Charlotte, North Carolina October 8-11, 2016




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SAIR Conference Program 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Assessment / Panel

Session 22
From the Death Star to Little House on the Prairie: Strategies to Collaborate With not Dictate to Your Campus Community

On many campuses, the Institutional Effectiveness or Institutional Assessment Office may have a negative reputation since faculty see the demands as irrelevant and burdensome, and the pushback or lack of cooperation can be discouraging. However, there are engagement opportunities and strategies that can help bridge the gap. When your instinct is to run for cover, you can still reach out and collaborate to implement change in your campus community. While it is not easy, this session will introduce some strategies and ideas that help to successfully build a culture of improvement on your campus.

Room: Tryon North
Suzanne Simpson The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Ginny Cockerill The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jennifer Moore Mississippi University for Women

Facilitator: Sean Kerins

Assessment / Work Share

Session 60
Best Practices in Assessing Co-Curricular Units

Yes, we assess, but….? While co-curricular units usually conduct assessments, they are often unsure of what assessment data is needed to document compliance with SACSCOC principles for which they are accountable. In this session participants will gain an understanding of the types of assessment data units need to document compliance with standards and and the absolute necessity of engaging in mature cycles of assessment that lead toward ongoing improvements. Discussion of assessment processes and examples of assessment design templates, unit assessment activities, and completion of mature assessment cycles will be shared.

Room: Tryon South
William Wheeler Liberty University
Robert Talley Liberty University
Dawn Brown Liberty University

Facilitator: Wickes Westcott

Assessment / Work Share

Session 61
Engaging the Campus: Devising Effective Course Evaluation Campaigns

While online course evaluations enjoy increasingly widespread use among colleges and universities, their capacity to attract strong participation has inspired much debate among educators. Recognizing that high response rates are foundational to the success of any course evaluation process—whether paper or digital—this session will offer innovative strategies for achieving strong participation. Focusing on Spelman College’s recent experience in transitioning from paper to online evaluation administration, this session will offer perspectives from institutional research professionals on devising an effective campus engagement campaign, including strategies for maximizing response rates and faculty engagement through implementation and beyond.

Room: Harris
Sharmyne Evans Spelman College
Kisha Allen Spelman College

Facilitator: Craig Rudick

Community College / Paper

Session 62
The Propensity to Enroll in a Career and Technical Education Program at a Community College

Researchers have examined the propensity to complete undergraduate programs comparing students who first enroll in two year colleges to students who first enroll at four year colleges (Attewell,Heil,& Reisel,2011). However, community colleges serve multiple missions and support students' progression and completion through different pathways. Two major pathways are the workforce preparation(terminal degree)career and technical education pathway and the (transfer preparation) college transfer pathway. Using propensity score matching this study will examine the factors related to the decision or propensity to enroll in a career and technical education program. Prior to matching, this paper analyzes to what extent career & technical education students differ on key factors as compared to college transfer students. After propensity matching, academic outcomes are compared across the two groups to determine the academic impact of pursuing a career and technical education program. Implications of the study and strategies for effectively supporting career and technical education students in a community college environment will be discussed.

Room: Independence
Bobbie Frye Central Piedmont Community College

Facilitator: Emily Campbell

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 65
Reducing Summer Melt

"Summer Melt" is the phenomena of when academically successful students have been accepted into an institution of higher learning and decide not to enroll. Anywhere from 10 to 40 percent of students from presumed to be headed to college fail to matriculate at any postsecondary institution in the fall following high school. Characteristics of applicants most-likely to fall victim to summer melt are identified and interventions and their effectiveness are shared.

