e-AIR Newsletter October 2017

Legislation Would Expand Data on Student Outcomes

Federal Data Policy Watch: The College Transparency Act

2c181995-465d-4144-b9c9-e749e5f0b4cf.jpgBy Christine M. Keller, AIR Executive Director & CEO

The College Transparency Act (CTA) is bipartisan and a bicameral legislation introduced in the U.S. Congress in May with a stated purpose to “modernize the college reporting system … to provide greater transparency for students, families, institutions, and policymakers.” With potential implications for federal data availability, reporting, and analysis, CTA deserves attention and scrutiny from AIR members as well as the broader higher education data community.

Many within the higher education community have long argued that the federal data infrastructure in the U.S. is fragmented and increasingly inadequate in providing crucial information to students, families, institution leaders, and policymakers. For example, questions such as the following cannot currently be answered in a consistent, comparable way at the national level. MORE
The Time Is Now
Glenn W. James
2017-2018 Immediate Past President and Nominations and Elections Committee Chair
There is no doubt about it. The Association for Institutional Research thrives because of the committed, collaborative contributions of people who are working to make AIR and the profession of institutional research better!

AIR members serve in a variety of ways and in an array of committees and groups, along with the resourceful AIR Executive Office staff, and an outstanding Board of Directors.

My great appreciation goes to all of these members and groups for their involvement and generous contributions toward keeping AIR strong and for helping AIR to improve for an even brighter future.

Institutional research professionals are poised for successfully navigating new challenges and an evolving role in the higher education enterprise. You can help to advance the future of IR by engaging with a leadership opportunity in the Association.

Now is the time of year to nominate a colleague and/or yourself for a position in two groups that help to provide for leadership in the Association – the Board of Directors and the Nominations and Elections Committee.

Serving currently on the Board of Directors and chairing the Nominations and Elections Committee, I can tell you that my experience in working with outstanding colleagues, staff members, and association members has been a very rewarding and affirming experience. I whole heartedly recommend the experience to you.

Have you worked with a colleague who would be a good fit for a leadership position in AIR? Or are you interested in serving on the Board of Directors or the Nominations and Elections Committee? Please take the initial step of nominating a colleague and/or yourself for a leadership position in AIR.

Nominations are being accepted for the following positions:

Vice President
Member-At-Large (three positions)
Nominations and Elections Committee Member (three positions)

The deadline for submitting nominations is November 2, 2017. Please see the AIR Nominations and Elections web page for more information, and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Yes, the time is now! MORE
Who's on the Move?
New titles. New promotions. New institutions. Friends and colleagues on the move.
Dual Enrollment Students After High School
Using student enrollment and degree records from the National Student Clearinghouse, this report is the first to look state by state at who enrolls in community college “dual enrollment” courses and what happens to them after high school. MORE.
Thanks to AIR Members
Our members are not only incredibly helpful, they are a pleasure to work with. Here are some special thanks to those who have gone beyond the call of duty for our Association.
Good Reads for the Higher Ed Professional
Keep current with the latest news from this influential journal:

- New Directions for Institutional Research
Using Predictive Analytics to Impact Policy and Practice
Jessica Egbert
Dear Jessica: How have you used Predictive Analytics on your campus to impact policy and practice?

Evidence-based practice is an integral part of the mission at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions (RMUoHP; Provo, Utah). We teach from this model in our degree programs (all graduate degrees in healthcare fields) and integrate evidence-based practice into institutional operations. Predictive analytics inform data-driven decision making; this type of evidence both improves the institution and serves our students. MORE

This month’s question is answered by Jessica Egbert, Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness & Community Engagement, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions.
Data Bite
In June, we explored the "personality" of IR Offices by sector and found that offices at public 4-year institutions were more likely to have broad responsibilities while private, not-for-profit, 4-year institutions were more likely to have limited responsibilities. In the National Survey of IR Office report, we defined “personality” as the range of tasks conducted by the IR Office: Broad perform many tasks, Focused perform a smaller group of tasks, and Limited Responsibility perform a narrow scope of tasks. MORE
Graph of relationship between personality and staff size
Hone Your Assessment Skills with Digital Pass
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View Digital Pass recorded sessions to learn about predicting and comparing graduation rates, obtain a clearer understanding of the impacts of bridge programs, and examine strategies for handling unexpected data findings.

Student Success: Multiple Measures to Predict & Compare Graduation Rates
This session highlights alternatives to traditional measures and strategies for using new tools at your institution. Presenters: John Stanley, Dmitri Rogulkin, Henry Hernandez, Douglas Shapiro, and Ken Nelson

Summer Bridge Propensity Score Weighting on First-year Success
This presentation demonstrates the relationship between summer bridge participation and resources students are meant to access for success. Presenters: Joseph Ramirez, Katherine Cho, and Sylvia Hurtado

Unexpected Assessment Results? Strategies for Handling the “Oh-No” Moment
This session explores six concrete strategies for making the most of unexpected data findings. Presenters: Becky Gerambia and Sherry Woosley

Spotlight on the Field of IR
Tasha Tasha Dannenbring is Director of Institutional Research, South Dakota Board of Regents, and Editor for the Mid-Western Educational Researcher special issue on IR. She spoke with eAIR about goals for the issue, article contributions, and ideal author characteristics.

eAIR: Can you provide more background on the goals of the special issue?

The main goal is really to spotlight the field of institutional research (IR). I hope to be able to highlight the versatility and key importance of the institutional researcher to education. I hope that those who are not familiar with IR will come away with a better understanding of the field, and those who are familiar will gain insight on a unique methodology or new perspective for their research. MORE
NEean Supports Assessment for Student Success
Globe Steven Bloom is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lasell College. He has served on the Board of Directors of the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEean) since 2009 and is the current president. Dr. Bloom has held both teaching and administrative positions in higher education. A scholar of the American dramatist Eugene O'Neill, he taught within the English Department at Emmanuel College in Boston for 19 years, including 10 years as department chair.

eAIR: What is NEean? Please briefly describe its history, mission, and leadership.

The purpose of the New England Educational Assessment Network (NEean), is to support the best possible assessment practices across all higher education institutions in New England. I always like to emphasize the word,” network,” in the title. NEean’s founders purposely called it a network instead of an organization or association. This reflects NEean’s founding in the mid-1990s as a gathering of people who were responsible for accreditation and other kinds of accountability efforts for student learning within their institutions, and reached out to each other about how to oversee those efforts effectively. MORE
Temple College Sankey Diagram
By Jimmy Roberts, Associate Vice President, Temple College

I was impressed by the Sankey diagrams for Bucknell University submitted by Kevork Horrissian. I had access to some data that I thought that would be appropriate for this type of display. Unfortunately, even though I have access to Tableau, I am too inexperienced to attempt something like this. MORE

Using a Zeros Table in Microsoft Access
By Shawn LaRoche, Senior Research Analyst, Mount Wachusett Community College

600e00ab-a637-439e-ad7c-9eeadc4556d0.png Microsoft Access allows users to build queries that, among other things, can be used for simple analysis, reporting, and production automation. Ensuring output is clean, accurate, and complete is of paramount importance, especially when automating processes. Ensuring data are complete can be easy to overlook when querying in Microsoft Access. In this Tech Tip I will demonstrate how users can ensure their information contains all possible parameters, even when there is no output for them all, by utilizing a ‘zeros table.’ MORE
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