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SAIR Conference Program 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 61
Constructing a Long-Term Approach to Planning, Assessment, and Data Management for Regional Accreditation (5th or 10th year) Reaffirmation.

An in depth conversation of the "Pros and Cons" of developing and implementing an Electronic Assessment System (EAS). EAS is critical to the success of an institution’s reaffirmation process and continuous improvement efforts. For an institution to show compliance with the Core and Comprehensive Standards, it is important to effectively implement a campus-wide EAS. This session will focus on the development and implementation of a campus–wide EAS with an emphasis on documentation management.

Room: Live Oak V
Lauren Lopez Clark Atlanta University

Facilitator: Sabrina Andrews University of South Carolina

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 59
“The Profits and Perils of University-Based Interactive Dashboards”

More than simply sharing basic pros and cons of dashboards, this work share session will provide tools, testimonies, and training on how to ensure your institution's data end-user is properly equipped to interpret the data correctly. Additionally, if your institution is entering a process of data democratization, it is critical for the university's overall health that every department and individual understands the data in a similar vein.

Room: Red Oak
Marcus Brewer University of North Georgia

Facilitator: Linda Sullivan University Of Central Florida

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 60
Student 54, Where Are You? The Challenges of Improving Student Retention

This presentation focuses on retention at a small private college in Georgia. The process by which institutional data was used to identify students who are at high-risk for leaving will be discussed. Using complex data and sharing it with the appropriate groups on campus can bring its own set of challenges. Data such as grades, writing/tutoring center visits, academic progress rates, admission data, and early alert information were considered. Our presentation will review these data and end by describing where we are now in the process and how we hope to refine our continuing work in this area.

Room: Live Oak I
Carol Yin LaGrange College
Karen Aubrey LaGrange College

Facilitator: Bethany Chapman University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Institutional Research / Special Interest

Session 62
Building a data warehouse at a small university: Creating a culture of warehousing and governance

Presenters built an IR data warehouse at a small university, with the goals of improving speed and accuracy of IR reporting. Challenges included financial and personnel resources, and an anemic culture of data-driven decision making.

Room: Elm Fork I
Michael Gibbons Middle Georgia State University
Andy Clark Deloitte Consulting

Facilitator: Barrie Fitzgerald Valdosta State University

Institutional Research / Panel

Session 64
Institutional Researchers as Trainers, Coaches, and Educators

Institutional researchers wear many hats in their work. Traditionally viewed as stewards of data; collectors, analysts, and reporters of data and information; and evaluators of programs and functions, some IR practitioners have ventured into the realm of training, coaching, and educating producers, users, and consumers of data in their organization. This session will explore the role of institutional researcher as trainer, coach, and educator, providing specific examples from a variety of institutions. In addition to sharing practical application of this function of institutional research, panelists will explore its role in the overall function of institutional research in an organization.

Room: West Fork I
Gina Johnson Association for Institutional Research
Linda Sullivan University of Central Florida
Sandra Bramblett Georgia Institute of Technology
Sara Gravitt Wake Forest University


Institutional Research / Paper

Session 58
Mobile Devices Usage in Higher Education to Support Learning: Students’ Perspectives

There is no doubt that advances in technology continue to have a great impact on the way faculty, and other campus community (including decision makers, institutional researchers (IR) and assessment professionals (AP) interact with learners. Opportunities and challenges are emerging for all of these groups and institutions from the increasing availability of low-cost mobile devices and associated infrastructures. The aim of this research was to measure how online and traditional students perceive mobile usage in the classroom, the types of mobile devices they own or use, and other learning activities. During the 2016-2017 academic year, the survey was administered online using the data collection tool, Qualtrics. This paper reports the findings of this study and concludes with the pros and cons of using mobile technologies in the classroom. It also offers recommendations on the best practices of incorporating mobile devices in learning environments.

Room: Post Oak
Jamil Ibrahim University of Mississippi Medical Center

Facilitator: Susan Moreno University of Houston

Institutional Research / Panel

Session 63
Newcomers' Workshop Class of 2009: For the Win (FTW)

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 successes (“wins”) in the field of Institutional Research, 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: Elm Fork II
Greg Ohlenforst University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Abby Willcox University of North Florida
Eric Atchison Mississippi Public Universities
Emily Campbell Louisiana Community & Technical College System


Planning / Paper

Session 57
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: Bur Oak
Will Miller Campus Labs

Facilitator: Somer Givens Troy University

Sponsor Session /

Session 66
Sticking to Our Principles: Outcomes Assessment

One of the most cited items in SACSCOC's Principles of Accreditation is Outcomes Assessment. In this session, we'll showcase the model that Jefferson State Community College uses to assess outcomes of instructional units. We'll share the template we use for outcomes assessment and explore how best to complete the template to address each part of the standard. Jefferson State's office of Institutional Effectiveness employs Class Climate to collect and display assessment data on this template. We'll also explore examples of assessment design, administration, and data. Finally, we will look at assessment cycles, assessment review processes, and best practices.

Room: Trinity Central
Amanda Kin Jefferson State Community College

Facilitator: Maren Hess Campbell University

Technology / Software Demonstration

Session 65
Using SAS Visual Analytics to Assess Performance on Strategic Metrics

A public, 4-year, research institution acquired SAS Visual Analytics (VA) to support the institution’s strategic planning process. SAS VA is an analytic tool that provides users the ability to create interactive reports and data visualizations at the university, unit, and academic program levels. This session will include a live demonstration of the interactive reports created within SAS VA. The presenters will share with the audience best practices for creating data visualizations. The presenters will also share the process of deploying data visualizations university-wide and the automation plan developed to maintain current data within the reports.

Room: West Fork II
Becky Patterson University of Louisville
Robert (Bob) Goldstein University of Louisville

Facilitator: Michael Hadley Methodist University

Sessions: 10

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