eAIR Newsletter January 2013

 

JANUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 33, ISSUE 1 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
New IR Tool: Student Voting Data
Is "educating responsible citizens" part of your institution's mission? How do you know whether your students fulfill their role as active citizens? A new tool is available that allows institutional researchers to learn how many of your students registered to vote, voted, and how (absentee or regular ballot) in 2012. These data can drive conversations about the effectiveness of civic learning experiences on campus and about increasing student political engagement in 2014 and 2016. READ MORE and share your thoughts and questions.
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BOARD CORNER
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Board Seeks to Meet Varied Member Needs

By Julie Carpenter-Hubin
2012- 2013 AIR President


Our February Board of Directors meeting will focus on what we have learned this year about the current and future needs of our members. One major source of information we now have is the report commissioned by our Voice of the Members Ad Hoc Committee, which looks at the needs of the early career professional (ECP) in institutional research. 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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Federal Policy Issues to Watch in 2013

AIR members know that the "talk around D.C." often results in new work on our desks - "trickle down" is not just an economic term. It is smart to keep an eye on the federal government scene, and to that end, eAIR asked four Washington data policy insiders to predict what is coming in 2013. MORE
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TECH TIPS
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Working with Pivot Tables

Provided by Sue Powers, Director of Institutional Effectiveness, Champlain College

Do you use pivot tables to summarize data, but find that the format can be frustrating? For example, do you need to see student IDs and first and last names on one row as you would in a regular report? If so, you will find that Excel makes creating this layout quick and easy. MORE

 

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RESOURCE REVIEW
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Painting With Numbers: Presenting Financials and Other Numbers So People Will Understand You
 
Randall Bolten (John Wiley & Sons, 2012)

Reviewed by Michelle Kiec

Painting With Numbers features quantation, defined as "the act of presenting numbers, such as financial results, electronically or in written form for the purpose of informing an audience." The book examines three categories of quantation rules: Deadly Sins are formats best avoided, Strong Advice includes ideas that will save time or minimize frustration, and Laws of Quantation presents principles used to create reports that are more easily and readily understood. 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). January 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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JOBS
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