Charlotte, North Carolina October 8-11, 2016




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SAIR Conference Program 2016
Monday, October 10, 2016
4:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 70
Investing in the Future: Building Focused Pathways for Broad-Based Involvement in Reaffirmation

The decennial reaffirmation of accreditation is a major undertaking for any institution and can appear enormously daunting. This session will provide guidance for managing a decentralized process with strong central leadership including its organizational structure and activities that successfully involved more than 150 individuals on campus. This widespread involvement promoted greater understanding of SACSCOC standards and building a culture of accountability. Strategies on teamwork, assignments, document management, and accountability will be discussed. The participants will leave the session with ideas on how to apply lessons learned to their own institutions.

Room: Tryon North
Divya Bhati College of Charleston
Karin W. Roof College of Charleston
Cara L. Dombroski College of Charleston
Joshua E. Bloodworth College of Charleston

Facilitator: Summer DeProw

Assessment / Work Share

Session 71
Testing Triangulation Theory: Creating an Integrated Model for Assessing Student Learning

Increased calls for accountability have resulted in collecting evidence from multiple sources using different measures. Many assert to assess the same knowledge skills and abilities such as critical thinking and written communication. However, different sources may provide conflicting data and as a result, some data may be disregarded and not considered as part of the decision making process. A holistic perspective about how one set of data is linked to another rarely occurs. The presenters will discuss the process used to engage staff in triangulating various sources of evidence and engage participants in the effective triangulation practices at their institutions.

Room: Tryon South
Christine Robinson The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
John Frederick The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Facilitator: Jessica Carroll

Assessment / Work Share

Session 72
Consulting, Advising and Educating: The role of IR professionals in program and curriculum design for effective assessment and evaluation practices for effectiveness, planning, and accreditation.

The increasing expectations/stakes of outcomes provide IR professionals opportunities to engage subject matter experts (faculty) and academic leaders in conversations on assessment and evaluation practices. The IR professional must learned to convey expertise through consulting, advising, and educating faculty and leaders. This session will discuss the application of consulting, advising, and educating at the institutional (program, department, college and institution), consortial and specialized accreditation levels.

Room: Harris
R. Joel Farrell II Air University

Facilitator: Sally Mueller

Community College / Work Share

Session 73
Online Survey Response Rates…Oh My!

In our increasing online environment, how do you increase your response rate with online surveys to make the sample relevant and useful as a face to face survey? Tips, tricks and thoughts about increasing online survey response rates.

Room: Independence
Tara Daugherty Northeast Lakeview College

Facilitator: Rosline Sumpter

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 74
Gender Identity and Institutional Research: The Experiences of Incoming Transgender College Students

What we know about trans college students is limited. The purpose of this study is to explore the experiences of nearly 700 incoming freshmen at 209 institutions who self-identified as transgender, compared to a nationally representative sample of first-time, full-time freshmen with respect to mental health, financial concerns, and engagement in activism. This descriptive analysis demonstrates the need to collect this data on our students and the need to think in a more sophisticated manner about how we operationalize these demographic variables. We highlight the importance of separating transgender identity from sex or gender identity.

Room: Sharon
Ellen Bara Stolzenberg UCLA Higher Education Research Institute
Bryce Hughes Montana State University

Facilitator: Tom Eleuterio

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 75
Faculty Workload Reporting - Past, Present, and Future

To improve our understanding and effectiveness of the business of higher education, analyses of business processes and resources are essential. We see faculty workload analysis as an iterative learning process, with past, present, and future needs. These practices are meant to help align our costs with our activity. This presentation will explore a school-level approach to faculty workload reporting and steps used for workload projections.

Room: Trade
Libby Joyce Duke University - School of Nursing
Jennifer Chamberlain Duke University - School of Nursing

Facilitator: Tienhan Ma

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 76
Bringing Structure to Data Chaos: Formalizing Data Governance at OU

Effective data governance is crucial in today's higher education environment where data are no longer centrally controlled. Those analyzing and manipulating data are at different skill levels and from varying academic disciplines. Users are excited to get data quickly and easily, but they do not know how to evaluate data quality. Data governance structures help provide quality control. This work share will explore how OU is handling this issue, from initial assessment of the problems to what we're doing to address them. Discussion and sharing of ideas from other institutions is anticipated and welcome.

Room: Kings
Susannah Livingood University of Oklahoma

Facilitator: Nareiko Stephens

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 77
College Experience and its Association with Employment Outcomes

Traditional approach to reporting employment rates for college graduates fails to provide a context that connects student engagement to employment. This study seeks to address this issue by illustrating how alumni employment status may be assessed within the context of their college experiences (e.g., experiential learning, use of career services), and in doing so, underscore the importance of connection between college education and future employment. The presentation will illustrate how statistical analyses can be conducted in survey research to identify student experiences that are conducive to employment and how to enhance institutional guidance/support to benefit all students throughout their college education.

Room: Queens
Zhicheng Zhang George Mason University

Facilitator: Mark Wiljanen

Planning / Work Share

Session 78
Is there a manual on how to write a manual? A primer on how to write one

The success of an organization often relies on processes, some that occur regularly and others that are much less frequent. A common problem occurs when these processes rely on employees who leave for other jobs, go on maternity leave, take a sabbatical, fall ill, or just forget how to do them. This is where a manual can save your organization, save time in case of an audit, and aide in training opportunities. This presentation will give the audience the background on how to write a manual, the speaker’s experience writing one, and handy tips to write their own.

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

Facilitator: Linda Sullivan

Sponsor Session / Software Demonstration

Session 79
Using Predictive and Prescriptive Analytics to Enhance Retention Efforts with IBM SPSS Solutions

With predictive analytics, institutions can derive insights about students and determine contributors to key outcomes, but it is the process putting these insights into action that may present a challenge. Aligning interventions more efficiently and cost-effectively is critical to increases in achievement when resources are scarce. What if we could not only predict who is at risk but determine the most appropriate action that should be taken? In addition, determining the costs and benefits of those actions BEFORE they are taken will make institutions more efficient and effective. Utilizing IBM SPSS Solutions, institutions have the ability to leverage multiple data sources and determine how to allocate resources to maximize interventions and resource allocation. In this session, attendees will learn about the possibilities for transforming rich, analytical insight into targeted, effective actions.

Room: Grand Ballroom B
Nicole Alioto

Facilitator: Kathleen Morley

Technology / Work Share

Session 80
From SPSS to R: The APUS Text Analytics Journey

End of course survey (EOC) feedback at American Public University System drives change while also providing evidence supporting the institution’s initiatives. After years of using SPSS for the lexical analysis of these surveys, the institution has converted R. With R, we are now able to complete the analysis in a fraction of the time it took with SPSS while delivering similar results. This presentation will provide attendees with a demonstration of the methods used to create the SPSS model as well as the current R model and how these methods can improve the analysis of survey data at other institutions.

Room: Brevard
Geoff Koch American Public University System

Facilitator: Kimberly Fath

Sessions: 11

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