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SAIR Conference Program 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
8:30 am to 9:15 am

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 33
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: Elm Fork II
Divya Bhati College of Charleston
Karin Roof College of Charleston
Cara Dombroski College of Charleston
Joshua Bloodworth College of Charleston

Facilitator: Christine Ross Hampden-Sydney College

Assessment / Paper

Session 27
Garbage In, Garbage Out: Selling Faculty on Course-Level Outcomes Reporting

With an increased focus (from various parties) on accountability for student learning at all levels, the time is right to begin examining ways to remain ahead of the assessment curve—especially for the purposes of SACSCOC. Any effort to measure and report on student learning is inherently dependent on faculty cooperation and effort. This presentation will discuss how assessment professionals can best engage faculty in this process to assure high quality, meaningful outcomes reporting. From designing outcomes to making us of aggregated data, tips will be shared on increasing both compliance and quality of course-level outcomes data.

Room: Bur Oak
Will Miller Campus Labs

Facilitator: Jonathan Poon University of South Carolina

Assessment / Roundtable

Session 28
Optimizing Your Data Collection Methods Through The Utilization Of New Technologies And Appropriate Web-Based Applications

Accurate and representative data collection is essential to maintaining the integrity of research, making informed decisions and ensuring quality assurance. A powerful and very easy-to-use professional data collection tool that enables IR professionals to gather high quality data is a must. Surveys are one of the primary instruments of collecting data. As technology continues to change, and new generations of students and other clients arrive to campus, so does data collection. Web-based research tools are here to stay. Online surveys are a convenient way for institutional researchers and assessment staff to collect data, and transform the data into information to support managerial decision making. In order collect data effectively, one must know the advantages and disadvantages of these online tools. The presenter will provide an overview of the best online survey applications in the market that can optimize data collection and utilize new technologies to to build well-designed questionnaire, and also shares his expertise in using some of them such as Qualtrics, Survey Monkey, Perseus, and others.

Room: Post Oak
Jamil Ibrahim University of Mississippi Medical Center

Facilitator: Craig Rudick University of Kentucky

Community College / Work Share

Session 29
Planning and Implementing a Research Institute - Growing Institutional Researchers for the Future

This session will address the high turnover rate experienced by institutional research departments within a very large multi-institution community college district. In response, research leaders created a professional development institute to train potential new researchers from within the institutions. The Institutional Research Institute was implemented over a two-year period and increased interest in the career of institutional research. The presenters will (1) discuss the initial steps in recognition of the turnover problem, (2) the development of the institute curriculum using a formal planning system, (3) and review the curriculum the response of the participants to this seven month long program.

Room: Red Oak
Michael Dennehy Brookhaven College
Teresa Isbell El Centro College

Facilitator: Emily Campbell Louisiana Community & Technical College System

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 30
Helping the Student to Become the Master

Internships are high impact practices that facilitate student learning and development. Such experiences afford students opportunities to apply knowledge and skills gained in academic programs as well as develop professional attributes needed in any workplace. Recently, our campus institutional research office offered on-campus internship experiences to undergraduate students affording them the opportunity to apply their statistical knowledge and to learn data management and presentation skills. During this session, presenters will share the structure of the internship including the learning contract and project summaries and will evaluate the intern experience, including the advantages and challenges of mentoring an undergraduate researcher.

Room: Live Oak I
Katie Busby University of Mississippi
Margaret Walden University of Mississippi

Facilitator: Lauren Schoenheit North Carolina State University

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 32
A predictive model for low performance students

The academic performance of students is important for student success in colleges or universities. To improve the performance, we create a predictive model to forecast student's GPA after evaluating several algorithms. This predictive model enables us to first, identify the low performance students before the semester finishes so we can separate the students by clusters and create diverse strategies for diverse groups; and second, to research the patterns of the low performance students so we could better understand the factors that contribute to their performance.

Room: Elm Fork I
Fangyu Du University of North Texas at Dallas
Sam Shi University of North Texas at Dallas

Facilitator: Carol Yin LaGrange College

Planning / Work Share

Session 31
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: Live Oak V
Laura Mills Armstrong State University
Kylie Moore Armstrong State University

Facilitator: Robert Ricks UNC-Chapel Hill

Planning / Paper

Session 35
Set up measurable goals in benchmarking instructional productivity and expenditures

Benchmarking provides guidance for decision makers to set up goals for continuing improvement. Using a data envelopment analysis (DEA) approach, we benchmark individual programs with their most efficient peers at the disciplinary level in terms of their allocation of faculty resources and instructional expenditures. For each program, DEA yields an efficiency number indicating its distance from its most efficient peers and a data-driven optimal solution. A case study shows how DEA results illuminate specific, achievable and measurable goals for enhancing the teaching productivity based on the given resources.

Room: West Fork II
Ti Yan University of Delaware

Facilitator: Sally Mueller University of Tennessee

Sponsor Session /

Session 34
Learn how to benchmark your institution against your peers with U.S. News Academic Insights!

U.S. News Academic Insights is the top peer benchmarking and performance assessment tool in Higher Education. Containing unpublished rankings and data, Academic Insights allows college, university and graduate school administrators the ability to create custom peer groups and compare their relative performance to that of others. Data can be visualized using Academic Insights unique data presentations or exported as reports or in raw form. Institutional Research professionals can access the Download Center to export large data sets. This session will show IR professionals how to use Academic Insights for benchmarking and reporting to Senior Leadership.

Room: West Fork I
Cale Gosnell U.S. News Academic Insights

Facilitator: Jayne Perkins-Brown Georgia Southern University

Technology / Software Demonstration

Session 36
Using Tableau Public To Create Interactive Data Visualizations To Enhance Your IR Website

This presentation will explore the use of Tableau Public to create great interactive dashboards that gives users access to more data along with the ability to download this data and to also share it with others.

Room: Trinity Central
Carolyn Ortiz Fayetteville State University

Facilitator: Yan Zhou University of Oklahoma

Sessions: 10

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