e-AIR Newsletter July 2015

Cultivating Teams to Advance IR

What does it take for a team to create great results?

Why does a group of smart leaders so often create a less-than-effective team? 

What can you and your team start doing now to get better results?

In the 2015 AIR Forum keynote address based on his newest book Smart Leaders, Smarter Teams, Roger Schwarz answered those questions and more. AIR invites you to view a video recording of his presentation as a no-cost member benefit on the Forum website.

Roger Schwarz is a recognized thought leader in the realm of team leadership. An organizational psychologist and president and CEO of Roger Schwarz & Associates, he is a sought-after advisor to global companies, federal government agencies, and international non-profit organizations. MORE

“Ends” Important for AIR Success
By Gary R. Pike
2015-2016 AIR President
Over the last week, I’ve been following two conversations on a listserv of which I am a member. The first conversation dealt with the “Administrative IT Summit” that was jointly sponsored by EDUCAUSE and NACUBO.

The conference focused on the use of analytics and business intelligence in higher education. Mike Tamada, Director of Institutional Research at Reed College, attended the conference and was surprised that IR offices appeared to be underrepresented.

It turns out that the conference organizers didn’t contact AIR, or any other IR organizations.

The fact that AIR wasn’t asked to be involved in the summit doesn’t mean the sky is falling, but it does give us an indication of how much work we have ahead of us if we are going to accomplish our “Ends”—that “higher education leaders view institutional research as essential.”

Strategies for accomplishing our Ends will be a major topic during the Board’s face-to-face meeting in August, and the September Board Corner will include a report on our discussions about the Association’s Ends.

The second discussion on the listserv grew out of the first. It focused on difficulties many IR offices face in becoming more involved in analytics and research.

The problem is that many IR offices spend their most valuable resource—staff time—on reporting. Reporting isn’t a bad thing, but a focus on reporting means IR offices don’t always have the time to do analytics/research.

During the discussion, Bill Knight mentioned a 2015 AIR presentation by Dr. Hirosuke Honda, Associate Director of Assessment at the University of Maine at Augusta.

Dr. Honda has developed a four-quadrant framework that can be used to examine workloads in IR offices.

The quadrant provides a starting point for conversations about priorities and can be used to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of IR offices.

I encourage all of you to review the presentation.

As I was preparing to write the Board Corner this month, I realized that these two conversations provide an important lesson about accomplishing AIR’s Ends.

The Board of Directors and the Executive Office have important roles in accomplishing the Ends of the Association.

However, AIR members and institutional researchers have an equally important role to play.

By encouraging conversations within IR offices, and having conversations with senior campus leaders about the contributions that institutional researchers can make to campus research and analytics, AIR members can help college and university leaders better understand why institutional research is essential. MORE
Keeping AIR Members Informed
AIR welcomes brief announcements of interest to the IR and assessment communities, such as the release of a report, funding opportunities or a request for applications. Send your announcement to eAIR@airweb.org and include a link to your website as well as a contact name and email address. Announcements
Who's on the Move?
New titles. New promotions. New institutions. Friends and colleagues on the move.
Help Us Discover Our History
The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the state of Michigan on February 7, 1966. In celebration, the 2015-2016 AIR membership year is devoted to developing an AIR History page to highlight documents, manuscripts, books, and pictures that have been collected by members throughout the years.

We hope that you will contribute to this project by sharing memories, adding comments, and sending in pictures, papers, and other documents that help to build a shared history for current and future members of the association.

Below are two photos from the photo gallery. If you recognize a member, attended the event, or just have an AIR memory to share, we invite you comment by clicking on the photo.

2015 Forum Photo Gallery
The 2015 AIR Forum in Denver was the gathering place for more than 2,000 colleagues and friends from IR and related fields. To relive some of the best moments from the conference, visit the Forum Photo Gallery.

Getting Published 
Dear Nick: I noticed that you recently had two different articles published in two separate journals. I am collaborating with some colleagues on an article for IR practitioners, but we are not sure how to proceed with submitting our work. How does one get published?

Looking to have your work published can be exhilarating and frustrating, regardless of whether you are new to the field or have decades of experience. Below, I have provided some suggestions that guide my strategy for publication. Many of these guidelines are relevant to a broad array of publication types, but some are specific to empirical, peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters, including those found in New Directions for Institutional Research, Research in Higher Education, and AIR Professional Files.

Nicholas A. Bowman will become Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa in fall 2015.  MORE

A Shift in IR
Eric Atchison is an Institutional Research Analyst at Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning. During the recent AIR Forum in Denver, Colo., Eric presented the Pre-Forum Workshop: Enrollment Forecasting in Excel.

eAIR: There has been a focus on state system offices’ roles within IR recently, due to the release of the NASH report titled Meeting Demands for Improvements in Public System Institutional Research. Can you explain how your role at the system level with the Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning (MSIHL) has been affected by this report?

The NASH report has been very helpful in allowing us to better understand the nature of IR within the system level across a broad range of governance structures. Our system office falls directly between the state legislature and the public institutions within our state. The major aim of our office is to achieve system consistency while preserving institutional autonomy. MORE

Filling in Blank Spaces in Your Data
​By Dale Amburgey, Assistant Director of Institutional Research, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
At some point in your analytical endeavors, you may have received a data file that resembles this:

Normally, you would go to each cell and manually fill in the missing data elements. For a small data set, this wouldn’t be too much trouble. However, for a much larger data set, you may find this to be a cringe-worthy task.  MORE
The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014 Report
The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2014 report includes data on the preparedness of first-generation students compared to all students, as well as the performance of students by parental educational attainment. MORE
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