What is Institutional Research Anyway?

When I meet someone new, their first question is usually, “What do you do?” And when I tell them I work in Institutional Research at a university, their second question is, “Yeah, but what do you do?” Sometimes I say, “I make numbers into pictures.” But it might be more accurate to say, “I find answers.”...
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Fishing in a Landfill

The suggestion of going trout fishing in a landfill sounds both absurd and repulsive, but it provides a graphic analogy for discussion about Google and academic research. Google is popular and probably ranks as the favorite search engine for most people. It quickly and reliably delivers plenty of results, often millions, from a simple keyword...
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