Submitted by zae0008 on Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:33


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While the title may appear to focus on institutional research as a field, this article actually encourages institutions of higher education to shift the dynamic of decision maker from traditional IR forums. R. Swing and L.E. Ross (2016) seek an expanded definition of decision makers. They posit that students, faculty, and staff must begin to leverage data surfaced to improve decision making at all levels of the institution. While senior leaders play critical roles in a new data driven knowledge economy each university stakeholder must recognize their own individual power in making choices related to success. Finally, the authors assert that in order for higher education to truly leverage institutional research expertise it must embrace and activate a student-focused paradigm that breaks down silos to promote beneficial outcomes.