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SAIR Conference Program 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
9:15 am to 10:00 am

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 104
Your QEP has been Approved – Now what?

Institutions often have trouble designing and implementing the processes needed for a successful SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Have you developed a strategy to provide the assessment and data necessary to demonstrate the success of your QEP deployment? This workshop will discuss the activities necessary to successfully defend the implementation and assessment of the QEP. It will discuss timelines, sample assessment forms, ideas for a communication strategy, and a sample assessment plan. The session will include time for group activities and Q & A.

Room: West Fork II
Meryl McNeal Morehouse School of Medicine
Ashley K. Mitchell Morehouse School of Medicine

Facilitator: Gina Johnson Association for Institutional Research

Assessment / Work Share

Session 99
Internationalization of Higher Education: Do All Study Abroad Programs Develop "Global Citizens"?

This presentation is a methodological critique of how various study abroad programs are generally assessed as a homogeneous entity and hence draw erroneous conclusions about the effectiveness of achieving the main goal of producing 'global citizens' and/or enhancing ‘intercultural awareness’. Although the primary intention of establishing study abroad programs is great, "commodification" of some of the programs is diluting realization of the expected outcomes. The institutional research and assessment professionals need to become more vigilant in analyzing various study abroad programs by distinguishing among short-term, medium-term and long-term programs, as they have differential impact on student outcomes.

Room: Red Oak
Ebenezer F. Kolajo Radford University

Facilitator: Carmen Allen University of Houston

Assessment / Work Share

Session 101
Assessment Best Practices: Using Focus Groups to Gain Insight and Implement Changes to the Curricular and Co-Curricular

Within higher education, administrative and academic departments often rely on surveys to gain understanding of student needs and program effectiveness. While surveys are typically considered easy to initiate for a reasonable yield of return, surveys are limited in nature, and the overall feeling of anonymity can limit the quality of information provided. To overcome these limitations, administrative and academic departments should explore integrating focus groups as assessment strategies to enhance the quality of data collected. This session will explore the use of focus groups within higher education, as well as provide an opportunity for attendees to strategize potential implementation approaches.

Room: Elm Fork I
Channing R. Ford Auburn University/Harrison School of Pharmacy
Emily B. Wilkins Auburn University

Facilitator: Kristy Neal Louisiana State University

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 105
From Data Management to Visual Reporting: Two Universities’ Journeys

In order to keep up with external pressures, administrators are expecting more from IR offices: faster response time, more interactive reports, and data presented in a way that’s more easily understood by those not trained in data analysis. But dashboards and reports – no matter how flashy or interactive – aren’t useful if the underlying data isn’t accurate or easy to interpret. This session will describe the processes that two state flagship universities have gone through to figure out how best to address these issues. They will discuss their processes for data governance, building data warehouses, and each will demonstrate example reports.

Room: Trinity Central
Denise C. Gardner University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Susannah Livingood University of Oklahoma, Norman

Facilitator: Shama Akhtar Bowie State University

Institutional Research / Special Interest

Session 97
Moving Towards a Standard Methodology for Calculating Post-Collegiate Earnings

Demand for postsecondary education outcomes data is at an all-time high and as a result, workforce data, specifically unemployment insurance (UI) data, are being used in conjunction with education data more than ever before. When working with UI wage data, exactly how post-collegiate earnings are calculated is critically important, and at this point, there is no standard methodology in higher education. The presenter will discuss the methodological questions around calculating wage using UI wage data. How we considered our options and arrived at a decision will be the primary focus of this session. The pros and cons of the differing methodologies will also be discussed in the context of what methodology may make the most sense if a national standard were to be introduced.

Room: Bur Oak
David Troutman University of Texas System

Facilitator: Kimberly Kirkpatrick Louisiana Board of Regents

Planning / Work Share

Session 107
Developing an Integrated Master Plan for an Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning Department

To augment the institutional strategic plan, the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute's Office of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning developed a seven-year master plan. This presentation will focus on the process and underlying framework used to develop this plan. It is hoped that such departmental plans will result in a stronger culture of planning at colleges and universities.

Room: Pecos II
Edward Hummingbird Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Luanne Manwell Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Angela Askan Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Facilitator: Erica Hughes Louisiana Community and Technical College System

Planning / Special Interest

Session 103
Data Governance Strategies that Work

Belmont University has implemented a university-wide system of data governance, led by the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research to ensure communication and cooperation among data stewards, enhance data integrity and standardize reporting. We’re not just defining terms, we’re strategizing about our data and our processes. This presentation highlights the governance strategies that have been successful for us and a few of the challenges we still face in the process.

Room: West Fork I
Patricia White Belmont University

Facilitator: Ronnie Chrestman Clemson University

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Session 98
Scanning the Postsecondary Education Landscape: Findings from the 2017 SREB Fact Book

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) is one of four regional education compacts in the U.S. Founded in 1948, SREB works with 16 member states to improve public education at all levels. The SREB office of Data Services provides comparative data to state leaders and higher education researchers and planners on postsecondary education trends and the external factors affecting institutions. Data Services works with state coordinating and governing boards to collect data for the SREB-State Data Exchange and Indicators Report. The office also compiles data on all 50 states from a variety of sources and produces the bi-annual Fact Book. This presentation will include highlights of the 2017 Fact Book. It will also focus on how institutional research and effectiveness professionals can use the data collected and made available on the SREB website for activities such as benchmarking and strategic planning.

Room: Post Oak
Susan Lounsbury Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Facilitator: Alice Simpkins Paine College

Technology / Work Share

Session 100
Predicting Student Enrollment Using Markov Chain Modeling in SAS

Given the increasingly robust collection and quality of university data, opportunities for predictive analytics are greater than ever. Accurate prediction of future student enrollment is vital for university planning efforts and decision making. This presentation will demonstrate methods of SAS programming to develop dynamic enrollment projection models, with particular focus on Markov Chain modeling.

Room: Live Oak I
Samantha Bradley University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Facilitator: Mark Wiljanen Sullivan University

Technology / Work Share

Session 106
Leveraging Online Technologies for Higher Response Rates

Course evaluation surveys are widely used to gain insight into student learning experiences. However, because evaluation data needs to accurately reflect the average experience of students, it is critical to attract the largest possible sample group. At Albany Technical College, the need for higher course evaluation response rates motivated the switch from one online survey tool to another. This session will focus on the strategies employed by Albany Technical College to attract more student feedback, ultimately resulting in growth of response rates from 18% to 84% over the course of just one year.

Room: Pecos I
Tanjula Petty Albany Technical College

Facilitator: Elizabeth Wallace American Public University System

Technology / Work Share

Session 102
Developing Informative Dashboards in Tableau to Support Data-Driven Decision Making for Continuous Improvement

Program representatives from different units across campus must provide documentation to support evidence of a process of continuous improvement by taking action on assessment results. The following presentation provides data analysts with a thought exercise on how to create informative dashboards to facilitate data-driven decision making for continuous improvement. The dashboards include four key areas based on content of our Senior Exit Survey (SES): educational preparation for graduation, advisement by faculty and staff, graduate enrollment profile, and job placement profile. I will describe the rationale for the conceptualization of each dashboard in relation to providing evidence for program level outcomes.

Room: Elm Fork II
Alicia M. Dean Morehouse College

Facilitator: Jamil Ibrahim UMMC

Sessions: 11

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