Charlotte, North Carolina October 8-11, 2016




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SAIR Proposal

SAIR Conference Program 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
10:45 am to 11:30 am

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 31

When compiling their SACSCOC Compliance Certification Report many universities encounter difficulties determining what to include in their documentation for several SACSCOC principles addressing administrative, academic, and student support services. They also struggle with how to write effective and efficient narratives for these principles. This session looks at four of these overlapping principles (CR 2.10, CS, CS and CS 3.4.9) and explains the successful approach that one university took to preparing documentation and narratives for these principles in their 2016 Reaffirmation Report.

Room: Morehead
William Wheeler Liberty University
Robert Talley Liberty University
Dawn Brown Liberty University

Facilitator: Vicki West

Assessment / Work Share

Session 25
Outcomes-Based Grading: An Efficient Assessment Approach

In today’s innovative economy, employers consider student competencies in some critical skills as more important than college majors. Embedding assessment of student learning outcomes in graded examinations enables faculty to reconcile the pitfall of separating grading from assessment. This study measured students’ performances in an accounting course over two semesters. Questions pertaining to two learning outcomes (analytical and reflective thinking skills) were embedded in examinations given during each semester. The students’ mastery of analytical skill remarkably improved, but the rate was gradual in the reflective thinking outcome. This approach facilitates grading and assessment as a simultaneous process.

Room: Tryon North
Ebenezer F. Kolajo Radford University
Felix Amenkhienan Radford University

Facilitator: Rick Burnette

Community College / Work Share

Session 27
A Decade of Community College Data from the NCCBP

The National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) is an annual data collection effort that was started in 2004 by the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (NHEBI). With a decade of data to mine and annual participation of over 250 community colleges, this session will present some of the most interesting trend data from the study, as well as some recent results. Graduation rates, transfer rates, retention and persistence as well as trends in developmental course completions, tuition, operating revenue and completer employment metrics will be provided.

Room: Harris
Michelle Taylor National Higher Education Benchmarking Institution

Facilitator: Jana Marak

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 26
IPEDS Update: Research & Development Activities and New Tools for Using IPEDS Data

The National Center for Education Statistics will present an update on the latest products and tools for data providers, researchers, and consumers (students and parents). In addition, research & development activities, specifically the activities of the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) and Technical Review Panels (TRP) will be presented.

Room: Tryon South
Gigi Jones U.S. Department of Education

Facilitator: Martin Fortner

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 28
The Tip of the SLDS Iceberg- Enhancing Reporting and Research Efficiency Using Tennessee’s SLDS

The development of Tennessee's State Longitudinal Data System has led to the unprecedented availability of data on Tennessee residents from kindergarten to the workforce. Join us to learn how the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Policy, Planning, and Research Division continues to enhance its research and reporting functions via data from this SLDS, along with the use of dynamic linkages across platforms. Presenters will showcase customized mapping tools (college-going, wages, etc.), the transition from static to (semi-)automated reporting, the utility of SLDS data in Tennessee’s research agenda, and exciting next steps on the horizon.

Room: Independence
Brian Douglas Tennessee Higher Education Commission
Matt Freeman Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Facilitator: Eric Atchison

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 29
Estimating the Effect of Study Abroad on College Completion Using Coarsened Exact Matching

Using tracking data from multiple first-time freshman cohorts, I match Study Abroad (SA) participants and non-participants based on their academic and socioeconomic backgrounds and estimate the effect of SA participation on graduation. Results show that SA participation is associated with an increased likelihood of graduating by four, five, or six years and helps to close the graduation gap between first-gen and non-first-gen students. I demonstrate coarsened exact matching’s advantages over more widely used matching techniques and discuss the justifications and limitations of matching for analyzing the impact of program participation on student outcomes.

