e-AIR Newsletter February 2013

FEBRUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 33, ISSUE 2 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
AIR Launches eLibrary: A New Member Benefit
The AIR eLibrary is a new member benefit that provides easy access to publications. AIR members can view AIR books, Professional Files, and IR Applications online for free, download some publications for offline use, and order hard copy books.
 
In recent weeks, a soft launch was conducted to test and polish the site and ensure ease of use. More than 4,000 page views were logged, and users continue to comment on the eLibrary’s convenience and ease of use. The feedback gathered has helped shape this new benefit, and additional enhancements will be made in the months to come.
 
Visit the eLibrary to explore AIR publications. Sign in to your AIR member account for the full experience.
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BOARD CORNER
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Visionary Candidates Shape the Future of the Association

By Julie Carpenter-Hubin
2012- 2013 AIR President


As you go to the online polls to vote for your AIR Board At-Large Members, Vice President, and Nominations and Elections Committee members, I hope you’ll keep in mind the policy governance system under which we now operate. Policy governance calls for the AIR Board of Directors to be the voice of AIR membership. While Board members have always represented their colleagues, our new governance system means that this is our entire focus. No longer do we engage in the day-to-day operations of our Association – today, the Board is responsible for establishing our vision for the future, delegating the fulfillment of that vision to the Association’s CEO, and holding the CEO responsible for fulfilling that vision. While the Board was previously made up of officers and chairs, each responsible for a particular set of responsibilities or a committee, the Board now governs as a whole and "speaks with one voice." 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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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Lessons Learned: AIR Leaders Share Nuggets of Wisdom

The career paths that lead to institutional research are varied. As a result, the shared learning experiences available to AIR members are rich and diverse. To that end, eAIR asked members of the AIR Board of Directors to reflect on their careers and share advice they wish they had received as new professionals. MORE
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TECH TIPS
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AGGREGATE Function in Excel 2010: "One Statistical Function to Replace Them All" 

Provided by Jim Fergerson, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn.

Do you ever need to do a series of summary statistics calculations on specific subsets of data in an Excel spreadsheet? For example, you may need to repeatedly calculate the same set of statistics for faculty by rank, for students by class year, or for various peer groups. If so, you should look at the little-known (and not well-documented) AGGREGATE function that was introduced in Microsoft Excel 2010. MORE

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BEST PAPER AWARD
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Best Paper Award Winners Announced

AIR is pleased to announce that Gary R. Pike and Stephen R. Porter are the 2012 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award Winners. MORE




 
 

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RESOURCE REVIEW
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National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis
 
An NCHEMS Online Resource

Reviewed by Pat Windham

The National Information Center for Higher Education Policymaking and Analysis, more commonly known as Higher Ed Info, was developed by the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. The mission of the center is “to provide state policymakers and analysts timely and accurate data and information that are useful in making sound higher education policy decisions.” That mission is being met by an interactive website using national datasets to provide state-level information, including data on college attainment, access, finance, and general workforce and economic conditions. 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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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). February Announcements
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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:
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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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