Room: Kings
Jim Purcell Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner
David Villegas College Crusade of Rhode Island

Facilitator: Denise Gardner

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 82
Undertaking True Peer Institution Identification

The goal of identifying peer institutions is to allow for meaningful benchmarking with others. Unfortunately, the process of identifying peer institutions can become quite political on college campuses. In this workshop, participants will walk through the process of conducting an objective peer identification study involving the entire campus community. From deciding which variables matter to seeking out ways to access requisite data on other schools, we will work with sample cases and our own institutions. Participants will leave with an increased understanding of the value of peer benchmarking and navigating the waters to assure a truly objective process.

Room: Sharon
Will Miller Flagler College

Facilitator: Beenah Moshay

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 66
Exploring latent factors preventing success among students statistically predicted to graduate: an institutional case study

This presentation explores whether non-cognitive factors and student body (demographic?) characteristics negatively affect the student graduation results predicted by qualifications-based statistical modeling at a high-research activity national liberal arts university. While the modeling is highly accurate in predicting graduates, it is less accurate in identifying non-completers. Follow-up research leads the researcher to explore non-cognitive factors which might be used by the university staff to locate at-risk individuals and provide intervention as early as possible.

Room: Queens
Eric Liu College of William and Mary

Facilitator: Mary Elkins

Planning / Work Share

Session 67
An Eye to the Horizon: An Environmental Scan to Support Strategic Enrollment Management Planning

Environmental scans allow institutions to plan effectively for the future taking into consideration internal and external opportunities and threats. A daunting task, environmental scans must be broad enough to cover all possible areas of influence yet narrow enough to be manageable and usable. Last summer our office undertook an environmental scan for the institution and learned about some valuable data sources and important lessons.

Room: Grand Ballroom A
Laura Mills Armstrong State University
Kylie Moore Armstrong State University

Facilitator: Aijun Anna Li

Sponsor Session / Software Demonstration

Session 64
Integrating Course and Adjunct Faculty Evaluations to Improve Student Classroom Experiences

In a search to leverage existing information and administrative processes to improve student classroom experiences, the Panel will review current uses of student evaluations of instruction results (including first-time on-line implementation); adjunct faculty evaluation results, and then describe how to bring these results out of their “silos” and integrate them during the selection of adjunct faculty for courses assignment during the contract process using a new IOTA|360 application.

Room: Trade
Lloyd Byrd

Facilitator: Julie Proctor

Sponsor Session / Software Demonstration

Session 68
To IR and Beyond: A system of institutional assessment that supports Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness

The re-visioning of Samford University’s office of Institutional Effectiveness reimagined the collaboration of Institutional Research and Effectiveness experts to build a better institutional assessment system. The expanding role of Institutional Research is evolving toward an amalgam of data skills, strategic planning, outcomes assessment, and advocacy improvement. This session will explain how Samford reorganized across disciplines, academic units, and non-academic units within the institution to foster a culture of collaboration and shared responsibility for assessment. Learn how Samford leveraged Taskstream to complete transitions and reorganization of historical assessments, annual reviews, academic program reviews, and strategic planning and accreditation self-studies. In addition, learn how new standards for data governance were established and reinforced. These actions connected information users with information they needed for data driven decisions and, rather than simply providing units with data, the institutional assessment plan proactively supports transformation and change for the future.

Room: Grand Ballroom B
Katrina Mintz Stamford University
Ben Coulter Taskstream

Facilitator: Kelly McMurray

Technology / Work Share

Session 69
Providing Interactive and Easy to Understand Reports: Data Visualization with Tableau

The importance of data visualization in reporting is nothing new, but it has become a larger topic of discussion in recent years. This presentation will provide an illustration of how Tableau is being implemented for data visualization and providing easy to understand reports to members of a university community. As our office has transitioned from Pivot Tables in MS Excel to Tableau we have seen an increase in use of our self-service tools. Some tips and tricks for not only using Tableau but also in how to handle the transition on a large campus will be shared along with examples of 3 different interactive dashboards representing areas such as student enrollment, faculty and staff data, and retention and graduation rates.

Room: Brevard
G Marc Turner Texas State University

Facilitator: Sharmyne Evans

Sessions: 11

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