples of career opportunities for successful graduates in the institutional analysis option includes:
- Institutional analysis specialists or directors at colleges or universities
- Directors, coordinators, and evaluators involved in alternative delivery of educational programs
- Research professors in comprehensive universities
- Consultants serving education, business, industry, government, and military enterprises
- Educators responsible for all analysis aspects of No Child Left Behind
- Educators responsible for accreditation and assessment
Areas of Concentration for the Institutional Analysis option:
The Institutional Analysis option is for individuals to work in agencies and institutions responsible for the assessment, evaluation, and analysis of education and training in the classroom and/or mid-management level in the following areas of concentration:
Concentration 1: Institutional Analysis in the adult and post-secondary levels at public and private institutions and agencies (Aligned with Association for Institutional Research and other professional standards).
Concentration 2: Assessment and evaluation in K-12 curriculum levels at public and private institutions and agencies (See Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development , or American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education , etc.)