e-AIR Newsletter April 2012

 

APRIL 2012 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 32, ISSUE 4 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
AIR Survey: 28% Use e-Readers for Scholarly and Professional Materials
In a recent survey, AIR learned that overall, IR officers are more likely to read scholarly and professional material on their computers than on their e-readers. IR professionals who use e-readers are most likely to use them to view casual reading content.

Twenty-eight percent of survey respondents frequently or occasionally use their e-readers to read scholarly and professional material. However, some respondents expressed that they would read more scholarly and professional material on their e-readers if more e-publications were available. One member explained: "Because my tablet and phone allow for PDF document viewing, I've actually scanned several AIR documents to allow for access off-line. E-copies of AIR materials would allow me more convenient access, and I would be more apt to spend time reading such content."

The survey indicated that IR professionals value access to both electronic and print forms of work-related material. In particular, survey respondents expressed appreciation for the "searchability" feature of electronic reading materials. Several members who prefer paper-based publications described access to publications in both formats as "the best of all worlds," which is consistent with respondents' interest in the development of an AIR e-library for easy access to scholarly and professional materials. View the full survey results.
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BOARD CORNER
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Board Members' Commitment Makes Service a Pleasure

By Jennifer Brown
2011- 2012 AIR President


Time sure flies when you're having fun.

The Board met for its monthly teleconference on April 3, with a full slate of business. Some days before the meeting, we received three monitoring reports. These are the mechanisms through which the Board is able to hold the CEO accountable for adhering to the Board's policies.

This time, we looked at the biannual reports on the Treatment of Staff and the Treatment of Members as well as the quarterly report on the Financial Conditions and Activities. These reports, which are read carefully by each Board member before discussion, enable the Board to ensure that the CEO's interpretation of the relevant policy is reasonable or to make policy adjustments if further clarification is required. MORE
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CHANGING SCENE
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Who's on the Move?

New titles. New promotions. New institutions. Friends and colleagues on the move.
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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News and Notes 

Call for Proposals: Library Leadership

FSU IR Certificate Program Announces Summer Courses

AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey

NCSES Announcements and Publications

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RESOURCE REVIEW
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SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional
College Admissions
Teachers College Press (2011) / Joseph A. Soares (Editor)
Reviewed by Catherine Horn

Joseph A. Soares' edited volume, SAT Wars: The Case for Test-Optional College Admissions, is a collection of essays written to address three broad areas: the history of admissions and testing; institutional case studies, new approaches, and the removal of test bias; and evaluations of test-optional policies. While the authors vary in their specific perspectives, analytical approaches, and inferences, as the editor notes in the final chapter, all share the conclusions that high school grades represent the best predictor of college success, and that colleges and universities need to carefully (re)consider the "effectiveness and fairness" of their admissions practices. MORE
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IR APPLICATIONS
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A Growth Model for the Academic Program Life Cycle (APLC): A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis

Each program's life flows through several stages: introduction, growth, maturity, and decline. A mixed-influence diffusion growth model was fitted to annual enrollment data on academic programs to analyze the factors determining progress of academic programs through their life cycles. Results indicate that key factors accounting for progress of academic programs through the life cycle are external information, social and behavioral factors, and economic factors. The model's application for analyzing market dynamics and long-range forecasting is demonstrated. MORE
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IR OPINION PAPER
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Finding a Seat at the Table

In his essay, Finding a Seat at the Table, G.L. Donhardt advocates for change in the IR profession and calls for inclusion of chief IR officers at the highest levels of campus decision making. Readers are invited to join a conversation about what it means to find a seat at the executive tables on their campuses. MORE
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AIR EVENTS
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Data and Decisions Academy Scholarships

Data and Decisions Academy Presidential Scholarships for community college IR professionals open April 30. Visit the Academy site for more information.
 

 

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SPECIAL FEATURES
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Getting to Know Dawn Geronimo Terkla

The goal of eAIR Special Features is to foster broad knowledge and appreciation of the diverse membership of AIR, and of the different professional contexts and activities in which members are engaged.

Dawn Geronimo Terkla describes what she enjoys about her role as an academic advisor and how it informs her work in institutional research. She is the Associate Provost of Institutional Research, Assessment, and Evaluation at Tufts University. MORE

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IR IN THE KNOW
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The Latest Issues in Higher Education

IR in the Know keeps you up to date on current and emerging issues related to higher education data collection, analyses, and reporting with a brief summary of topics and links to more detailed information. The Policy Watch section alerts readers to developing policy news and topics that may warrant attention over the next few months. MORE
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TECH TIPS
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The Importance of Protecting Your Passwords

This Tech Tip zeros in on a hush-hush, sometimes embarrassing topic - passwords. How secure are your passwords? Do you use the same password for Amazon, Gmail, university logins, and bank accounts?

We're asked to create new usernames and passwords almost daily. Of course, we often take the easiest path - and reuse the same password over and over. We dedicate entire teams of people at our universities to secure systems, monitor system security, and administer access to our systems, but ultimately, the system security is only as good as its weakest link. MORE
 
 
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JOURNAL NEWS
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Good Reads for the Higher-Ed Professional

Keep current with the latest news from this influential journal:
- Innovative Higher Education

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IPEDS NEWS
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Shedd Named Acting IPEDS Program Director

Longtime AIR member Jessica Shedd has been appointed Acting IPEDS Program Director, effective May 21. Before joining NCES, Jessica served in Institutional Research at University of Maryland, College Park. Congratulations, Jessica.
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OTHER EVENTS
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Announcements for conferences, meetings, institutes, symposiums, and other events of interest. See the LISTINGS.
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JOBS
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There are 120 Jobs Listed on AIR's Job Board. Search Now!
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THANK YOU
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Special 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.
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