e-AIR Newsletter September 2013

SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 33, ISSUE 9 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Data Feedback Reports: Now What?
AIR members reported mixed impact of last year’s release of the Data Feedback Report (DFR). A recent survey of a sample of AIR members could help you prepare for this year’s DFR release in October.

When reflecting on the 2012 DFR, 69% of survey respondents read them, 47% distributed DFRs to others, and 19% wrote a report or made a presentation on the DFR. These data show that AIR members have close connections with these annual data reports, which are distributed to college and university presidents. MORE
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BOARD CORNER
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Seeing the Light: The Board, Cool Bikes, and the Lumina Foundation

By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President


Sandi Bramblett photoLumina is a “unit equal to the amount of light given out through a solid angle by a source of one candle intensity radiating equally in all directions”
(Dictionary.com).

My own interpretation of lumina is the glow that surrounds the flame of a candle, lighting a pathway. Since last month’s eAIR, the AIR Board gathered in Indianapolis for a two-day meeting. 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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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 September 2013, eAIR readers recommended IPEDS Data Center, Microsoft Excel, NACADA Clearinghouse, SAS, SPSS, Stata, and Tableau. MORE
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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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Program Retention Report

The Program Retention Report is a tool used by Western Carolina University (WCU) for tracking student outcomes by cohort within a program over time.

To accomplish this, each cohort of students is followed within a given program, and at each interval a determination is made as to how many were graduated or retained within their program, how many were graduated or retained at the university but outside of their program, and how many were lost completely to attrition.

The full report includes very detailed term-level data, which is then rolled up in progressively more condensed forms and finally graphed in comparison to university averages of programs at the same level. MORE

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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Critical Listening, Abstract Thinking, and Connecting the Dots

Jan Lyddon has enjoyed a variety of professional roles, including positions with a state legislature, college and university campuses, and as a consultant. Yet it is her role as a Data Coach for Achieving the Dream that has provided some of her most satisfying work.

Regardless of the setting, she has discovered that the ability to listen critically, be an abstract thinker, and connect the dots are key components of success in any setting, including IR.
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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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TECH TIPS
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Publishing Your MS Excel 2010 Dashboard Online Using SkyDrive

This Tech Tip was submitted by Donyell Francis, Data Compliance Manager, Technical College System of Georgia.

If you use MS Excel 2010 to create Dashboards and would like other users to have access to your Dashboard and its functionalities, SkyDrive is a great option. In order to use SkyDrive you will need a Windows Live account. But, if you do not already have one, they are free to set up. MORE
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RESOURCE REVIEW
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Assuring Quality: An Institutional Self-Assessment Tool for Excellent Practice in Student Learning Outcomes Assessment

Reviewed by Catherine Horn, Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Houston

Assuring Quality is the second in a series of monographs produced by the New Leadership Alliance. Its intent is to provide institutions a self-assessment tool ultimately useful in improving assessment of student learning. There is much that is valuable about this tool. 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:
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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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