e-AIR Newsletter August 2014

AUGUST 2014 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 34, ISSUE 8 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Report on Survey Results: White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault

In 2014, President Obama created the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. The Task Force recommended that colleges and universities address the issue of sexual assault in three ways: 1) conduct campus climate studies, 2) provide preventative education to change climates and behaviors, and 3) respond effectively to victims of sexual assault.

AIR recently conducted a survey to determine members’ awareness of the Task Force and found that 75% of senior institutional research/institutional effectiveness respondents have limited or no awareness. MORE
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BOARD CORNER
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One Door Closes, Another Opens
By Gayle Fink
2014-2015 AIR President
Earlier this summer, Dr. Hansel Burley announced his resignation from the AIR Board of Directors. In his two years of service on the Board, Hansel has encouraged deep thought and presented a variety of options to issues facing the Board. His thoughtful philosophy on governance, his sense of humor, and his tremendous passion for research and scholarship are traits that his fellow Board members have come to appreciate.

Prior to the AIR Board, Hansel served the profession as past president of the Traditionally Black College and University (TBCU) special interest group, a presenter at multiple AIR Forums, a member of the AIR Professional Development Services Committee, and an active member of TAIR and SAIR. Hansel is a Professor of Educational Psychology at Texas Tech University (TTU), and in 2012 was the editor for Cases on Institutional Research Systems.

Please join me in thanking Hansel for his commitment to the institutional research profession, AIR, and, especially, the Board. Hansel, you will be missed, but I know you are only a phone call or email away. MORE
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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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
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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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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Three-Year Snapshot Comparison: NSSE Results
​By Sheilynda Stewart, Director of Institutional Research,
East Central University
This dashboard provides a three-year snapshot comparison of results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).


Decision makers at East Central University use results from NSSE to measure student engagement educational practices that are empirically linked to outcomes such as persistence, satisfaction, and graduation. Source data for this visualization was compiled in Microsoft Excel to create the charts on this dashboard. MORE
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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Business Intelligence Software: Feedback from IR Professionals
Choosing the correct business intelligence software solution for your institution can be challenging. In a recent survey of AIR members, 68% of respondents said their IR offices either participate in decisions or are the decision makers in choosing their institutions’ BI solutions, and 74% of respondents note their ideal software tools would provide access to all required data. 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, and is presented in three categories: Reports and Tools: summaries of resources and research; Emerging Topics: developing ideas and discussions from the field; and Policy Watch: national policy news and topics. MORE
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Expanding the Campus IR Function
Lei Wang is Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness at Tallahassee Community College (TCC). She has nearly 20 years of experience in institutional planning, research, and effectiveness and education policy research. Lei spoke with eAIR about expanding the function of IR.

eAIR: Why do you think it is important for the IR function to expand?

The importance of IR has grown in part because of rapid changes taking place in higher education. The leaders of higher education institutions realize they must be strategic in meeting the needs of the students, future employers, and the public. Institutional planning, resource allocation, and policy formation all require data that make possible a deeper understanding of the institution and its properties and attributes. MORE

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TECH TIPS
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Essential Excel Shortcuts
​By Gary Moser, Director of Institutional Research, The California Maritime Academy
Excel is universal and almost irresistible in that it gives individuals the ability to directly interact with data and its formatting. This feature, unfortunately, encourages “finger-painting,” or interacting with data in a non-systematic, cell-by-cell way that inevitably introduces errors and inconsistencies.

All Excel users should familiarize themselves with Ray Panko’s fascinating research on spreadsheet errors. For those of us who choose to use Excel (or must), learning to use shortcuts can dramatically improve productivity, give us more systematic ways to interact with our data, and help to avoid injury caused by excessive mouse use. 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:
- Research in Higher Education
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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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THANK YOU
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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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