12 Mar Strategies for Leading Special Topic Analyses in IR
These are unusual times. Most campus leaders are consumed with decision-making and planning surrounding the coronavirus outbreak. The plans you may have had on your calendar are no longer there. And some people and departments are in limbo. Many of us are awaiting further instructions and for key leaders to be available for a meeting to move forward on regularly scheduled projects.
IEHE is working to support institutional research and data analytic needs during these challenging times. As such, we are providing a public forum and resource list to help leaders think ahead to upcoming analyses that will be of use to their campuses. We have some suggestions on our website — but we also know that there are many more ideas from talented higher education professionals like yourself. We invite you to join us in this effort to crowdsource ideas for special topic analyses that might be useful during and after crisis events, such as the current coronavirus response.
Leading the Charge on Emerging Special Topic Analyses
One of the things we at the IEHE have been thinking about is how we can support IR professionals as they proactively plan for and address unique data needs in difficult circumstances. Of course, there are all the ‘business-as-usual’ IR demands. Those aren’t going away, though their timelines may shift. We recently offered some tips for keeping the ball rolling on expected data needs.
But as you know, it is also important to anticipate what is to come. Since these kind of events are unprecedented, we must try to prepare for what we will want and need to know as time goes on. What will our stakeholders– institutional leadership, students, our communities — be trying to make sense of and learn from? There will certainly be requests for special topic analyses surrounding the impact of the coronavirus on students and the institution. So, we’ve developed this short guide to breaking down the strategies/steps for jumping in to address these new questions.
How Can You Get Involved?
Join our crowdsourcing community–let’s put our heads together and see what we can come up with to help one another. We invite you to share: 1) your ideas and 2) samples of relevant work that may serve as a guide/resource for others.
IEHE will continuously update our Data Needs in Response to Challenging Times page with submitted ideas and resource links.