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Leading Effective Institutional Research

19-20 November 2012, LH Martin Institute, Melbourne

Institutional research has become an increasingly integral part of professional higher education management. Encompassing elements of external accountability, quality assurance, management of information for strategic and tactical decision support, program evaluation, and learning outcomes assessment, higher education institutions worldwide increasingly seek out individuals with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities to meet the growing demands for evidence-based practice and transparency.

This seminar will introduce participants to the institutional research toolkit and related skill sets, as well as to the range of higher education management functions to which these methods are constructively applied. Case studies will be used to illustrate the methods of institutional research and their application to functions such as strategic planning, enrolment management, program evaluation, and the efficiency and effectiveness of resource utilisation.

The seminar will explore:

  • the foundations of institutional research: its history, emergence as a profession, contexts of application, and the role it plays in institutional governance and management
  • international developments, concepts and approaches: the emergence of benchmarks and rankings and the use of institutional classifications
  • analytic resources: common tools, techniques and technologies
  • common domains of analysis: strategic planning, student enrolments, academic and support program evaluation, faculty productivity, workforce planning.

Case studies will include:

  • Peer institution identification for benchmarking
  • Student flow – persistence and completion
  • Evaluation of an academic support program
  • Faculty instruction and research productivity

Learning outcomes

  • The role of institutional research in effective higher education administration.
  • The staffing and organisational capacities needed to implement an IR function.
  • The requirements for establishing an analytical information environment to support institutional research and program assessment.
  • Strategies and techniques for promoting evidence-based practice within a higher education institution.


Victor BordenVictor (Vic) Borden, Ph.D. is Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University Bloomington. His general area of scholarship is the assessment of organisational and program performance within higher education institutions. He also teaches graduate seminars, professional workshops and writes extensively about the methods and practices of institutional research.

Administratively, Borden currently is a senior advisor to the Executive Vice President for University Regional Affairs, Planning, and Policy. Between 1987 and 2010, Dr. Borden served in senior institutional research positions at Indiana University, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis and George Mason University, after starting his IR career as a research analyst at the University of Massachusetts in 1984. Borden is an active contributor to several professional associations, most notably, the Association for Institutional Research, of which he is a Past President.

Seminar content

Day 1
  • Introduction and contexts
  • IR concepts and methods
  • Case study 1: Peer institution identification for benchmarking
  • Case study 2: Student flow – persistence and completion
Day 2
  • Case study 3: Evaluation of an academic support program
  • Case study 4: Faculty instruction and research productivity
  • Implications and emerging contexts

Download the full program (pdf) for more information.

Who should attend?

This seminar is for senior institutional researchers working in tertiary institutions, ministries or peak bodies.

Limited to 20 participants per session to enable interactive discussion.

Dates and locations *Updated*

[Cancelled] 15-16 November 2012, UNSW CBD campus, Level 6, 1 O’Connell Street, Sydney

19-20 November 2012, LH Martin Institute, University of Melbourne, Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, Carlton

Delivery mode

A highly interactive two-day seminar (non-residential)


$1,700 ($1,870 incl. GST)

Fee does not include accommodation.


Please direct enquiries to Anita Wong or call +61 3 8344 0906.


Please click on 'Register' or download and complete the registration form (pdf).

Return completed form via

Fax: +61-3-9347 8922
Post: LH Martin Institute, Level 1, 715 Swanston Street, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010.

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Jointly developed with Australasian Association for Institutional Research
Jointly developed with Australasian Association for Institutional Research