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SAIR Proposal

SAIR Conference Program 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
10:45 am to 11:30 am

Assessment / Paper

Session 53
Critical evaluation of student success: A path analysis

Research has shown that there is a significant gap between the skills college graduates are assessed on and what employers want. The Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) has been developed to address this issue. A path analysis was developed to examine senior studentsí performance on the CLA+ and, as well, measure the degree to which studentsí performance-- measured by their college GPA--predicts their CLA+ scores. Additionally, transfer and non-transfer studentsí performances on the CLA+ were compared and found that race, gender, and parental education level had no effects on transfer studentsí CLA+ performance.

Room: Elm Fork II
Roofia Galeshi Radford University
Jinghong Cai Ohio University
Ebenezer F. Kolajo Radford University
Jinjushang Chen Florida State University

Facilitator: Larry Mayes UNC Greensboro

Community College / Paper

Session 49
The Remedial Math Process: Age and Other Factors Affecting Attrition Among Students in Community Colleges

This presentation will focus upon the methodology, results and implications for practice of a recent statewide study of remedial math education outcomes. The study sought to understand the points at which students fail to progress within the remedial math process, and to statistically model the pre- and post-college entry predictors of that attrition among first-time, associate degree-seeking students referred to remedial math in ten community colleges in Louisiana. Multiple logistic regression analysis was utilized to answer the research questions.

Room: Red Oak
Emily Campbell Louisiana Community & Technical College System

Facilitator: Laura Wilkins SOWELA Technical Community College

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 50
Supporting Strategic Planning in Survey Research: A Participatory Approach

The study highlights a participatory approach in exit survey research to examine, among other things, academic advising and its associate with time-to-degree. The presentation will illustrates how to (1) engage stakeholders in item development, data analysis, and reporting to increase stakeholder buy-in and use of survey results and (2) apply statistical methods in analyzing survey data to identify student characteristics that are conducive to successful college experience and timely graduation. The techniques can be applied in other settings to maximize collaboration between institutional research office and various units on campus and promote data-based decision making and strategic planning.

Room: Live Oak I
Zhicheng Zhang George Mason University

Facilitator: Melanie Suzanne Simpson The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 51
Early Career Doctorates in Academia: Characteristics, Contexts, and Career Paths

This session presents results from the 2015 pilot of the NSF Early Career Doctorates Survey. Unique in scope, this survey substantially enhances national data on postdoctoral appointments, junior faculty, and other doctorate-level researchers in the United States. Topics include demographic characteristics, positional analysis, foreign degrees, professional activities and achievements, mentoring and supervisor relations, shifts in career goals, and future career plans.

Room: Live Oak V
Peter Einaudi RTI International
Kelly Phou NSF National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics

Facilitator: Karen Webber University of Georgia

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 52
Practical Application of the Duties & Functions of Institutional Research

Institutional research is an evolving field and IR professionals are currently involved in the process of defining institutional research as a profession and a critical function in higher education. The recently developed Duties and Functions of Institutional Research clearly and concisely identifies the areas necessary for an effective institutional research function in an institution, system, or organization. Defining these core functions further professionalizes the field and allows practitioners of IR to highlight their value within their organizational structure. This session will explore the Duties & Functions of Institutional Research and provide ways to practically apply them in higher education.

Room: Elm Fork I
Gina Johnson Association for Institutional Research
Eric Atchison Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning in Mississippi


Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 55
Performance of Logistic Regression, Decision Trees, and Artificial Neural Network models to predict the undergraduate student retention

The Office of Institutional Research at the University of Alabama uses SAS Enterprise Miner to develop the undergraduate student retention models. This presentation will demonstrate the methods of building Logistic Regression, Decision Tree, and Artificial Neural Network models that generate the individual studentsí probability of not returning to the school in next session. We will also explore the data transformation, imputation, replacement, variable selection and other major procedures inside SAS Enterprise Miner that we follow to construct the best performing predictive models.

Room: West Fork II
Anup KC The University of Alabama
Alicia Weaver The University of Alabama

Facilitator: Nareiko Stephens Jefferson State Community College

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 48
Evolving Conditions and the Future of Institutional Research

In various dimensions of international culture, including higher education, there has never been greater demand than now for information and analyses. As higher education and the operation of postsecondary institutions continue to evolve, institutional research correspondingly continues to change, as well. The purpose of this session is to focus upon impending changes in how institutional research will be conducted in the future and how institutional researchers must proactively assess, plan, and adapt to meeting the changing needs for information and analyses in postsecondary education.

Room: Post Oak
Glenn W. James Tennessee Tech University

Facilitator: Susan Lounsbury Southern Regional Education Board

Planning / Paper

Session 56
The impact of Open Education Resources on student outcomes and instructional cost

Open education resources is a new movement in higher education where students are not asked to buy specific textbooks, but instead are guided toward online resources which support instruction. OER resource are often closely aligned with course objectives and come at little or not cost. Research on the impact of OER on student learning and cost savings in textbooks for students will be shared.

Room: Trinity Central
Jim Purcell Alabama Commission on Higher Education
Amanda Kin Jefferson State Community College
Ron Leonard Network of Alabama Academic Libraries
Heather Wietlisbach University of Alabama

Facilitator: Donald Boeckman Louisiana Board of Regents

Sponsor Session /

Session 54
Qlik and Auburn University: Building enterprise analytics from the ground up

Auburn University partnered with Qlik in 2016 to begin its first foray into self-service, visual analytics at the enterprise level. Qlik was chosen because of its ability to combine institutional data with departmental data in a governed environment, and provide it through an industry-leading visual analytics tool that is scalable to Auburnís growing needs. Qlikís technology allows Auburn to manage data collection centrally and then easily make that data available to units across campus through highly customizable applications. Units create and modify their applications to best serve their needs, with the option of publishing those applications out to the institution, or the public. This session will show how Qlikís ease of use is enabling Auburnís Office of Institutional Research to rethink how data is presented on the web. Auburn is learning that Qlikís ease of use can remove the need for specialized programmers and web developers to update its website each semester, while also creating a better experience for the end user. The session will also include a demonstration of the many visualizations possible in Qlik, and its showcase features like GeoAnalytics.

Room: West Fork I
Trey Meadows Qlik
Brian Newsome Qlik
Angie Lane Auburn University

Facilitator: Matthew Campbell Auburn University

Technology / Work Share

Session 47
Lessons from Users: How to Improve Visualizations by Watching and Listening

An IR office at a large public research institution conducted individualized user testing on a set of dynamic analytic visualizations intended to replace a static Factbook. This session will explain the scope of the project and use screenshots and user feedback to demonstrate how the visualizations evolved after user feedback, and give recommendations for IR professionals who want to use visualizations in their own practice.

Room: Bur Oak
Nancy D Floyd NC State University
Suzanne Crockett NC State University
Andrea T Lewton NC State University
Andrea DeSantis NC State University

Facilitator: Susannah Livingood University of Oklahoma

Sessions: 10

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