Charlotte, North Carolina October 8-11, 2016




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SAIR Proposal

SAIR Conference Program 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Assessment / Paper

Session 39
Measuring The Impact of a Living Learning Communities (LLC) Program on Freshmen GPA and First Year Retention

Over the past three decades, many colleges and universities have implemented Living-Learning Communities (LLC) programs in an attempt to create seamless environments between students’ classroom and residence hall experiences (Inkelas & Soldner, 2011). Numerous research studies have shown that LLC have a significant positive effect on student outcomes both socially and academically. This study explores the effects of an LLC program on student success measured by first fall GPA, first year GPA, and first year retention, while controlling for the impact of student characteristics and first semester major at a public research university.

Room: Harris
Su Chuan Rita He The University of Texas at Dallas
Sharon Etheredge The University of Texas at Dallas
Lawrence J Redlinger The University of Texas at Dallas

Facilitator: Lesley Shotts

Community College / Paper

Session 40
Sharing the Outcomes Assessment Wealth with Adjuncts: Best Practices from the Literature

Adjunct instructors, referred to as contingent faculty, teach 58% of U.S. community college courses, and manage learning outcomes for half of students enrolled (JBL Associates, 2008). According to the Center for Community College Student Engagement, contingency may have consequences that negatively affect learning. There are reasons why achievement of learning outcomes and the related assessment may not be valued and accepted by adjuncts, among them lack of shared vision, poor understanding of the purpose and use of data, and minimal involvement in the decision-making processes. This paper presents best-practices for systematically involving adjuncts in the assessment of student learning outcomes.

Room: Independence
Kelly Jackson Charles South Piedmont Community College

Facilitator: Jamil Ibrahim

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 38
The Power is In Their Hands: Facilitating Data Usage throughout the Institution

The demand for access to data at institutions is constantly increasing. However, not everyone who needs or desires this access has the time or understanding to learn the ins and outs of querying transactional student data from a complex student information system. The University of Houston addressed this issue by creating reporting tables that consolidate data into less than a dozen, easily queried tables within the system. Participants in this session will understand how we structured the reporting tables and how we facilitate their campus-wide use

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

Facilitator: Alona Smolova

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 41
Visualizing the Future: Using BI to Inform Decision Making

This session will demonstrate how one institution transformed institutional big data into interactive BI reports to inform student success. To provide a holistic view of student success, a series of shared interactive reports were created to display trend data from multiple lens and units of analysis (student, faculty, department, etc.). A variety of measures, including academic achievement, demographics, transition between majors, and behavioral elements were included to inform decision makers of the need for potential changes to programs and initiatives targeted to the needs of students within their specific course/program/college.Discussion will also address the development of the reports using Microsoft’s PowerBI.

Room: Sharon
Resche Hines Stetson University
Angela Henderson Stetson University
Patti Sanders Stetson University

Facilitator: Janet Nickels

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 42
Bench-marking and Beyond: Use of the Delaware Cost Study data and New Directions in Institutional Improvement and Effectiveness Research

Bench-marking using the Delaware Cost Study data has facilitated productivity and cost comparisons at the discipline level for nearly two decades. The Higher Education Consortia using the cost study data has collaborated in three new projects. Two of these projects focus on projecting the number and type of faculty needed to respond to changing demands for programs and to evaluating the efficiency of resources deployed compared to data-selected peer groups. The third project addresses the 'out-of-the-classroom' activity of faculty and seeks a thorough understanding of faculty engagement in scholarship and public service. This effort, the Faculty Activity Trifecta (FACT) study will allow institutions to analyze this activity at the discipline-level . Feedback from SAIR members will be solicited.

Room: Trade
Tom Eleuterio University of Delaware

Facilitator: Robert Talley

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 43
A Model for Conducting an On-Going Retention Study

Identifying and understanding the differences in the students your university retains versus the students your university does not retain is paramount for university administrators in planning and programming. Elon University is conducting a study to look at many variables, demographics and more,in order to take a close look at the students we do not retain. We are building an ongoing model to add datasets to this study each year after fall enrollment is set. We will discuss our approach and show our findings in visual representation.

Room: Kings
Rhonda Belton Elon University

Facilitator: Calvin Piston

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 35
Racing Faster: A Needs Assessment for Developing IR Professionals

Institutional research is a profession with a Code of Ethics that charges us with we are responsible for educating the next generation of IR professionals. Opportunities for professional development abound but how many opportunities are truly targeted to institutional researchers and can provide the solid foundation needed to sustain the profession? This interactive session will inventory current training opportunities for IR practitioners and leaders, including best practices, and explore the viability of creating new avenues for education.

Room: Grand Ballroom B
Sandi Bramblett Georgia Institute of Technology

Facilitator: Edward Siegel

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 45
Is There a Gendered Path to Tenure? An Analysis of the Postsecondary Faculty Career Path

With a focus on possible gender differences, this study examines individual, institutional, and early employment factors that contribute to career paths of those who enter postsecondary academic appointments. Findings showed some noteworthy differences by gender including lower salary and longer time to degree for women, but overall results indicate no strong evidence of a gendered path to tenure during the first decade after degree completion. Implications for policy and planning are discussed.

Room: Grand Ballroom A
Karen Webber University of Georgia
Manuel Gonzalez Canche University of Georgia

Facilitator: James Purcell

Sponsor Session / Work Share

Session 44
Using SREB Resources in Institutional Research and Planning

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is one of four regional education compacts in the U.S. Founded in 1948, SREB works with 16 member states to improve public education at all levels. The SREB office of Data Services provides comparative data to state leaders and higher education policymakers on postsecondary education trends. Data Services works with state coordinating and governing boards to collect data for the SREB-State Data Exchange and Indicators Report. The office also compiles data on all 50 states from a variety of sources and produces the bi-annual Fact Book. This presentation will include highlights of the annual Indicators Report and updates to the Fact Book tables. It will also focus on how institutional research and planning professionals can use the data made available on the SREB website for benchmarking and strategic planning.

Room: Queens
Susan Campbell Lounsbury Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Facilitator: Sara Gravitt

Sponsor Session / Software Demonstration

Session 47
General Education and Student Artifact Assessment - Xitracs

The new Xitracs Assessment module was designed to address the State demands for assessment of student work by semester and report rubric scores against specified outcomes, often Gen Ed or Agency. Following customer guidance, development continued providing course assessment functionality. With this feature, teaching faculty can easily enter Met, Not Met and Exceeded counts for mapped general or program outcomes which have been mapped to a course. For institutions using the Blackboard® or Canvas LMS, integration is available to select the data from gradebook columns and generate assessment reports. The session will discuss processes and demonstrate Xitracs functionality.

Room: Brevard
Howard Taylor

Facilitator: Mary Sapp

Technology / Paper

Session 37
The Best of Both Worlds: Merging in-class and Electronic Course Evaluations

Radford University has completed a two-year pilot study regarding transitioning from paper-based course evaluations to electronic evaluations. Faculty concerns regarding response rates, quality of comments, and faculty control led us to create a unique in-class electronic course evaluation that mimics the paper-based process. Having students complete the evaluation in class alleviated faculty concerns while using an electronic system has reduced paper waste and time spent processing evaluations. This session will discuss the process of creating an in-class electronic course evaluation system, results regarding response rates and quality of comments, and results of faculty attitudes towards the electronic in-class system.

Room: Tryon North
Melanie Fox Radford University
Sandra Baker Radford University
Sarah Strout Radford University

Facilitator: Steven Merritt

Sessions: 11

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