Room: Sharon
Ryan Shirah University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Facilitator: Susan Moreno

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 30
Cancelled - Understanding Universities’ Scientific Performance: Virginia Commonwealth University vs its Peer Institutions

The first section of this study examines the influence of various institutional revenue and R&D expenditure items on scientific performance (faculty publications) at 73 public universities with Very-High-Research-Activity designation. Longitudinal data (1985-2014) are collected from Thomson-Reuters, IPEDS Finance Survey, NSF Survey of R&D Expenditures, and NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates. Log-log regression models are used for the analysis. The second section discusses various output, impact, and collaboration indicators pertaining to faculty publications. Data are obtained from CWTS Leiden Ranking 2015 and are used to benchmark Virginia Commonwealth University and its peers in the following fields: all sciences, biomedical/health sciences, mathematics/computer science, and physical sciences/engineering.

Room: Trade
Khoi Dinh To Virginia Commonwealth University
William R. Evans Virginia Commonwealth University


Institutional Research / Software Demonstration

Session 34
Cram It All In There: Building an Analysis Dataset That Does Everything

Research on student behaviors and outcomes, routine reporting, and ad hoc requests usually require data from different and not necessarily friendly sources. Rather than continually joining the same data sources together for each request, we leveraged our BI platform and SAS to produce a single analysis dataset, summarizing each student’s academic career in a single row. This allowed us to readily handle queries on enrollment, retention, graduation, major progression, GPA, and much more. This talk will cover the data processing tools (sort, merge, transpose, arrays, SQL) we used to produce the dataset, and demonstrate our office’s motivating use cases.

Room: Grand Ballroom A
Rashad Aziz Florida State University
Sharifah Alrajhi King Abdulaziz University

Facilitator: Christine Murphy

Sponsor Session / Software Demonstration

Session 32
Focus Your Evaluations on More Than Student Satisfaction.

Join a panel of your peers to learn how Scantron helps them make the most of their investment in the Class Climate Course Evaluation and Survey Solution. They will share how they are using this robust program to: • Measure Student Learning Outcomes and Compare Target Goals with Actual Outcomes • Generate Surveys of Any Kind…Not Just Evaluations • Integrate with Learning Management Systems • Increase Evaluation Response Rates

Room: Kings
Julie Fulgham

Facilitator: Nerissa Rivera

Sponsor Session / Work Share

Session 33
A Practical Guide to the AIR Statement of Aspirational Practice for IR

This session addresses ideas presented in the Statement of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research, published by AIR in 2016. The key tenets of the aspirational statement are featured, including an expanded definition of decision makers, structures and leadership for IR, and a student-focused paradigm. Panelists will outline the next steps of the evolving process of reshaping the IR function, including ways to initiate conversations on these topics at your institutions. Join us for a conversation about this dynamic piece of work that is poised to grow with the field of institutional research. An institutional self-assessment for IR capacity will also be introduced.

Room: Queens
Jason Lewis

Facilitator: Glenn James

Technology / Paper

Session 36
Having It All: Data Models and Dashboards for Regulatory Snapshots and Operational Transactional Data

While point-in-time “frozen” data snapshots are required for regulatory and institutional metrics, many equally important operational functions rely on “live” data from up-to-date transactional systems. Too often, these are maintained as completely separate, incompatible, and inconsistent data sets. We describe a data warehouse modeling framework in which operational reporting is based off of live data using regulatory business rules, and identically structured snapshots are periodically frozen. Using these matching data structures, we have constructed reporting dashboards which allow seamless switching between the live and frozen data, bringing both greater consistency and flexibility to our internal and external reporting.

Room: Brevard
Craig Rudick University of Kentucky
Mary Kathryn Starkey University of Kentucky

Facilitator: Chau-Kuang Chen

Technology / Work Share

Session 46
Advanced Analytics

Today, advanced analytics is becoming the norm/standard for companies. Companies like Lowes use your purchasing behavior to predict what you will buy; they use your behavior and send you targeted coupons for items you may be interested in purchasing. With an increased demand on institutions of higher education to help educate students due to the national completion agenda, institutions can use students’ enrollment behavior to assist them in deciding what courses to enroll in and what majors to choose. Join us as we review how using advanced analytics to assist students will help in students’ academic success.

Room: Grand Ballroom B
Barrie D. Fitzgerald Valdosta State University
Brian A. Haugabrook Valdosta State University
Andy T. Clark Middle Georgia State University

Facilitator: Kelly Birchfield

Sessions: 12

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