eAIR Newsletter July 2012

JULY 2012 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 32, ISSUE 7 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
AIR SURVEY: 2012 FORUM EVALUATION
AIR invited Forum attendees to evaluate their experiences at the 2012 Forum in New Orleans. AIR surveyed 1,752 Forum attendees, who were randomly assigned to four groups, each of which received a different version of the survey so that a number of topics could be evaluated using sampling to avoid survey fatigue from an overly long instrument. The first five questions were the same for each survey; the remaining questions addressed the topics of Forum-Related Communications, Professional Development, Record Attendance, or Session Evaluations. The survey was administered June 12-22, 2012, and the response rate was 54% (947). Topics mentioned by five or more people are shared; the full data set, including comments, is available to AIR members with identifying information removed (see MORE below).
General Feedback

Overall, conference attendees were pleased with the 2012 Forum. Ninety-six percent of respondents expressed that they were very satisfied or satisfied with their experiences. A clear majority of Forum participants (91%+) found value in the concurrent sessions; garnered tools, resources, or solutions they can quickly apply to their work; were inspired to think of their own solutions or innovations; and enjoyed the keynote speakers.

The survey purposely focused attention on suggestions for improvements. Even with a 96% satisfaction rating, participants readily offered suggestions for further refinements of the Forum. The most common suggestions related to types of educational programming, schedule design, the availability of food and lunch breaks, conference center and hotel features, and opportunities for networking.

Seven out of ten attendees found the conference to be an appropriate value. An additional 16% thought that the conference was a very good financial value for a total of 86% rating the financial value of the Forum positively. Only 14% thought that the Forum was too expensive. MORE
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BOARD CORNER
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Add Board Report to Summer Reading List

By Julie Carpenter-Hubin
2012 - 2013 AIR President


Greetings! I hope that you are able to find some time this summer to relax and recharge. I’m looking forward to a couple of weeks on the beach with Daniel Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow (he won a Nobel Prize in economic science in 2002), followed by as many mystery novels as I can devour. 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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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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AIR MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
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Interview of Dr. Mihir

Dr. Mihir is the Director of Institutional Research in the Division of Institutional Effectiveness at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut.

Interview by Leah Ewing Ross

eAIR: Please briefly describe your professional experience, including how you entered the field of institutional research, and what led to your current position at Norwalk Community College.


Prior to moving to the United States in 2002, I was in India, and had completed my first master’s degree. My father, an educator, wanted me to become a teacher and work for a school he attended. My intentions were different, but with a common cause. I wanted to grow professionally and experience the best that education has to offer so that I could bring more to the ones in need of my service. MORE
 
 
TECH TIPS
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Handy-Dandy SAS Functions, Part 2 of 3: The zipcitydistance Function

This Tech Tip was provided by Onecia Gibson, Research and Analysis Director Assistant, Office of Institutional Research, University of Kentucky. This second part of the three-part series on Handy-Dandy SAS Functions presents the use of the zipcitydistance function available in SAS releases 9.2 and following.

At times, our university administrators want to know the distance between the institution and the hometowns of our students. Prior to the release of SAS 9.2, finding the distance between two cities involved coding a trigonometrically based formula for calculating distance between two points identified by latitude and longitude. MORE

 
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OPINION PAPER
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The Future of Institutional Research: Business Intelligence

In his essay, The Future of Institutional Research: Business Intelligence, E. Rob Stirton encourages institutional researchers to look to leading businesses for techniques that can inform our practices in higher education. Readers are invited to join a conversation about the role of BI in the future of IR. MORE

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PROFESSIONAL FILE
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Integrating the Functions of Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness, and Information Management

The objective of this paper is to identify common essential information and data needs of colleges and universities and to suggest a model to integrate these data needs into one office or department. The paper suggests there are five major data and information foundations that are essential to the effective functioning of an institution. MORE


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JOURNAL NEWS
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Time for summer reading? See below for the most recent journal editions.
- Innovative Higher Education
- Research in Higher Education

 
 
 
 
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
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AIR welcomes brief (under 75 words) announcements of interest to the IR and assessment communities, such as the release of a report or survey, or funding opportunities. Send your announcement to eAIR@airweb.org and include a link to your website, a contact name, and email address. Get your news in eAIR today.
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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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JOBS
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There are 125 Jobs Listed on AIR's Job Board. Search Now!
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THANK YOU
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Special 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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