This Research Bulletin discusses the strategic use of surveys and the techniques of data gathering, display, and analysis to provide information that institutions can use in effective decision making.
Carl F. Berger, Sr. is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Michigan. and former Director of Advanced Academic Technologies in the Collaboratory for Advanced Research and Academic Technologies (CARAT) in the Provost's Office. Currently he is a contributing editor of Academic Intersections (http://academicintersections.org). In 2006 he was honored being named as an NMC (New Media Consortium) Fellow, the second such fellow in the 14 year history of the award. In 2001, he was honored with the EDUCAUSE Leadership in Information Technology Award. Carl has made significant contributions to not only the University of Michigan family but to the entire EDUCAUSE community. Carl is probably best known for working to understand how people learn using technology and assessment of the appropriate use of technology in teaching and learning. He was a founder of EDUCAUSE's National Learning Infrastructure Initiative's (NLII) - Academic Educational Support Objects Project (AESOP) in 1995. AESOP evolved, along with other projects, to be the IMS Global Learning Consortium Project of today. Carl served as the founding chairman of the board for IMS from 1996 through 2004. Carl was recognized at the EDUCAUSE meeting in 1999 for his leadership and involvement in NLII and his work on the IMS Project. Carl serves on the Advisory Board of the Multimedia Educational Resources for Research and Online Teaching (MERLOT) and was the Michigan project director for MERLOT from 1999 to 2003. From 1958 to 1966, He was a junior and high school science teacher from 1958 to 1966. Then, from 1966 to 1971, an Associate Research Scientist at UC-Berkeley. From 1972 to 2003, Carl has been an Associate Professor and Professor of Science Education at the University of Michigan. He was the Associate Dean and Dean of Education,1979-1988, the Director of Instructional Technology for the University of Michignan, 1989-1995, and the Director of Academic Information Processes,1989-1999. From 1999-2002 he was Academic Liaison for the Office of the CIO and became Director of Advanced Academic Technologies in 1999 until his retirement in 2003. Carl received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Denver in 1958, a M.A. in Physics and Science Education from California State University-Sacramento in 1966, and his Ed.D. in Science Education from UC-Berkeley in 1971. He is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Mu Epsilon. He is the author of twenty one books, over sixty chapters and articles, and holds two patents. Carl received the Distinguished Contributions to Science Education Research Award from the National Association for Research in Science Teaching in 1996.