e-AIR Newsletter September 2017

Emerging Research on Queer & Trans-Spectrum Students Across Higher Education

By Maren Greathouse, Director, Tyler Clementi Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Speech BubblesOn October 26, 2017, the Tyler Clementi Center of Rutgers University will host a daylong Academic Colloquium to highlight critical research on queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student experiences in higher education.

The program will feature a presentation of findings from the largest and first-ever meta-analysis of queer-spectrum and trans-spectrum student experiences in the history of American higher education, comparing national datasets from the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA, the SERU-AAU Consortium led by UC-Berkeley and U-MN, the American College Health Association, and Rankin & Associates.

Collectively, these findings represent the responses of 78,798 queer-spectrum students and 8,361 trans-spectrum students at 1,291 institutions. MORE
No, Really, What do YOU Think?
Ellen Peters
AIR President, 2017-2018
The world has been making quite a display of itself in recent weeks, with the solar eclipse, and then the devastating hurricanes and wild fires that are impacting lives across our country.

While the Board had the joy of being in Tallahassee and sharing eclipse viewing (though not in totality) with the AIR staff, that joy has been replaced by our concern for all who are in the paths of destruction.

As I prepared a list of students who were from areas impacted by Harvey, I noted that the facility with which we in IR can do that work is one of the ways in which IR provides added value to our institutions. Defining that value was a key part of the discussions we had as a Board during our August meeting.

As staff in the Executive Office continue to do outreach to communicate our value, the Board continues to think about the future, and the ways in which IR will provide value beyond today. We have established a standing IR Future Committee which will be comprised of four to five Board members, and will report to the Board at each meeting. Current topics are:
IR and IT relationships
IR training provided by other associations
The increasing call for student unit record data and the impact of ubiquity of unit record data on IR
Vendors and consultants, and IR’s role
Changing role of IR as data collection and analytics are being done across campus

What else is on the horizon for IR? This AIR Board Corner is intentionally short – our hope is that you will use the comments section to share your thoughts. MORE
Who's on the Move?
New titles. New promotions. New institutions. Friends and colleagues on the move.
This is What Today’s College Students Really Look Like
Today’s typical college student looks very different from those in the past. Rather than a change in clothing and hair styles, the differences are more likely to be the student’s demographic. The reality is that many of today’s college students are older, perhaps married with a family and employed...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.
Resources for IR Professionals with Disabilities
Claire Goverts
Dear Claire: How does having a disability impact your work in IR? How have resources available to you at your institution helped?

Before getting into the details, I want to emphasize that while others may have similar diagnoses, I am speaking about my own personal experience - other experiences may vary. I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and depression in elementary school. These are things I have lived with for most of my life. MORE

This month’s question is answered by Claire Goverts, Assistant Director - Office of Institutional Research & Analysis, The College at Brockport, State University of New York.
Data Bite
Every U.S. postsecondary institution that awards federal financial aid must submit data to the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as part of the Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS). In addition to the demands of IPEDS reporting, institutions must respond to federal, state, and district requests for information and provide a wealth of information to satisfy institutional accreditation. MORE

Explore IR's Role in Diversity and Inclusion Conversations
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AIR’s Digital Pass provides content about IR’s role in organizational conversations about diversity and inclusion, with specific examples on how to handle difficult questions.

Impact Session: IR's Role in Organizational Diversity and Inclusion Conversations
This session features a panel of IR professionals involved in these conversations at their organizations. The panel provides responses to challenging questions commonly asked by stakeholders, and encourages attendees to develop vocabulary to respond to questions they encounter in their day-to-day work. Presenters: Archie Cubarrubia, Michael Le, Tod Massa, Kristin McKinley, and Jason Rivera. Moderators: Erika Farfan, Waddell Herron, and Gina Johnson.

Accreditation, Assessment, and Factbooks, Oh My!
Lindsey Graham Guinn is Director of Assessment & Institutional Research at Washington & Jefferson College.

eAIR: Your institution, Washington & Jefferson College (W&J), will have a 10-year accreditation visit in 2018-2019 from the Middle States Commission. At a high level, as a Co-Accreditation Liaison Officer, how will you prepare your college for that visit?

Generally, an institution begins planning two to three years before re-accreditation by the Commission is scheduled to occur. In 2016, the President of W&J officially appointed a senior faculty member and me as co-chairs to coordinate every aspect of the self-study process at W&J, as reflected in the duties to the right. MORE
GW First Destination Interactive Visualization
By Kim Dam, Director, and Jennifer Pattershall-Geide, Assistant Director, Office of Survey Research and Analysis, George Washington University

600e00ab-a637-439e-ad7c-9eeadc4556d0.pngThe Office of Survey Research and Analysis at GW collaborated with the Center for Career Services, External Relations, Business Intelligence, and Student Affairs to create an interactive visualization of undergraduate student outcomes. Users can view where GW graduates are working and completing further education overall, or drill down to a school or major. Users can also interact with the charts to get more detailed results. MORE
Chi-Square Test in Excel Using VBA
By Lee Allard, Dean of Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Hagerstown Community College

In this month’s Tech Tip, we’ll look at using VBA code for running a chi-square test in Excel. (Note: this tip does require some basic knowledge of VBA programming in Excel.)

The Data Analysis add-in to Excel offers a number of basic statistical analyses (e.g. regression, t-test, ANOVA, etc.), but curiously, a chi-square test is not among them. MORE
Good Reads for the Higher Ed Professional
Keep current with the latest news from these influential journals:

- Innovative Higher Education

- Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition

- Research in Higher Education
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