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Useful Links

General Links

Horizon Report, 2011 (The New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative) [PDF]

Information Literacy: A Neglected Core Competency
Researchers at the Information School at the University of Washington released an important and thought-provoking report in late 2009: Lessons Learned: How College Students Seek Information in the Digital Age. The study confirms and expands on the results of other reports. Its particular value is the size of the population studied, the diversity of institutions represented, and the use of both a survey and follow-up interviews for data collection.

Data Sources

RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey

Office of Institutional Research and Academic Planning
"The Office of Institutional Research and Academic Planning (OIRAP) gathers, analyzes, and uses data to inform institutional planning, policy development and decision-making." The OIRAP website provides data about institutional characteristics, including the Rutgers "Fact Book" and "Dashboard Indicators," and a variety of reports and surveys about Rutgers.

Rutgers University Libraries

Director's Station (SirsiDynix)
Director's Station facilitates analysis of data available from the integrated library system of the Rutgers University Libraries. Circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, and other data can be found and manipulated into custom reports.

Library Statistics - www.libraries.rutgers.edu (Rutgers University Libraries)
Contact Sam McDonald to use this web page to view monthly statistics for the Libraries website from 1994 to the current year.

Rutgers University Libraries Statistics
Detailed library statistics, through 2011, can be produced by this interactive website. For more current statistics, please contact Christine Wolff at Christine.wolff@rutgers.edu

Searchpath Statistics - Contact Jeanne Boyle or Sam McDonald
Reports by module and date range for usage, page and questions views, and answer statistics for Searchpath can be generated from this website.

Statistics (Rutgers University Libraries)
Annual statistical reports and charts are available in both PDF and Excel format. This website also has a link to the Libraries interactive statistics where more detailed statistics may be generated. Searchpath statistical charts are also available.

Libraries

Academic Libraries: 2010 (National Center for Education Statistics)
Provides national data for U.S. academic libraries and for characteristics of public/private, level, FTE enrollment, and Carnegie classification.

Academic Library Statistics (Association of College and Research Libraries) Data is given for universities awarding associate, bachelor, master, and doctorate degrees. Data categories are for collections expenditures, staffing, degrees, faculty, enrollment, etc. An interesting data category is for digitization activities.

Annual Surveys (Association of Research Libraries)
"ARL Statistics is a series of annual publications that describe the collections, expenditures, staffing, and service activities for ARL member libraries." Data is given by institution and in the aggregate. An online interactive edition that allows comparisons among institutions or over a period of years is available.

Compare Academic Libraries (National Center for Education Statistics)
"Use this site to create reports comparing one library of interest to other libraries." Each Rutgers campus is listed separately.

Library Assessment Conference: Building Effective, sustainable, Practical Assessment
This website presents archived papers from the 2010 Baltimore, Maryland conference on library assessment as well as information about past conferences.

Salary Surveys and Fact Sheets (ALA-APA)
The ALA Allied Professional Association conducts and provides results from surveys about workplace wellness and salaries. Improving the salaries and status of librarians and other library workers is one of APA’s prime activities.

Higher Education

Compilations

Internet Resources for Higher Education Outcomes Assessment (NC State University)

Ranking Systems Clearinghouse (Institute for Higher Education Policy)

Selected Rankings

Admissions and Enrollment Management
This publication identifies good practices in graduate admissions and graduate enrollment management. Topics addressed include organizational structures and university-wide policies and procedures, departmental guidelines, and legal and financial issues. This 2012 revision includes new discussion of: "enrollment management" as opposed to a narrow "admissions" approach, international student recruiting, and recent changes affecting affirmative action/diversity efforts.

Annual Ranking of World Universities
This annual ranking was developed to find out the gap between Chinese universities and world-class universities, particularly in terms of academic or research performance. It has been published every year since 2003, and all years are available from this website. Data is published on the top 500 universities. A review is available here. In 2010, Rutgers ranked 54th.

America's Best Colleges (U.S. News & World Report)
U.S. News & World Report" carries out this annual survey to help college-bound students choose the right college. Data includes information on retention and graduation rates, class size, selectivity of students admitted, and finances. The peer assessment score has made the survey controversial in recent years.

