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SAIR Conference Program 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
2:00 pm to 2:45 pm

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 76
Evaluating Student Achievement Outcomes (SACSCOC Federal Requirement 4.1)Part 1 of 2

The US Dept of Education and SACSCOC expect institutions to evaluate success with respect to student achievement consistent with the institution's mission. Criteria may include enrollment data; retention, graduation, course completion, and job placement rates; state licensing examinations; student portfolios; or other means of demonstrating achievement of goals. This session will provide an overview of the SACSCOC standard, discussion of criteria and evaluation methods, and ways to approach the compliance narrative. Participants will engage in small group activities to develop their abilities in identifying student achievement measures and select the most appropriate methods to set achievement targets (or benchmarks). Preparing for this standard can also assist participants in identifying and monitoring student success-related metrics in an institution’s strategic plan.

Room: Trinity Central
Lynne S. Crosby Austin Peay State University
Godfrey Fuji Noe Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges


Assessment / Work Share

Session 69
Aligning Formative Efforts With Summative Pressures: Developing an Incentive-Based Budget Metric for Academic Program Assessment

Like many institutions in higher education, Virginia Tech is currently in the process of implementing an incentive-based budget model. As part of this process, Assessment and Evaluation in the Office of Academic Decision Support has been tasked with creating a metric to evaluate academic programs’ assessment processes. This session will focus on the office’s efforts to develop a quantitative metric that does not undermine the office’s work to develop a culture of continuous improvement and provide formative feedback to programs. Specific examples, including lessons learned and challenges faced to date, will be shared.

Room: Red Oak
Jessica Deslauriers Virginia Tech
Molly Hall Virginia Tech
Bethany Bodo Virginia Tech

Facilitator: Patricia Ramsey University of Central Florida

Assessment / Work Share

Session 71
Analyzing Academic Progress to Degree Completion

In this session, we will share strategies of using data for ensuring student success through to graduation: (1) conducting degree audits and advising students, (2) tracking academic program student progress (course success, entry/exit points, course completion, etc.), (3) determining Pass/Fail and Withdrawal rates by course to identify “at-risk courses” were targeted support services can be provided, and (4) creating future strategies for student success.

Room: Live Oak V
Rene Cintron Louisiana Community and Technical College System
Erica Hughes Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Facilitator: Meaghann Wheelis Baylor University

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 67
Giving alumni response rates a boost

This presentation will focus on improvements made in annual alumni survey distribution methods to increase response rates. Prior to 2014, survey response rates peaked at 14% overall and 20% for recent graduates. Since 2014, new methods are utilized, evaluated, amended, and re-evaluated yearly. The survey response rate is now over 20% overall and 32% for recent graduates. By increasing the response rate we can disaggregate results into meaningful units for departments and stakeholders. This session will present the following ideas and practices: department specific/personalized invitations, incentive drawing, call center involvement, and post-card distribution in addition to traditional methods.

Room: Bur Oak
Elicia Charlesworth Liberty University

Facilitator: Katherine Scheuch Florida A&M University

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 68
Making Forecasts: The Time-Series Decomposition Method

The presenter will show how to produce time-series forecasts by breaking historical data into trend, seasonal, and cyclical components. Using community college enrollment data for demonstration purposes, this session will offer an in-depth look at this particular forecasting method, which could be applied to a variety of other types of college-related data (applications, finance, etc.). Additionally, the session will provide a more general review of prediction model evaluation and testing.

Room: Post Oak
Rion McDonald University of North Texas

Facilitator: Chiwaraidzo Judith Nyabando University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Institutional Research / Roundtable

Session 70
Online Graduate Certificate in IR at Florida State University

This online program is designed to provide academic and professional development opportunities for institutional researchers, administrators, doctoral students, and faculty from all higher education institutions. Whether you are new to the field of Institutional Research or have a few years under your belt, our certificate program has something to offer in aiding you in your academic and professional development. Courses are offered to accommodate the working professional's schedule. The 18-credit hour curriculum focuses on institutional research theory, institutional administration, quantitative research methods, utilization of national databases, and institutional research practice.

Room: Live Oak I
Zachary James Rymniak Florida State University


Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 74
Data-Informed Decision Cultures

Data-informed decision cultures are rooted in an institution’s approach to data use and data capacity. This session features the pillars of data-informed decision cultures, considers different lenses with which to examine these cultures, and encourages dialog about the ways in which IR professionals can help institutions achieve and sustain them.

Room: West Fork I
Leah Ross Association for Institutional Research
Jason Lewis Association for Institutional Research

Facilitator: Dana Dalton Fayetteville State University

Planning / Work Share

Session 72
Combining siloed data for strategic planning: A case study of aligning budget and student enrollment goals through tuition, room, and board revenue modeling

This session presents a case study of how data was used to facilitate a unified effort to align and achieve budget and student enrollment goals. Traditionally, institutional aid budgets are developed around student enrollment and the awarding of such aid is finessed to maintain the discount rate. One concern of this protocol is that alternate streams of student generated revenue (i.e. room and board) are not considered. This study shows that by combining historic data and models from multiple offices and by looking at tuition, room, and board comprehensively, colleges can award differently while ensuring budgetary requirements are met.

Room: Elm Fork I
Katherine K. Bearden Centenary College of Louisiana

Facilitator: Debbie Smarr Grayson College

Sponsor Session /

Session 73
Come Learn About Our New StudentTracker Premium Service

Over the past year, the National Clearinghouse has been working on a major upgrade to our StudentTracker service for Colleges and Universities. StudentTracker Premium Service is now available and includes additional student-level detail, a more efficient ability to re-run previously submitted files, a convenient repository of individual versions of our Research Center’s national reports, and dynamic visualizations that enable institutions to "print and present" with little effort. If you are a current StudentTracker user or considering participating, come learn about StudentTracker Premium and how this service will enhance your research needs and benefit your institution.

Room: Elm Fork II
Joe Roof National Student Clearinghouse
Michele Gralak National Student Clearinghouse

Facilitator: Cara Mia Braswell Auburn University Montgomery

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Session 75
Analytics Culture Eats Analytics Strategy for Breakfast

The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) is one year into a major SAS installation and integration project including the establishment of data governance, development and rollout of an analytical data warehouse as well as advanced modeling services. But as UTA staff along with SAS specialists prepare for go-live, no amount of operational planning and strategy replaces the development of an analytics culture. This would result in a significant change in worldview from senior administration to faculty and staff users toward advanced analytics. In this session, you will learn about an overview of the technical installation and integration of the new SAS systems and focus on practical steps to build a campus-wide culture of analytics at a Research I university.

Room: West Fork II
Pete Smith University of Texas at Arlington

Facilitator: Rick Burnette Florida State University

Sessions: 10

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