e-AIR Newsletter July 2014

JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 34, ISSUE 7 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Quick Tips for Improving Explanation in IR

AIR is pleased to share a valuable resource for institutional researchers: All members are invited to view the 2014 Forum keynote speaker presentation by Lee LeFever at no cost.

Institutional researchers are charged with describing data and analyses to stakeholders in order to inform decision making.

The challenge of concise and relatable communication of data and ideas is not unique to higher education, and we turned to expert Lee LeFever to learn more about key components of successful explanation. MORE
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Lazy Days of Summer? Now That’s Just Crazy!
By Sandi Bramblett
2014-2015 AIR Immediate Past President
I recently had lunch with a friend in the accounting profession. She was lamenting the crazy hours and endless days associated with closing out the fiscal year.

This is always a hectic time for anyone in the finance realm of higher education, and most look forward to June 35 (as they call it), when the previous fiscal year is put to rest and the new fiscal year begins.


I could only smile as the memories of a slower time in the summer came flooding back and I realized that I have no idea what downtime is anymore. Sure, there’s the requisite vacation, but re-entry after a blissful week at the beach will usually find us furiously making up the 40 hours we missed.

There’s no such thing as a slow time in academia anymore, and I’m positive you can relate. 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
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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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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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College of Staten Island Student Satisfaction Rating
​By Sam Michalowski, Director, Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, College of Staten Island/CUNY
The following data visualization is an initial foray into trend analysis of student satisfaction at the College of Staten Island.

Our IR office conducts the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (NLSSI) every two years in the spring semester in order to meet a university performance management goal of measuring and improving student satisfaction with academics and non-academic services. MORE
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AIR FORUM
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2014 Forum Photo Gallery
We hope you enjoy browsing these photo memories from the largest Forum ever.

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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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SPECIAL FEATURE
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In Your Words: Why AIR Members Value the Forum
More than 2,000 individuals engaged in the work of institutional research, assessment, and planning gathered at the 2014 AIR Forum in Orlando May 27-30. Many conference participants offered comments about how they value Forum as part of the conference evaluation.

"The Forum helped me better define what I should be doing."

"Continued focus on the quality of the sessions and the variety is what makes AIR so valuable for me."

"This conference showcases creative ideas and innovative thinking."  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 July 2014, AIR members recommended College InSight, the Economic Development and Employer Planning System, and Qualtrics. MORE
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TECH TIPS
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Creating a Thermometer Chart in Excel
​By Marlene Clapp, Senior Research Analyst, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
There may come a time when you want to track and share progress for a certain activity, such as student response to a survey. Thermometer charts are a useful graphic to display progress toward reaching a goal. This tip provides a quick look at a process for developing a basic thermometer chart in Microsoft Excel. MORE
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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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