e-AIR Newsletter May 2015

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MAY 2015 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 35, ISSUE 5 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Avoiding Data Warehouse Pitfalls

Are you involved in developing or implementing a data warehouse? If so, there are some things you should probably know.

When asked about data warehouses, AIR members report that they’re very prevalent; of the one-third of campus and system IR respondents who say their institution doesn’t use one currently, 60% say that there are plans to implement one.

What is surprising is that concerns voiced by that group are markedly different from the experiences of those who have implemented data warehouses. Of note, none of those planning a data warehouse foresee any struggles regarding the costs of funding and potential staffing shortfalls.

However, those who have been involved in data warehouse implementation have much to say regarding those particular pitfalls. MORE
 

BOARD CORNER
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Collaborative Leadership and Moving On
By Gayle Fink
2014-2015 AIR President
Where does the time go? Weren’t we just together in Orlando talking about new or different approaches to institutional research and growing our professional skills and network? Orlando was a turning point for me.

The transition from Board Vice President to President pushed me to examine the very nature of leadership and how effective leaders lead.

Collaborative leadership is the way to go. A belief that power is greatest in the collective group, the value of openly sharing knowledge and the advantages of brainstorming are just three attributes of collaborative leadership.

It’s a good thing that collaborative leadership aligns with AIR Governance Policies. 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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ASPPH Data Center Infographic
By Emily M. Burke, Program Manager of Data Analytics, Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health
The Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) Data Center created this infographic to answer questions that we often receive regarding students and graduates of public health, such as "What do students study and where do they find employment following graduation?" The infographic is intended to provide an easily consumed snapshot of several key data points.

This infographic will be printed on postcards and shared with attendees of the ASPPH Annual Meeting, many of whom have recently joined the association, in order to promote the ASPPH Data Center showcase. MORE
ASK eAIR
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Toolkits for IR Practitioners
Dear Eric: What should an IR professional/practitioner have in his/her toolkit?

With the availability of so much technology and so many data sources, IR professionals are better positioned now to collect and analyze data than ever before. We are explorers in this age of big data and analytics, but within the context of our institutions' immediate demands for decision support, we must make wise use of our resources. To that end, there are a number of items that IR professionals should have in their toolkits.

Eric Lovik, Director of Institutional Research, Reporting, and Assessment at Radford University in Virginia, shares advice on creating your IR toolkit. MORE



SPECIAL FEATURE
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Higher Ed and Healthcare: The Common Parallels
​Emme Deland is Senior Vice President for Strategy at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH), and is responsible for developing the overall strategic plan for NYPH including both clinical and corporate plans. Emme will present the closing keynote address at the AIR 2015 Forum in Denver, Colorado.

eAIR: Initially, it seems a little unusual that a senior VP of a hospital would address institutional researchers in higher education. Can you speak to how your work relates to higher education?
There are actually a lot of similarities between healthcare and education, beyond the fact that education is one of the core missions of an academic medical center such as NewYork-Presbyterian.

In both of our fields, people are our core resource—and by far our largest expense. Additionally, our workforces are both highly dependent upon experts—physicians in healthcare, and professors in higher education—and administrators need to balance their demands with the overall mission and goals of the organization. MORE

TECH TIPS
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Excel Indexing and Spinner Controls
​By Shawn LaRoche, Research Analyst, Mount Wachusett Community College
Myriad options exist for selecting subsets of data and analyzing them in Excel. Many analysts use complicated tables and often need coding and/or programming skills to make data meaningful.

However, other analyses are simple and do not require any complex formatting, programming, or coding. An Excel “spinner” control used in tandem with indexed data is a useful option for simple analysis of small- or medium-sized datasets. 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
JOURNAL NEWS
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Good Reads for the Higher Ed Professional
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.
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