Charlotte, North Carolina October 8-11, 2016




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SAIR Proposal

SAIR Conference Program 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Accreditation / Paper

Session 48
A Case Study: Quality Reassurance through the QEP Process

Since 2004-2005, SACSCOC required institutions to implement a Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) as part of reaffirmation. Based on stakeholders’ perceptions at two community colleges, juxtaposed with the QEP proposal and QEP Impact Report, this session discusses the findings of a case study that investigated the connection of quality assurance systems (accountability, accreditation, and assessment) to the QEP process and its influence on student learning and the institutional environment. The presenter will discuss how the QEP process can provide a level of quality reassurance for institutions. The presenter’s recommendations will help institutions maximize their QEP’s potential and other institutional academic initiatives.

Room: Tryon North
Barbara J. Rodriguez Broward College

Facilitator: John Barnshaw

Assessment / Work Share

Session 49
Multi-Year Collaborative Cross-Campus Assessment Plan Feedback

This work share expounds upon utilizing cross-campus partnerships in order to improve upon the assessment practices currently in place leading up to the campus’ fifth-year accreditation review. Assessment professionals held one-on-one feedback sessions with program content experts in order to provide the individuals who wrote the plans with specific, timely, and relevant program assessment plan feedback. Additionally, this process’ direct feedback enabled assessment plan creators to have a more in-depth understanding of the assessment process and how it directly benefits academic departments as opposed to being perceived as a requirement imposed by external stakeholders.

Room: Tryon South
Kimberly Young Walker University of South Carolina-Columbia

Facilitator: Michael Leitson

Assessment / Panel

Session 50
Faculty Take the Wheel: Assessment Education and the Road to Data-driven Decisions

This panel addresses the issue of faculty buy-in to an innovative assessment program. Many institutions struggle with creating a culture of data-driven decisions. This panel discusses assessment processes and resources to increase faculty buy-in, empower them to collect and analyze data for decision-making, and educate them on demonstrating use of results for continuous improvement. As a result, faculty will be more equipped to improve the rate at which students meet learning outcomes without compromising faculty and student interactions that fortify the foundation of deep learning. The session also highlights the importance of faculty-driven assessment efforts for reaffirmation efforts.

Room: Harris
Brittany Hunt Louisburg College
Emily Zank Louisburg College
Jim Eck Louisburg College

Facilitator: Katie Busby

Community College / Work Share

Session 51
“To Complete or Not to Complete?” An Analysis of Community College Graduation Rates by Gender and Race/Ethnicity

The national college completion goal set by President Barack Obama in 2009 has brought postsecondary graduation rates to the forefront. Graduation rates have been considered one of the most important indicators of success for postsecondary institutions. However, this assumption can be problematic for community colleges. Community colleges play an important role in the completion agenda and understanding factors that contribute to lower graduation rates are important to understand. This session presents an analysis of the graduation rates in the South Carolina Technical College System based on gender and race/ethnicity. Trends and factors that contribute to these graduation rates will be discussed.

Room: Independence
Rosline Sumpter SC Technical College System
Maria Butkus SC Techncial College System

Facilitator: Christine Promin- Stein

Institutional Research / Panel

Session 52
Newcomers' Workshop Class of 2009: Investing Wisely

This session can be conceptualized as a continuation of the Newcomer’s workshop but is geared toward any individuals who are fairly new in their careers in Institutional Research. All four presenters began their careers in Institutional Research in 2009 and all attended their first SAIR and first newcomer’s workshop at the 2009 SAIR Conference in Dallas. The presenters, now with more than twenty years of experience between them, will share their most valuable advice and experiences regarding institutional research and effectiveness, higher education in general, and the various paths which their careers have taken. The presenters will encourage group discussion and will answer any questions the audience may have based on their unique Institutional Research experiences.

