e-AIR Newsletter March 2015

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MARCH 2015 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 35, ISSUE 3 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Common Data Set: What’s your Return on Investment?

How much time and effort do you put into the Common Data Set (CDS) and how do you use the information after it is submitted?

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) recently conducted a survey to determine members’ time investment in the reporting of CDS data and the ways they use the information that they report.

Colleges and universities have a lot of data to report. In order to streamline the amount of effort expended to report that data and improve its quality and accuracy, a set of common definitions was established by the U.S. higher education community in collaboration with publishers, as represented by the College Board, Peterson’s, and U.S. News & World Report. MORE
 

BOARD CORNER
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Spring Training!
By Gayle Fink
2014-2015 President
It is that time of year when thoughts turn toward all things warm, including baseball.

Your AIR Board is going to warmer climates (Texas) later in March for its first face-to-face meeting of 2015. Even though we will not be teaming up against other organizations, the Board will be working through an agenda aimed at looking forward.

The Board will focus on reviewing and discussing fiscal planning within the context of Governance Policy – Executive Limitation V Financial Planning.

In this Monitoring Report, the Board will evaluate the relationship between budget planning and the established AIR Ends.

Other aspects of finance will permeate discussions such as different membership models, the Association audit, and future member needs.

The Board will also model good assessment practices by self-evaluating its effectiveness to date and by examining its practices to determine if the Board is positioned to adequately govern the Association. MORE
 
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.
 
VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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The Educational and Career Experiences of Arts Graduates
By Amber D. Dumford & Angie L. Miller, Research Analysts, Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University School of Education
The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) has collected three years of data from annual surveys in 2011, 2012, and 2013 to populate its SnaapShot site. The 2013 SnaapShot includes responses from over 92,000 arts graduates from American institutions.


The site is used to communicate key research findings to institutions, arts graduates, policy makers, and philanthropists. MORE
ASK eAIR
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Broadening Understanding of Institutional Culture
Dear Claire: IR work supports many stakeholders, meaning that IR has many “customers.” How can I broaden my understanding of institutional culture and develop a better context for stakeholders’ needs and goals?

Claire Goverts, Assistant Director for Research, Analysis, and Planning at SUNY College at Brockport, shares advice on broadening understanding of institutional culture and developing better context for stakeholders’ needs and goals. MORE


SPECIAL FEATURE
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Learning Outcomes Assessment for Educational Improvement
In February, the AIR Executive Office had the honor of hosting Satoko Fukahori, of Japan’s National Institute of Educational Policy Research. She joined us while taking a tour of U.S. centers of education in an effort to investigate IR offices and learn more about the assessment data they collect and analyze. Her stops included James Madison University and the University of Central Florida.

eAIR: What is the main focus of your work at the National Institute for Educational Policy Research?
The National Institute for Educational Policy Research (NIER) is the research arm of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), and our mission is to provide the government evidence on which to ground education policy and practice, and to share this information to the wider public. MORE


TECH TIPS
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Introduction to Google Script
By Lee Allard, Director of Institutional Research, Siena College
Many IR practitioners are familiar with Visual Basic for Applications (VBA), which allows a user to do custom programming in Excel or other Microsoft applications. VBA allows users to perform various tasks that would not be possible in Excel itself, thereby extending the functionality of Excel.

Many users (or entire institutions) are increasingly using Google for various functions, including the creation of spreadsheets and documents. Google offers an application similar to VBA, called Google Script, which allows the same kind of extended functionality in Google applications as VBA does in Microsoft applications. MORE
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
SPECIAL FEATURE
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RIHE Special Forum Issue Available for All AIR Members
AIR and Springer are pleased to provide free access to the Research in Higher Education (RIHE) Special Forum Issue for all AIR members. The issue includes five scholarly papers presented at the 2014 AIR Forum. Read more about the articles included in this issue and access the journal content.


OTHER EVENTS
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Announcements for conferences, meetings, institutes, symposiums, and other events of interest. See the LISTINGS.

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.
JOURNAL NEWS
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Good Reads for the Higher Ed Professional
Keep current with the latest news from this influential journal:

- Research in Higher Education
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