PSYC 551 — Applied Institutional Research

Applied Research in Higher Edu­ca­tion
Taught by Jacque­line Honda Ed.D.

This course is designed to famil­iar­ize stu­dents with the research pro­ce­dures and meth­ods nec­es­sary for per­form­ing Insti­tu­tional Research stud­ies. Stu­dents will be able to uti­lize both quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive method­olo­gies to ana­lyze insti­tu­tional data­bases and assess uni­ver­sity out­comes, such as reten­tion and degree com­ple­tion rates. Stu­dents will also iden­tify what indi­ca­tors influ­ence edu­ca­tional out­comes across diverse pop­u­la­tions in Cal­i­for­nia and, more broadly, the coun­try as a whole. As a com­po­nent of this course and PSYC 552 to come, stu­dents will receive hands-on expe­ri­ence by work­ing on a research project, within an IR office facil­i­tated through their internship.

Course Units: 4
Weekly Work­load: 9–12 hours on course­work and 4 hours on the internship

Required Back­ground
Stu­dents must have com­pleted PSYC 550 and two pre­req­ui­site courses: Grad­u­ate Sta­tis­tics and Grad­u­ate Research Meth­ods, before begin­ning this course. Basic knowl­edge of quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive sta­tis­tics, research design, and pro­fi­cient sci­en­tific writ­ing skills is required.

Course Objec­tives (Stu­dent Learn­ing Outcomes)

  1. Describe, com­pare, and cri­tique approaches to Insti­tu­tional Research design.
  2. Dis­cuss and ana­lyze issues related to social loca­tion and iden­tity (includ­ing race, class & gen­der) in rela­tion to suc­cess and grad­u­a­tion rates in higher education.
  3. Artic­u­late pro­ce­dures within insti­tu­tions regard­ing data col­lec­tion and data access.
  4. Design and exe­cute a research project involv­ing a higher edu­ca­tion data­base and quan­ti­ta­tive and/or qual­i­ta­tive research methods.
  5. Exam­ine var­i­ous forms of pre­sent­ing quan­ti­ta­tive and/or qual­i­ta­tive research find­ings in rela­tions to insti­tu­tional pol­i­tics, pri­or­ity, and power structures.

Course Objec­tives (Related to IR Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate Pro­gram Learn­ing Outcomes)

  1. A solid foun­da­tion in quan­ti­ta­tive and qual­i­ta­tive IR research meth­ods and related method­olog­i­cal theory.
  2. Pro­fes­sional social­iza­tion, includ­ing an under­stand­ing of eth­i­cal issues, pre­sen­ta­tions and politics.

Course Objec­tives (Related to Uni­ver­sity Learn­ing Out­comes)
While this course in many ways con­tributes to all the uni­ver­sity learn­ing out­comes, it most cen­trally con­tributes to your abil­ity to demonstrate:

  1. Effec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion through writ­ten and oral modes.
  2. Crit­i­cal and cre­ative think­ing skills in acquir­ing a broad base of knowl­edge and apply­ing it to com­plex issues.
  3. Com­pe­tence in a major area of study.
  4. Appre­ci­a­tion for and under­stand­ing of an expanded world per­spec­tive by engag­ing respect­fully with a diverse range of indi­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties, and viewpoints.
  5. Tak­ing respon­si­bil­ity for iden­ti­fy­ing per­sonal goals and prac­tic­ing life­long learning.