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Using Geographic Information Systems in Institutional Research: New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 120

Using Geographic Information Systems in Institutional Research: New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 120

Daniel Teodorescu (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-787-97281-3

Jan 2004, Jossey-Bass

112 pages

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Exploring the potential of geographic information systems (GIS) applications in higher education administration, this issue introduces professionals working in institutional research to a powerful presentation and analysis tool. With examples of actual GIS applications from several higher education institutions, chapters provide institutional researchers and other campus administrators innovative approaches to working with the spatial component of their data, an often unrecognized opportunity in institutional research.
EDITOR’S NOTES (Daniel Teodorescu).

1. An Introduction to GIS: Concepts, Tools, Data Sources, and Types of Analysis (Daniel D. Jardine, Daniel Teodorescu)
This chapter presents an overview of the GIS concepts, tools, sources of data, types of analysis, and potential applications in institutional research.

2. Applications of GIS in Admissions and Targeting Recruiting Efforts (Victor J. Mora)
A major strategic planning issue for college and university admissions is the development of inquiries that will, when turned into admitted students, fulfill stated institutional goals with respect to quality, quantity, and diversity. This chapter describes how GIS can be used to develop effective recruitment strategies.

3. Mapping Data on Enrolled Students (Manuel Granados)
This chapter discusses how institutional researchers can use GIS to examine the spatial component of enrollment data.

4. Integrating GIS into the Survey Research Process (David Roy Blough)
GIS can add value to several stages of survey research: research design, data analysis, and reporting. This chapter illustrates such use with examples from surveys of the market for higher education.

5. Building a GIS Database for Space and Facilities Management (Nicolas A. Valcik, Patricia Huesca-Dorantes)
GIS can serve as an effective tool for space planning and facilities management. This chapter describes the implementation of an integrated GIS for facilities management at a public university. The project focused on integrating utilities, spatial, and relational information as well as distributing this information over an intranet.

6. Developing Enterprise GIS for University Administration: Organizational and Strategic Considerations (B. Grant McCormick)
This chapter discusses the organizational challenges associated with implementing a campuswide administrative GIS. The chapter highlights opportunities as well as difficulties in using GIS in higher education administration.

7. Using GIS in Alumni Giving and Institutional Advancement (Daniel D. Jardine)
This chapter illustrates potential uses of GIS tools in presenting and analyzing donor information and assisting fundraising campaigns.

8. Bringing GIS Analysis to Institutional Research: Resources for Practitioners (Daniel Teodorescu)
The chapter presents key resources for those who want to learn more about GIS technology. The discussion includes information about GIS books, software packages, data sources, and training options.