2013 Webinars

Overview: AIR will offer two webinars this fall, one on Excel Dashboards and a second on Enrollment Modeling. Your registration for a 75-minute webinar includes advance access to presentation materials and on-demand viewing for 30 days after broadcast. Each webinar will include around an hour of video instruction and 15 minutes for questions. Each webinar will also include polling questions to support participant interaction.  

Technology: Webinars will be produced using Adobe Connect cloud-based web conferencing. To test your computer's compatibility, visit AIR's Adobe Connect connection test webpage.

Both webinars are sold out. Recordings of each webinar will be available for purchase after the live sessions. Please click the link below and complete the request form to be notified when the recordings are available.
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Excel Dashboards: From Theory to Practice

Date: October 22, 2013, 3:00-4:15 PM (EDT)

Cost: AIR Members: $125, Non-members: $175

Dashboards help institutions assess progress and outcomes by displaying key performance indicators in visually appealing graphs. This webinar demonstrates how to develop dashboards to support institutional decision making. Developed for professionals new to dashboards, this webinar discusses what to consider when selecting the right graph for your data, how to create a simple dashboard in Excel, how to dynamically update your dashboard, and modifying dashboards for multiple reporting units. This webinar is designed for individuals with limited experience creating charts in Excel. 

Presented by: Craig Abbey, Director of Institutional Research, University at Buffalo

Craig W. Abbey is Associate Vice Provost and Director of Institutional Research at the University at Buffalo and Director of Research for The Center for Measuring Performance at Arizona State University.  Before joining the University at Buffalo, Mr. Abbey served as Assistant Provost for Planning and Policy Analysis for the State University of New York System where he used dashboards to report on the performance of SUNY’s 64 campuses.  He began teaching Microsoft Office classes in 1994 and has given workshops on dashboards in Excel at the AIR Forum, the NEAIR annual conference and the SAIR annual conference.


Best Practices in Enrollment Modeling: Understanding Processes and Methods

Date: October 24, 2013, 3:00-4:15 PM (EDT)

Cost: AIR Members: $125, Non-members: $175

The accuracy of student enrollment projections at colleges and universities holds institution-wide ramifications. In this webinar, participants will explore available methodologies for this activity, learning not only about the approaches in use at postsecondary institutions across the United States but also about the selection of common inputs. Later, participants will receive a walkthrough of a successful, multi-stage approach to conducting enrollment projections that has been utilized at a large research university. Although every institution has different cultural, political, and structural considerations to take into account when selecting an enrollment model, participants from most colleges and universities should be able to apply various concepts explained in this webinar to building the enrollment modeling approach that fits most unique institutional situations.


Presented by: Dr. Elayne Reiss, Director of Research and Analytics, District of Columbia Public Schools. Former Assistant Director, University Analysis and Planning Support, University of Central Florida
Dr. Elayne Reiss is the Director of Research and Analytics for District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), a PK-12 district serving approximately 45,000 students in Washington, DC. In this role, she is responsible for leading student performance-centered research to identify areas in which the district needs to deliver additional support to enable students to be academically successful.
Prior to working at DCPS, Dr. Reiss held the position of Assistant Director of University Analysis and Planning Support at the University of Central Florida (UCF) for nearly five years. In her time at UCF, Dr. Reiss conducted analyses on a variety of topics, including institutional benchmarking, student retention, and community college transfer student outcomes, but primarily led the ongoing updating and refinement of the university’s student enrollment projection models.