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SAIR Conference Program 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
10:15 am to 11:00 am

Accreditation / Work Share

Session 114
Better Together: Empowering Institutional Insight and Addressing Accreditation-Related Analyses Through National Student Clearinghouse Data

This session will explore the relevance of National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) data to accreditation via the recent collaboration between the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Student Clearinghouse (SACSCOC). This collaboration involved the study of student completion patterns at member institutions, and the strategies being used to increase student success. Presenters will provide an overview of what the National Student Clearinghouse is, the data it collects and preliminary findings from the SACSCOC and NSC collaborative research effort.

Room: West Fork I
Godfrey Fuji Noe Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Jason DeWitt National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
Doug Shapiro National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

Facilitator: Elise Miller Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

Community College / Paper

Session 115
Community College Enrollment Intensity and Student Outcomes

Enrollment status is commonly thought of as a static, dichotomous concept: full-time or part-time. Recent research has shown that enrollment status for community college students is anything but static. Some students do enroll as full-time or part-time every term they attend; however, a large percentage of community-college students switch enrollment status one or more times. The research to be presented examines the enrollment history of community college students and the relationship with fall-to-fall persistence and completion utilizing a large data set containing transcript data for over 17,000 students from 28 colleges.

Room: West Fork II
E. Michael Bohlig Center for Community College Student Engagement, UT-Austin

Facilitator: Christine Daley Trinity Valley Community College

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 108
Great Jobs & Great Lives: Alumni Outcomes

This session will provide background and information on The Gallup-Purdue Index, a nationally representative study of U.S. college graduates. Gallup research identified six critical experiences that increase the odds of workplace engagement, well-being and emotional attachment to one's alma matter. This session will thoroughly examine each one of the six critical experiences and provide best practices around implementation so that students are empowered to seek great jobs and great lives.

Room: Bur Oak
Jessi Gordon, MPP/MBA The Gallup Organization

Facilitator: Lauren Lopez Clark Atlanta University

Institutional Research / Work Share

Session 112
Majors Pipeline Study in SAS Visual Analytics

Elon University has created a ‘Majors Pipeline’ dashboard which will allow deans to identifying students who entered the university with intended majors in their school and track them to see if retained at the university as well as in their school. It also shows other students who ended up in their schools’ majors. It shows enrollment over four years and graduation rates for those majors. This is significant in the planning of courses and faculty members and serves as key indicators on how your school is progressing in producing graduates with your majors.

Room: Elm Fork I
Rhonda Belton Elon University

Facilitator: Josh Whitlock East Tennessee State University

Institutional Research / Panel

Session 117
Towards a Peaceful Coexistence: Business Intelligence and Institutional Research

The term ‘business intelligence’ refers to technologies, applications and practices for the collection, integration, analysis and presentation of business information. Institutional research is research conducted within an institution of higher education to provide information which supports institutional planning and policy formation. Both support decision-making but are they the same? Can they peacefully co-exist in higher education or even just locally on a college campus? This panel will explore the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in this new environment that brings together two functions with the same goal…better decisions.

Room: Pecos I
Sandi Bramblett Georgia Institute of Technology
Craig Rudick University of Kentucky
Mary Kathryn Starkey University of Kentucky
Sandra Kinney Georgia Institute of Technology


Planning / Work Share

Session 109
Taming a Wild Ride: Refocusing Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness on Student Learning

Learn about methods to renew institutional focus on student learning through a self-study of the institutional assessment system and the institutional research office. View tools, resulting needs analyses and implementation process. This renewed vision is supported by implementation of AIR’s Holistic Approach to IR and Statement of Aspirational Practice, and enhances the culture of quality and the depth of data literacy across the university. Learn to effectively complete all elements of the data cycle and address the expanding role of institutional research and assessment, by recognizing an evolving mosaic of data skills, strategic planning, outcomes assessment, and advocacy improvement.

Room: Post Oak
Katrina Mintz Samford University
Toner Evans Samford University

Facilitator: Faron Kincheloe Baylor University

Sessions: 6

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