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SAIR Conference Program 2017
Monday, October 09, 2017
3:15 pm to 4:00 pm

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 86
Evaluating Student Achievement Outcomes (SACSCOC Federal Requirement 4.1) Part 2 of 2

This session is the second part of a two-part session. Twenty-five to forty percent of institutions are found in non-compliance for Federal Requirement 4.1 in the preliminary report of the off-site committee. In this segment, the presenters will review the typical reasons that SACSCOC Committee members make judgments of non-compliance for FR 4.1. Participants will learn from comments taken from off-site and on-site reaffirmation committee reports during a recent qualitative content analysis conducted by SACSCOC staff. After a discussion of the key non-compliance areas and overall themes, participants will engage in small group activities designed to develop their own abilities to identify achievable student success measures and avoid common challenges in the FR 4.1 narrative.

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


Assessment / Paper

Session 80
Evaluating the Construct Validity of Basic Science Curriculum Assessment Instrument: A Case-Study

The Rasch model is capable of measuring personís ability (endorsement) from item difficulty and determining how these two measures match with each other. This study aimed at evaluating the psychometric properties (reliability/validity) of the curriculum assessment instrument with special emphasis on validating the unidimensional structure and differential item functioning. The strengths and challenges of medical curriculum were detected to inform decision-making for continuous quality improvement. However, the unexplained variance in the first contrast 3.08 was greater than 2.0 criterion in PCA, indicating the existence of more than one dimension. Therefore, this instrument must be further revised for the future application.

Room: Live Oak I
Chau-Kuang Chen Meharry Medical College

Facilitator: Michael McFall The University of Tennessee

Institutional Research / Special Interest

Session 77
Major Changes to the Survey of Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science and Engineering (GSS) for the 2017 Data Collection

In this session, GSS staff will describe the major changes being implemented in the 2017 data collection. The changes include: collecting masterís and doctoral student data separately, collecting student data by CIP codes, and a change in the degree field taxonomy that will affect survey eligibility. Staff will discuss data collection strategies to ease reporting burden, along with results from a 2016 pilot data collection that demonstrated the feasibility of the GSS modifications. The end of the session will be reserved for audience questions.

Room: Bur Oak
Michael Yamaner National Science Foundation: NCSES
Jonathan Gordon RTI International
Jennifer Pauli RTI International

Facilitator: Alona Smolova Old Dominion University

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 78
Integrating Student Tracking and Feedback to Guide Student Success

Improving student success rates involves detailed student tracking of students throughout their institution's student life cycle. Unfortunately, tracking data only tells when and how many students drop out of college. By augmenting this data with feedback on attrition and factors that force students out, institutions can develop more complete solutions. This presentation focuses on the student success model developed and used by a minority serving community college to map out the student life cycle, track student progress through that life cycle, and capture student feedback to develop student success interventions at critical inflection points.

Room: Post Oak
Edward Hummingbird Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Facilitator: Glenn James Tennessee Tech University

Institutional Research / Paper

Session 84
Building a Capacity for Decision Support: Professional Development for the Institutional Research Professional

Institutional research (IR) and decision support are the means by which leaders in higher education institutions make informed decisions about strategic directions for policies, operations and planning. IR practitioners begin their development with degree programs in a variety of disciplines that teach analytical and technical skills. On-the-job experiences and professional development networks with others in the IR business are also crucial to building a capacity for institutional research. This interactive session will inventory current training opportunities for IR practitioners and leaders, including best practices, and explore new avenues for education.

Room: West Fork I
Sandi Bramblett Georgia Institute of Technology
Michelle Broderick University of Toronto

Facilitator: Nancy Floyd North Carolina State University

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 85
Development and Application of a Predictive Matriculation Model

Higher education institutions are increasingly leveraging available data to predict the likelihood of student enrollment and success. This presentation will describe the development and application of a predictive matriculation model designed to enable admissions personnel to target recruitment efforts according to accepted studentsí probability of enrolling.

Room: West Fork II
Elizabeth Hoff The University of Texas at San Antonio
Mahmoud Abunawas The University of Texas at San Antonio

Facilitator: Ebenezer Kolajo Radford University

Institutional Research / Institutional Research

Session 79
Personality & Inter-Office Relations

As higher education professionals, we often find ourselves in work situations in which collaboration with other offices is necessary. An expanded understanding of personality preferences and differences based on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) may help us work more effectively with our colleagues across campus. This brief, interactive MBTI workshop is geared toward better understanding ourselves so that we can more greatly appreciate and collaborate with those around us.

Room: Red Oak
Wendy Huckabee Broyles Troy University

Facilitator: Rhonda Belton Elon University

Technology / Paper

Session 82
Moving Your IR Office from Text and Tables to Interactive Analytics and Visualizations

Many institutions face the challenge of transitioning "text and table" or early generation BI information delivery to current interactive visualizations and analytics. This session will present how one large public university addressed this challenge, including drivers for change, tools selection, and prioritization strategies.

Room: Elm Fork I
Linda Sullivan University of Central Florida

Facilitator: Melanie Collins Nicholls State University

Technology / Work Share

Session 81
Leveraging Existing SQL to Create New Data Products

Structured Query Language (SQL) is an essential tool that is used to extract data and turn it into useful knowledge for the university. The same set of code is used to create the fact book, dashboards and other enrollment reports. This has enabled the office to produce Fact Books, Graduation Survey results, Grade Distribution Reports and other data products for each college and department at the click of a button. This session will describe the process of taking an existing set of code and using it in multiple tools to produce different types of reports. This session is geared towards beginners in SQL and those who are interested in the benefits of using it.

Room: Live Oak V
Brian Cordeau The University of Texas at San Antonio

Facilitator: Sean Kerins University of Alabama at Birmingham

Technology / Software Demonstration

Session 83
Campus Climate Survey Data: A Deep Dive Using Tableau Analytics

The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how higher education institutions can harness the data analytics power of Tableau visualization with their survey data. In particular, the visualization presented will show how an institution can visually understand and discover patterns on the perception of faculty/staff when it comes to campus climate, employee interaction, mental health and mentoring to name a few. Tableauís data visualization tool has robust features and commands that gives you the power to transform your survey data into a way that will provide a captivating story to your audience.

Room: Elm Fork II
Jonathan Poon University of South Carolina
Xumei Fan Department of Educational Studies
Sabrina Andrews University of South Carolina

Facilitator: Vyas Krishnamurthy University of Houston

Sessions: 10

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