e-AIR Newsletter August 2013

AUGUST 2013 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 33, ISSUE 8 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Secrets Revealed: The Value of Secret Shopping
Image of private investigator Got a secret? Twenty-eight AIR members had secrets at the 2013 Forum in Long Beach when they served as AIR Secret Shoppers.

IR and assessment professionals find themselves involved in all kinds of evaluation projects; use of secret shoppers to evaluate college and university services should be in your assessment tool kit and at the ready. Read MORE to learn about the Forum Secret Shoppers and discover ways in which secret shopping can inform your work.
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BOARD CORNER
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Looking into the Crystal Ball…

By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President


Sandi Bramblett photo When my institution wrote our most recent strategic plan, we did something that was out of the ordinary. We wrote the plan for 25 years out, taking us to the year 2035. Now, this might seem counter-intuitive to those of us who are used to thinking about strategic plans as our guiding light for five to seven years. 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 should be less than 75 words). 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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TECH TIPS
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Using ZeeMaps to Create a Free Map

This Tech Tip was submitted by Eric Godin, Associate Director of Education, Association for Institutional Research

ZeeMaps is an online mapping service that allows users to easily create, publish, and share interactive maps. Maps are stored on ZeeMaps’ server and can be printed or shared with colleagues. While many of the advanced ZeeMap features are only available after purchasing a subscription, you will be surprised at what you can do for free. The following Tech Tip shows how to use the free options of ZeeMaps to map AIR’s 2012-2013 membership (focusing on the United States). MORE
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 RESOURCES
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IRecommend: Resources for IR (NEW FEATURE)

Always on the look-out for quick solutions or new tools? Peruse these brief synopses of resources AIR members find helpful, and share your recommendations in the comments section.

In August 2013, eAIR readers recommended Doodle, Research Methods Knowledge Base, and Weave Engaged. MORE

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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Interview with Angie Choi

Angie Choi Photo Angie Choi uses national data in her roles as a full-time higher education administrator and part-time doctoral student.

In a conversation with eAIR, Angie offers suggestions for individuals hesitant to work with large datasets, reflects on ways that data inform her understanding of education policy, and shares how she strives to maintain balance in a busy world. 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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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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Ten Year Freshman Profile: Admission Stats & Admit and Enroll Rates

This visual display provides an overview of freshman enrollment trends over the past 10 years on a single handout, which is useful for meetings and presentations. By using the spark line feature of Excel, the reader is provided an easy-to-read visual display in addition to the tabular data. MORE
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RESOURCE REVIEW
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Community College Student Success: From Boardrooms to Classrooms

Community College Student Success Cover ImageReviewed by Tara M. Cope, Research Assistant in the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation at SUNY Adirondack

Community College Student Success is the third book in the ACE series on community colleges. Each chapter takes the form of a detailed literature review of one of the main topics: remediation, social integration, student finances, workforce education, student transfer, and reform.  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 these influential journals:
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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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