e-AIR Newsletter December 2013

DECEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 33, ISSUE 12 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Tracking Student Achievement
Shouldn’t your institution receive full credit for all student success? Traditional measures of student success—limited to full-time, first-time students—severely underreport student success at many colleges and universities. The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) Project is the talk of the town; if your institution isn’t already taking part, you will surely be asked about this program in the future. Read on for the scoop on this alternative approach to measuring student success. MORE
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BOARD CORNER
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An Attitude of Gratitude...the Big Thank You
By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President
My family and I participated in a recent drive, sponsored by a local radio station, called “The Big Thank You.” Our goal was to provide handwritten letters to every man and woman in military service overseas on Thanksgiving. It was an easy thing to do and hopefully brought a little bit of joy to our service personnel who are away from families and friends for the holidays.

As we move into the holiday season, it’s hard not to get caught up in practicing gratitude. I am grateful for the group of volunteers called the AIR Board of Directors.
 
These 12 people define professionalism and have a passion for our Association. You may not realize how dedicated these folks are and what they are doing behind the scenes to ensure that your Association is moving forward under Policy Governance. There are three groups studying various aspects of Board operations. 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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RESOURCES
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IRecommend: Resources for IR
Always on the lookout 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 December 2013, eAIR readers recommended Academic Insights, QlikView, The Handbook of Institutional Research, and w3schools. MORE
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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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Visualization of “Internal” Demand
By Tim Stanley, Utah Valley University
 
As part of our academic program prioritization process, decision makers at UVU need to understand how a department’s course offerings are utilized outside of the department.
  
Many departments on campus generate a large amount of credit, despite having only a few majors. Looking only at the retention and graduation of their students offers an incomplete perspective into the department’s productivity. Departments offering general education courses or courses required by majors outside the department have this additional argument of “internal demand” during the prioritization process. MORE
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ASK eAIR
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New Feature: Ask eAIR
Ask eAIR invites questions from AIR members about the work of institutional research, careers in the field, and other broad topics that resonate with a large cross-section of readers. This month’s question is answered by Mary Ann Coughlin, Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Springfield College and AIR Past-President (2007-2008).

Dear Mary Ann: How do you engage with other offices on campus to build relationships and friendships? MORE
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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Reflections on Documenting and Defining the Work of IR (and Everything Else)
Fred Lillibridge didn’t know anything about institutional research until his graduate school advisor introduced him to it in 1989. After more than 20 years in the field, he is committed to helping AIR document the work of IR. Without a readily available and succinct definition of IR, he uses various catchphrases to explain his work, including “I’m in charge of everything else.” 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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TECH TIPS
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Mapping Admission Data with Google Maps Engine
By Steven White, Data Research Analyst, North Carolina State University
Eric Poirier, Business & Technology Analyst, North Carolina State University
Google Maps Engine is a free mapping tool that can be used to generate accessible maps through the user’s Google account, hyperlinks, or other social networks.
 
We wanted to use Google Maps to create an efficient process to assist admissions officers in planning and preparing for high school visits. In this example, we created a travel route for high schools in San Antonio. With Google Maps, the user can create custom routes from college fairs to targeted high schools, including schools that would be overlooked. 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:
- Journal of Higher Education
- Research in Higher Education
- Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition
- Innovative Higher Education
- New Directions for Institutional Research
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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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JOBS
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