e-AIR Newsletter November 2014

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NOVEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 34, ISSUE 11 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
The IR Budget

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) conducted a survey in April 2014 to determine institutions’ use of business intelligence (BI), the IR budget, and the responsibility of the IR office to purchase BI software.

The Changing IR Budget
We asked respondents to anticipate how their IR offices’ budgets will change over the next three years; the responses were very different by sector.
  • All Respondents: We found that 46% of respondents expect no change in their budgets, and 32% expect their budgets to expand over the next three years.
  • Public Four-Year Institutions: Disaggregating by U.S. sector, we found that more than half of respondents from public four-year institutions believe their budgets will stay the same, and 28% anticipate expansion of their budgets over the next three years. MORE
 

BOARD CORNER
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Voice of the Members: You Were Heard
By Gayle Fink
2014-2015 AIR President
During the summer, members were asked for comments regarding proposed changes to the AIR Bylaws. While most comments supported the suggested editorial change (Section 4), many members raised concerns about removing the specific membership categories from the Bylaws.

These concerns included a lack of consistency and stability in categories from year to year as well as transparency. Others mentioned the perception of the diminished roles of membership in the Association. Many pointed out that the Board already has the flexibility to add membership categories. 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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Categorizing Precalculus Final Grades by Campus and SAT/Placement Test Score
Nathan Rush, Research Analyst, Office of Institutional Research, Becker College
The following data visualization was created as part of a departmental review (mathematics) at Becker College. Becker operates two campuses, and while some programs and courses are exclusive to one or the other, many general education courses have sections on both. MORE
ASK eAIR
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The Key to Advancement in IR: Technical or Communication Skills?
Dear Bob: In your recent conference presentation, Six Stages of Growth for the IR Professional, you stated that an institutional researcher should continually develop his or her technical and communication skills. Which of these is more important for career development and advancement?

Robert Daly, Assistant Vice Chancellor (Retired), Strategic Academic Research and Analysis at the University of California, Riverside, explains that “both are important, but the degree of importance varies at each stage of your career advancement.” MORE




SPECIAL FEATURE
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An IR Perspective on Advancement and Alumni Relations
Jerold (Raldy) Laguilles is the Coordinator of Institutional Research at Springfield College in Springfield, Mass. Raldy received the 2014 Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) H.S. Warwick Research Award in Alumni Relations for Education Advancement. Raldy has been an AIR member for nine years and was awarded a Fellowship for Graduate Study in 2008 and participated in the National Data Institute in 2009. He talks about his recent research and his professional development experiences with AIR.

eAIR: What is the H.S. Warwick Research Award, and what do you research?

The H.S. Warwick Research Award is one of several awards given by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the professional association that serves advancement professionals in educational institutions. Specifically, this award recognizes scholarly research that impacts educational advancement practitioners in alumni relations. Earlier in my professional career, I worked in alumni relations for several years. MORE


TECH TIPS
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Using Macros in MS Word to Export Codes and Notes
By Keith Proctor, Training and Development Manager, CommTech
If you work with qualitative data then you know that managing data sources can be a real challenge. In a recent study we collected a lot of interview data that was transcribed into Microsoft Word. We then went through the Word documents coding different passages and themes. At the end of the process we needed a way to export the codes, notes, and passages for further analysis. Here is how we used a macro to export the comments.
  1. In Word, use comments to highlight key passages.
  2. In the comment, include your codes at the top and put your notes below the codes. MORE
SPECIAL FEATURE
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The Missing “S” in Ivory Tower
By Christopher M. Mullin
AIR member Christopher M. Mullin reviewed the documentary Ivory Tower: Is College Worth the Cost?, which will be featured at the 2015 AIR Forum in Denver.

I admit that I begrudgingly set aside time to watch Ivory Tower, readying myself for a barrage of rhetorical questions on the value of higher education with valid arguments being made on both sides…[but] much to my surprise, and delight, I found neither a circular debate nor a biased film. MORE




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
- Journal of Higher Education


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.


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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