Charlotte, North Carolina October 8-11, 2016




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SAIR Proposal

SAIR Conference Program 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Assessment / Work Share

Session 98
Critical Thinking Assessment: Make the Right Investment!

This will be a frank peer-to-peer discussion of approaches to assessing critical thinking. We will explore the costs and benefits of both homegrown and commercially available instruments based on direct experience and research. Instruments include, but are not limited to: AAC&U VALUE rubrics; California Critical Thinking Skills and Cornell Critical Thinking products; the Critical Thinking Assessment Test (CAT); the ETS HEIghten Critical Thinking Assessment; and institutionally-developed tools. The discussion is open to anyone with interest; novices can gain insight from those with more experience. Information from colleagues about additional methods or measures will be enthusiastically welcomed.

Room: Morehead
Patricia Gregg Georgia State University

Facilitator: Tim Metz

Community College / Work Share

Session 102
A Simple and Efficient Data Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination Process

Historically, community college institutional research offices have struggled to meet the increasing demands of compliance reporting, grant requirements and student success initiatives. This presentation is designed to share examples of the data production and analysis process used to assist colleges in building a Culture of Evidence to guide their decisions.

Room: Grand Ballroom B
Bobbie Frye Central Piedmont Community College
Paul Earls Central Piedmont Community College

Facilitator: Alice Simpkins

Community College / Work Share

Session 103
A Blueprint for Building Professional Development: How One Community College Strives to Improve Online Performance

This is the story of how one community college decided to address the issue of lagging student success rates in its online courses. Participants will be introduced to a unique and synergistic process for creating effective professional development. From initial steps to end phases, educators will learn about a theoretical model for building quality professional development programs. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis assessing the effectiveness of the professional development program is also included.

Room: Brevard
Laura Hercula Coastal Carolina Community College, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Facilitator: Jamil Ibrahim

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 93
Looking Beyond First Year Student Success

Often, the focus with student success is around retaining first year students. UNCG wanted to take a broader approach to student success by expanding retention efforts to include upperclassmen. In this presentation, Jeffrey Collis and Jon MacMillan will talk about their collaborative effort they used in developing a full retention predictive model with Rapid Insight Analytics. The model provides the probability of retention for all currently enrolled students as well as incoming freshmen.

Room: Tryon South
Jeffrey Collis University of North Carolina-Greensboro
Jon MacMillan Rapid Insight Inc.

Facilitator: Lily Hwang

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 94
Study Abroad and Graduation, A Study of The Impact of International Experience On Student Success

OUís study abroad programs are popular among students and supported by campus leadership. Concerns are often raised, however, about the impact of studentsí international experience on retention and graduation rates. Do students who study abroad take longer to graduate? Are students who study abroad more engaged in their studies and therefore more likely to make it to graduation? This study explains how we collected and analyzed the cohort data and how the peer groups were selected. The impact on student graduation rate, time to degree and GPA are also discussed.

Room: Harris
Yan Zhou University of Oklahoma

Facilitator: Amanda Kin

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 100
Understanding the mix of Military, Veteran and Other Student Groups; annual reporting support to the campus Military and Veterans Student Center

Review of demographics for our student populations of student veterans and service members, and non-military students, has allowed our Military and Veterans Student Center staff to understand and identify trends in these data. Georgia Southern University, designated as a Military Friendly institution for the fourth year in a row by G.I. Jobs AND Top Schools by Military Advanced Education & Transition since 2012, is tracking the demographics, retention, graduation rates, degrees, and monetary chapter benefits in fiscal years 2012-13 through 2015-16 of student populations.

Room: Queens
Mary Poe Georgia Southern University
Jayne Perkins Brown Georgia Southern University

Facilitator: Melissa Lewis

Institutional Research /

Session 101
Think you Know Big Data? Think Again

We are all getting deluged with messages about ďBig Data,Ē but is it really Big Data or simply more data. In this update on a prior SAIR presentation we will explore the myths, realities, and potential of this transforming technology that is seeking to harness the power of the 90% of data we are not analyzing. As with all new things, there is no shortage of hype and misinformation making it important for us to understand what Big Data can do for our institutions.

Room: Grand Ballroom A
Rick Burnette Florida State University

Facilitator: Brian Phillips

Planning / Paper

Session 96
Athletics and Institutional Research:'Til death do us part'

Every year, schools perform a mad dash of heroics to submit their NCAA GSR report. What is the NCAA GSR report? GSR is the Graduation Success Rate of a specific cohort of athletic students. Sounds simple enough; however, this cohort is not necessarily the first date of attendance at the institution. This session will explore the welcomed marriage between the Athletics Department and the Institutional Research office. The reporting and tracking of students is an almost daily activity for the IR office; however, itís not for the athletic department. We will present methods and procedures to design and maintain an athletic database and to facilitate the completion of compliance reports.

Room: Sharon
Urban Wiggins Jarvis Christian College
William Broussard Southern University
Ventric Fletcher Tulane University

Facilitator: Kenric Ware

Technology / Work Share

Session 97
Onboarding Institutions to a State-Wide Higher Education Data Warehouse

Facing the difficult task of implementing an enterprise data warehouse (EDW) for a system of public colleges and universities, leadership chose an onboarding process to create user acceptance of their data warehouse. The process follows the structure of onboarding an organization into transactional enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. The problem was well identified. Campus users lacked access to data their institutions had submitted and lacked confidence in the data integrity. Improving access to the data warehouse was a key step. The onboarding project addresses both theoretical and practical aspects for creating a healthy data warehouse community.

Room: Trade
Gregory Schutz Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia
Tan M. Tran Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia

Facilitator: Jonathan Gordon

Technology / Work Share

Session 99
The Continuous Evolution of the Student Data Warehouse at the University of Houston

The University of Houston (UH) implemented a student data warehouse for trending and analysis. Since its initial release to the UH community, the data warehouse has been updated with access to new data points. This presentation will give a brief back ground of the data warehouse and give a demonstration of standard and custom reports.

Room: Kings
Susan Moreno Office of Institutional Research, University of Houston
Vyas Krishnamurthy Office of Institutional Research, University of Houston
Carmen Allen Office of Institutional Research, University of Houston

Facilitator: Robert Springer

Sessions: 10

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