America's Best Graduate Schools (U.S. News & World Report)
Data from more than 12,000 graduate programs were collected for the 2009 rankings. The report is arranged by discipline, and the methodologies used vary by discipline group. Rutgers is ranked in the library sciences, criminology, English, and history groups.

Association of American Universities Data Exchange
The Association of American Universities Data Exchange (AAUDE) is a public service organization whose purpose is to improve the quality and usability of information about higher education." Members are AAU institutions. The AAUDE website provides links to studies by higher education organizations, universities, and the commercial sector.

Condition of Education
This website is an integrated collection of the indicators and analyses published in "The Condition of Education." Some indicators may have been updated since they appeared in print.

Dimensions and Use of the Scholarly Information Environment: A Data Set Assembled by the Digital Library Federation and Outsell, Inc. (Digital Library Federation and the Council on Library and Information Resources, 2002)
Data
Report

Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) (National Center for Education Statistics)"
"IPEDS is the core postsecondary education data collection program for NCES. Data are collected from all primary providers of postsecondary education in the country in areas including enrollments, program completions, graduation rates, faculty, staff, finances, institutional prices, and student financial aid."

NCHEMS Information Center for State Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis (National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
NCHEMS gives comparative data for states and counties and provides studies on special topics, race/ethnicity, and policy questions. It is possible to generate your own data and maps.

Projections of Education Statistics to 2016 (NCES)
Provides projections of enrollment, graduates, teachers, and expenditures at the national, regional, and state levels for elementary and secondary schools and enrollment and degrees conferred at the national level for degree-granting institutions.

Top American Research Universities: 2010 Annual Report (The Center for Measuring University Performance)
The top 25, 50, and 200 research universities are identified and ranked by nine performance measures. Additional tables rank public and private research universities separately. Data for additional measures are compiled for institutions with substantial federal research expenditures. All data used is from public sources. In the 2010 report, Rutgers ranked in the top 25 nationally on at least one of the nine measures and in the top 25 among all public universities on at least one of the nine measures.

Top Research Universities Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index (Chronicle of Higher Education)
This index examines faculty members who are listed on a Ph.D. program's websites. The productivity of each faculty member is judged on as many as five factors, depending on the most important variables in the given discipline: books published, journal publications, citations of journal articles, federal-grant dollars awarded, and honors and awards. For each discipline, weights are assigned to each variable. The score given allows the performance of programs to be compared across disciplines.

AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey (Association of University Technology Managers) "The AUTM Licensing Survey Summary is a standard for technology transfer professionals and public sector individuals that desire data on academic intellectual property licensing activities in the U.S. and Canada." The text describes national activity while the appendix gives data by institution for licensing FTE, research expenditures, licenses executed and active, invention disclosures, patents issued and patent applications, and income. Data for Rutgers is included.

Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC))
Published twice each year in January and June since 2004, the various rankings are based on the Web presence of the institutions included. "Web presence measures the activity and visibility of the institutions and it is a good indicator of impact and prestige of universities. Rank summarizes the global performance of the University, provides information for candidate students and scholars, and reflects the commitment to the dissemination of scientific knowledge. Rutgers world rank is 34.

The QS World University Rankings (Times Higher Education Supplement)
The QS World University Rankings are compiled based on six indicators: academic peer review, employer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, international faculty, and international students.

General

DataUniverse: Local, State and Federal Information at your Fingertips (Home News Tribune and the Courier News)
Included are statistics for public payroll, retirees, federal earmarks, election records, property sales, crime reports, SAT results, and much more.

Survey Sources

LibQUAL+(R)
The Rutgers University Libraries used LibQUAL+(R) to gather user opinion during the spring 2005 semester. The results, which were incorporated into the Libraries current strategic plan, are available on the staff website at: http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/staff/planning/reports.shtml.

MINES for Libraries
"Measuring the Impact of Networked Electronic Services (MINES) is an online, transaction-based survey that collects data on the purpose of use of electronic resources and the demographics of users". The survey instrument is under development by the Association of Research Libraries, and the Rutgers University Libraries have agreed to collaborate on developing its use with EZproxy.

National Center for Higher Education Management Systems
NCHEMS offers the following surveys: SOIS - Student Outcomes Information Surveys; CAAS - Comprehensive Alumni Assessment Surveys; and IPS - Institutional Performance Survey.



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