Room: Sharon
Eric Atchison Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning
Abby Willcox Florida SouthWestern State College
Greg Ohlenforst University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Emily Campbell Louisiana Community & Technical College System

Facilitator: Laura Mills

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 53
Does Your IR Need IM? Strategies and Tools for Effective Information Management

Institutional Researchers are increasingly becoming information managers with huge volumes of data, reports, and requests. How can we be expected to manage it all? Who are the right individuals for the task? This session will include demonstrations and discussion of information management techniques used to analyze, organize, maintain, and ultimately present information.

Room: Trade
Matthew Earhart Florida State University
Richard Burnette Florida State University

Facilitator: Christine Kraft

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 55
Selecting Peer Institutions using Cluster Analysis

In order to create a more objective method for choosing institutional peers, a cluster analysis within SAS was used to group institutions by various outcome characteristics such as enrollment, six-year graduation rate, total core revenues, instructional costs, and tuition.The analysis placed schools into similar trait clusters, and the target institution was compared against peers within each cluster.

Room: Queens
Andrew L. Luna University of North Alabama

Facilitator: Amy Barmer

Institutional Research / Software Demonstration

Session 56
Modernizing IR: Empowering Users with Interactive Reports

The Office of Institutional Research and Data Management at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) is building a new campus wide data warehouse to provide a single source for historical data. This presentation demonstrates how using this data and SAS® Visual Analytics, TWU is able to quickly design, create and disseminate reports related to students, faculty, courses, degrees, and more. It also showcases how they can easily distribute these interactive and meaningful dashboards via the web, or through mobile devices. Thus, administrators are now armed with essential information and can make data-informed decisions, whenever or wherever needed.

Room: Grand Ballroom A
Tracy Stegmair Texas Woman's University

Facilitator: Jill Triplett

Sponsor Session / Software Demonstration

Session 54
The Data is Dark and Full of Opportunity: What Institutional Researchers can learn from Game of Thrones

Consolidating disparate data in support of student success initiatives can be like bringing together warring factions. This presentation will compare and contrast two effective approaches to student success research through the lens of the television series, Game of Thrones. The approach at Georgia State University, on the one hand, is like that of Jon Snow. At GSU a dedicated ‘data-wrangler’ is able to effectively and responsively bring together groups of unlikely data/heroes to find answers to questions from university leadership in support of decision-making about student success programs. At Appalachian State University, on the other hand, a comprehensive, self-service data warehouse puts data directly in the hands of institutional leaders. Like Daenerys Targaryen, the success of ASU’s approach has come as a result of formal alliances in the form of strong data governance…and dragons. In seeing these two different approaches side by side, audience members will learn about some of the complexities and opportunities that each afford, and gain valuable insights that will help them keep the white walkers at bay.

Room: Kings
Rachel Serrano

Facilitator: Bethany Bodo

Sponsor Session / Software Demonstration

Session 58
5 Keys to Effective Assessments and Higher Response Rates in Course Evaluations

Achieving high response rates is a pain point for many institutions and a key component of effective assessment. For assessment to be productive it has to be based on complete and accurate data, otherwise decisions may not be valid. The focus of this session is how to raise feedback engagement through course evaluations and surveys to increase response rates and yield significant, high quality data. Having this body of reliable data will enable analysis and guide institutional decision-making in a variety of ways (benchmarking, accreditation, continuous improvement, innovation, etc.).

Room: Brevard
Chris Patrick

Facilitator: Matthew Campbell

Technology / Work Share

Session 57
You don’t know what a good spreadsheet you have until you clean it: Cleaning and refining your Excel spreadsheet

Even with the best intentions sometimes an Excel spreadsheet can go astray with too many tabs, too much manual input, and no organization. Cleaning and refining can help turn a clunky spreadsheet into a well-oiled machine. Using a recent overhaul of a master spreadsheet for Performance Based Funding as an example, this presentation will cover tips to clean up an unwieldy Excel spreadsheet and make it more user-friendly and reduce time and error.

Room: Grand Ballroom B
Jennifer Nabors State University System of Florida Board of Governors

Facilitator: Donna Hutcheson

Sessions: 11

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