e-AIR Newsletter May 2014

MAY 2014 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 34, ISSUE 5 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Chief Institutional Researcher Salary Data Available from CUPA-HR

CUPA-HR’s Administrators in Higher Education Salary Survey provides median salary data for Chief Institutional Researchers (CIR). Data across survey years indicate salary increases between 2-3% over each of the past three years. Figure 1 highlights the median salary for Chief Institutional Researchers overall and by Carnegie Classification, as reported in the 2014 survey. The overall median salary is $90,000. The highest median salary is at Doctoral universities ($118,418) and the lowest at Baccalaureate institutions ($81,201). In addition, the median salary at Associate’s institutions ($85,000) is higher than Master’s institutions ($84,431). MORE
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BOARD CORNER
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One Great Adventure
By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President
Have you planned your trip to the Forum in Orlando yet? The Forum is just over two weeks away! This is an exciting time for the members of AIR. Whether this is your first Forum or your 40th, there’s something very special about gathering a group of 2,000 people together who understand what you do and want to help you get better at doing it.

We don’t always see the makings of the Forum, but trust me, there’s a lot of work being done by the Executive Office to make it a memorable and meaningful experience for all of us. CEO Randy Swing and his staff are the epitome of competence, efficiency, and professionalism. 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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Student Retention, Persistence, and Graduation
By Tim W. Merrill, Director of Institutional Research, Randolph-Macon College
In my continuing efforts to visually display data that are typically presented in tables, I created these simple graphs to highlight student retention, persistence, and graduation for the 2007 entering full-time, first-year cohort. This design was originally crafted with John Stanley when we were both at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa in 2011. MORE
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ASK eAIR
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Work-Life Balance in an IR Career
Ask eAIR invites questions from AIR members about the work of institutional research, careers in the field, and other broad topics that resonate with a large cross-section of readers. This month’s question is answered by Erin Aselas, Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Bastyr University and Vice President of the Pacific NW Association for Institutional Research and Planning (PNAIRP).

Dear Erin: How do I maintain a work-life balance in my IR career? 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, 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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The Power of Higher Education
Jessica Shedd has worked in a wide variety of settings, including campuses, associations, the federal government, and a state university system. She spoke with eAIR about commonalities, complexities, and frustrations throughout the higher education enterprise.

eAIR: You have worked in a variety of settings. From the outside, it seems that they are incredibly different environments. Are there any commonalities?
Absolutely. Discovering the similarities is something I really enjoy. 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 May 2014, AIR members recommended BLS Data, NCHEMS Information Center, and Trello. MORE
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TECH TIPS
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Using the FRED Excel Add-In
​By Terry McCamish, Accountability Data Analyst, Office of Technical Education, Technical College System of Georgia
As institutional researchers, we get requests for external information. One of the IR person’s go-to resources is the U.S. government. The vast wealth of data coming out of the various federal government web sites is invaluable if you are trying to put together a report to justify a new program or to assess the economic impact of your school on the overall economy.

Many of these websites provide tables that can be downloaded and loaded into Excel for manipulation. This Tech Tip covers a free Excel add-in to make pulling some of that external data much easier. 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:
- Innovative Higher Education
- Research in Higher Education
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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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