e-AIR Newsletter February 2014

FEBRUARY 2014 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 34, ISSUE 2 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Data and Money: Are You Tuned Into PIRS?
Savvy AIR members are watching the development of a rating system that may connect IPEDS data to student financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education is developing the Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS) in response to the Obama Administration's call to publish a new system before the 2015-2016 academic year.

Who in institutional research is paying attention to PIRS? In a recent survey of AIR members, only 54% of those who work in the U.S. noted that they are “very” or “somewhat” aware of PIRS. Also, a large percentage of AIR members are not engaged in the topic.

What do you need to know about PIRS? Read MORE about PIRS, insights from AIR members who attended the recent PIRS Technical Symposium, and results of the member survey.
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BOARD CORNER
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Members Rock the Vote
By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President

If you’re a fan of the game show “Jeopardy,” you are no doubt familiar with the common category “Before and After.” Answers such as “Nursery rhyme waterspout crawler who’s a Marvel crime fighter” will prompt questions like “Who is Spiderman?” Fair warning: The title of this month’s Board Corner is a little bit like that Jeopardy category.

Let’s start with the answer: “Members of the Association for Institutional Research who were selected for the Postsecondary Institution Rating System (PIRS) Symposium panel slate of candidates.” Naturally, the question is “What is ‘you rock the vote’?”

Starting with the words “You rock,” I never cease to be amazed at the accomplishments of our colleagues. This was no more evident than in Washington, D.C., on February 6 when the following AIR members were selected to present at the PIRS technical symposium:

Braden Hosch, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Former AIR Board member Christine Keller, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; Don Hossler, Indiana University; Hans L’Orange, State Higher Education Executive Officers Association; John Pryor, Gallup; Patrick Perry, California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office; Robert Kelchen, Seton Hall University; Robert Morse, U.S. News & World Report; Russell Poulin, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education’s Cooperative for Educational Technologies; and Tod Massa, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. 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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AIR ANNOUNCEMENT
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Sharron Ronco to Serve as Coordinating Editor of Professional File, 2014-2016
The AIR Executive Office is pleased to announce that Sharron L. Ronco, Assessment Director at Marquette University, has been selected to serve as the 2014-2016 Coordinating Editor of Professional File.

A selection committee comprised of AIR members reviewed 16 applications for the position. The committee noted that Sharron’s extensive experience in assessment and institutional research provides a rich foundation for her leadership of Professional File as a journal dedicated to current issues and practical applications in our field.

AIR has been Sharron’s professional home since 1991, and she has served the Association in myriad volunteer roles. Her most recent publications are featured in New Directions for Institutional Research and The Handbook for Institutional Research.
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ASK eAIR
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How Do I Gain Respect from Senior Leaders?
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 Braden Hosch, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness at Stony Brook University.

Dear Braden: I am interested in advancing professionally, and I have already completed as much formal education as I can reasonably accomplish. What else can I do to be seen as a professional by senior leaders? MORE
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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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High Impact Practices at UD
By Kevin R. Guidry, Senior Research Analyst, Center for Teaching & Assessment of Learning University of Delaware
This image was originally created to inform discussion at a First Friday Roundtable on teaching held in the spring of 2013. The roundtable focused on high-impact practices, and this visualization illustrated baseline data for our discussion as we examined the extent to which we – faculty and staff– are engaged in practices that have the characteristics of these high-impact practices. We used these data to introduce the broad topic and ensure we held a common understanding of things. We then moved on to apply a high-impact rubric derived from the characteristics to specific practices in which participants engage. MORE
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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Understanding Student Voting Rates
What do we know about student voter registration and voting rates? eAIR spoke with Nancy Thomas to get an update on the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement. 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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RESOURCES
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IRecommend: Resources for IR
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 February, eAIR asked a random sample of AIR members what data-related websites they rely on for their work. Recommended resources include AEA365, FlowingData, and O*NET OnLine. MORE
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TECH TIPS
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Specifying Output in SAS
By Steven Graunke, Assistant Director for Survey Research and Standard Reports, Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis
SAS users have access to a number of useful options for receiving output. ODS RTF is particularly useful, as it enables users to export results into rich text format (.rtf), which can easily be edited using word-processing software. To specify that output is received in .rtf requires an ods statement. 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:
- New Directions for Institutional Research (Call for Contributors)
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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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