e-AIR Newsletter July 2013

JULY 2013 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 33, ISSUE 7 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
College Affordability and Transparency List
Is your institution on "the list"? In June, the U.S. Department of Education released the 2013 College Affordability and Transparency List. The list features institutions with the highest and lowest tuitions and net prices in the U.S. and highlights increases in college costs. The data include "full-time beginning students" and are available to the public for free.

In a recent AIR survey, 48% of respondents noted that they are very or somewhat familiar with the College Affordability and Transparency List, 33% are not familiar with it, and 20% have never heard of it. READ MORE and share your thoughts and questions.
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BOARD CORNER
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A Week at the Beach with Big Data

By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President


Summer is here and I hope that with it, you find some time to relax and unwind! My husband, our sons, and I spent a week at the beach with my husband’s family. (It’s an annual trip with 20 people who get along famously well with each other. 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). Announcements
 
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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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OPINION ESSAY
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Using Large Datasets

We are living in the era of large datasets. In her essay, Using Large Datasets, Patricia Windham explores how to move from a “see what all I have” mode to a data use mode. Join the conversation about transforming data into information, and using that information to make decisions. MORE
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RESOURCE REVIEW
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The Investment Payoff: Reassessing and Supporting Efforts to Maximize the Benefits of Higher Education for Underserved Populations

Reviewed by Meg Wright Sidle, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at University of Pikeville

The Institute for Higher Education Policy’s (IHEP) six-page report The Investment Payoff: Reassessing and Supporting Efforts to Maximize the Benefits of Higher Education for Underserved Populations provides good ideas for readers who are looking for a list of policies and practices to increase underserved students’ success in college and the workplace. MORE

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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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New Ideas for Communicating Data

eAIR's new Visual Display of Data feature provides real world examples of visual displays of data (e.g., charts, graphs). Descriptions from the author about the display are also included. AIR members are invited to provide examples and to comment on submissions. As the year progresses, AIR's Visual Display of Data library will continue to grow as we upload new examples. MORE
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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Interview with Rigoberto Rincones-Gómez

As part of Broward College’s commitment to a culture of inquiry and evidence, Rigoberto Rincones-Gómez (Associate Vice President, Division of Institutional Research, Planning and Effectiveness) is implementing The Data Ambassadors Initiative. eAIR spoke with him to learn more about this unique approach. Dr. Rincones-Gómez also offers advice about effective presentation of data and analyses, shares what inspires his work, and speaks about the value of passion in one's work. 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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TECH TIPS
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Use of Excel Text-to-Columns Feature

This Tech Tip was submitted by Mary Jo Geise, Chair and Professor of Computer Science, University of Findlay

There are times when using Excel that you may need to split a column of information into finer pieces of data. Examples of this include splitting full names into first, middle, and last names or splitting city, state, and Zip Code into their individual pieces. While you could do this with string functions, Excel has a Text-to-Columns option under the Data Tab that greatly simplifies this task. 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:
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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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