chapter  1
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What Is Your Question? Kathleen Manning, University of Vermont

ByFrances K. Stage, New York University

In each of the vignettes just described, the individuals in question were about to embark on a research project. Each of them had a question that required acquisition and analysis of information in some form to answer. As demonstrated by these, the term research applies to a broad range of activities on the college campus. Analysis of already available institutional data, exploration of legal implications of a campus issue, questions about student learning in classes, research on faculty experiences, needs assessment, evaluation of programs, and monitoring of new policies-all these and more fall under the general rubric of research.