Interview with NDIR Spring 2013 Issue Editors

In celebration of NDIR's Global Issues in Institutional Research special issue (Spring 2013), eAIR interviewed Angel Calderon and Karen L. Webber to learn about their goals for the publication and their experience editing an issue of NDIR.

Angel Calderon is Principal Advisor, Planning and Research, at RMIT University (Australia). Karen L. Webber is Associate Professor, Institute of Higher Education at University of Georgia. They served as editors of the Spring 2013 issue of NDIR, Global Issues in Institutional Research.

eAIR: Describe your goals for this issue of NDIR.

Global Issues in Institutional Research provides a perspective on the contemporary thinking and practices of IR as it is experienced around the world. From the outset, we challenged ourselves to create a volume that contains the shared experience of IR practice from a global perspective rather than focus on practices in specific countries. Each chapter was written by two or more authors to embed plurality of professional practice as well as cross-pollination of concept and ideas about IR and where it is heading.

We encourage readers to ponder the role, nature, and skill sets required for the practice of IR and the functions of strategic planning in light of the fundamental transformation we are witnessing in tertiary education. We draw readers’ attention to the central role that IR professionals play in positioning higher education within a highly competitive and globalized environment. We emphasize the need for IR professionals to have well-developed sets of skills to deal with the quantum and policy in accomplishing the strategy and vision of their institutions and for the advancement of national educational systems.

The questions we pose for wider debate include: How does IR fit into the 21st century in light of globalization and rapid technological change? Does IR matter to the education institution of the future? What defining roles and distinct qualities does IR offer to the sustainability of the education services sector? What is the future of the IR professional in supporting, shaping, and influencing decision making?

eAIR: Please reflect on the experience of editing a special issue for NDIR.

We believe that it is paramount to support and promote the sustainability of NDIR as it is an invaluable resource that helps expand IR practitioners’ capabilities. NDIR is an outlet that foments debate about practices and issues that matter to IR. Editing this special issue provided us the opportunity to engage in debate with colleagues across the globe. We were fortunate to garner contributions from leading experts in the field who provided us with scholarly thought on issues that are critical to our professional practice.  Over many months we discussed many aspects of the nature, functions, and roles of IR.  Editing this issue of NDIR was a fantastic collaborative effort that we value very much. 

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