The Status Quo and Issues of Institutional Research in Japanese Universities—IR Offices at a Crossroads in Universities without Regular University Management
This paper examines the status quo and issues of institutional research (IR) in Japanese universities. There has been a big push from the government towards establishing IR offices to reinforce the governance of the university. There are now quite a few IR offices. However, they are reported to be on very unstable grounds.
This paper compares the US and Japanese IR offices by its mission, reporting line, and its services. It concludes that Japanese IR offices fail to establish the link to the decision-maker at the highest rank. It emphasizes that the absence of regular university management is inherently the cause of this malfunction. It proposes administrators and IR offices to work together to establish regular university management. It suggests providing IR offices a more stable ground and trust for regular university management to settle in.
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