eAIR Newsletter July 2017

JULY 2017 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 37, ISSUE 7 | SINCE 1987 | MEMBER EDITION
Much to be Gained from Integrated Postsecondary, Workforce Data

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New Georgetown Center Report Features Five Ways to Connect College and Careers

By Tanya I. Garcia, Associate Director of Postsecondary Policy Research and Associate Research Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Earlier this month, the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce released a new report, Career Pathways: Five Ways to Connect College and Careers, to help students, their families, and other stakeholders unpack the meaning of postsecondary credentials and assess their value in the labor market. Today’s economy requires at least some college to enter the middle class, and the report argues that this is why integrating education and workforce data will go a long way to remove the guesswork for individuals navigating college and careers.

The report features the work of eight states that have started to leverage integrated education and workforce data by developing publicly available information tools in five areas. MORE
 
BOARD CORNER
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"I Went to this Great Session at the Forum..."
Michelle Appel
2017-2018 Board Vice President

Jessica Shedd
2017-2018 Board Secretary

As often happens when returning to campus after a conference, we’ve found ourselves talking with campus colleagues about the great things we experienced at the Forum.

In addition to the fantastic location in Washington, DC, the ability to meet new colleagues and reconnect with others, and the new tools we saw in the Exhibit Hall, we also got a visit from the awesome “Racing President” mascots of the Washington Nationals! We learned so much in the sessions we attended, we wanted to highlight a few that still have us talking:

FROM JESSICA:

7 Seconds That Can Change Your Life: Presentation & Communications Skills

I am still laughing at pieces of Allison Clarke’s Opening Plenary. Her incredibly effective presentation and communication skills have led to my clear memory of several of her key takeaways (as well as the hilarious spin on the “telephone game” with brave audience participants). Given that our attention spans are typically less than 7 seconds (less than the goldfish on stage!), Allison offered and demonstrated effective ways to communicate our message in ways that will make it stick. Half clap for Allison!

If We Build It, They Will Come -- Or Will They?

I have always found that sessions including a discussion of “lessons learned” are among the most useful to me. MORE
 
CHANGING SCENE
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Who's on the Move?
New titles. New promotions. New institutions. Friends and colleagues on the move.
 
IR IN THE KNOW
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In the Interest of Few
The Regressive Benefits of Federal Student Loan Refinancing
This report from New America builds on existing student loan refinancing research by providing a detailed breakdown of Senator Elizabeth Warren’s student loan refinancing plan, which would allow existing borrowers to refinance existing student loans....MORE.
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Leveraging Your IR Office as a Change Agent
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Dear Kevork, how can my institution leverage our Office of Institutional Research as a change agent?

This is a question that is on the minds of many IR managers. In this article, I have used my experiences at Bucknell University to provide a brief overview of some of the changes we have made. I hope that some of this information may be helpful in moving your institution forward.

Generate a shift from providing data to providing actionable information. In the last several years, we continued to make progress toward transforming the identity of our office from providing data to providing actionable information. In addition to providing accurate and timely data, the real value we can bring is to help our faculty and staff colleagues determine what kind of data they need, how to analyze these data to answer specific questions, and, most importantly, how to use this information in their planning. MORE

This month’s question is answered by Kevork Horissian, Assistant Provost for Institutional Research & Assessment, Bucknell University.
SPECIAL FEATURE
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2016-2017 AIR Membership Satisfaction Survey Results
Throughout the 2016-2017 membership year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) the AIR Executive Office conducted a survey of members’ satisfaction with their AIR membership. The survey was completed in spring of 2017 and received a 22% response rate. MORE




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Thriving in IR as a Lifelong Learner
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Nicola Paterson is Project Officer in the Office of Planning and Institutional Research, University of the West Indies, Mona

eAIR: I understand that you work at a regional Caribbean university. Can you compare and contrast IR in the Caribbean with IR in North America?

I work as a Project Officer in the Office of Planning and Institutional Research at The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus, in Jamaica. The University has Campuses in Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados, and an Open Campus that provides blended and distance education. The UWI is funded by 17 territories in the Caribbean, making it a regional university.

I think that AIR serves a leading role in the theory and practice of IR. Little did I know that the work I was doing was recognized by a professional association with its own code of ethics for members. Since joining AIR in 2007, I have grown and developed professionally from AIR’s vast array of literature and scholarship and participation in the annual conferences. MORE
 
VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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How Students/Families Pay for College
By Lesley Lydell, Office of Institutional Research, University of Minnesota

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Institutional research offices generate and analyze a vast amount of data, and creating effective visual depictions of that data helps our ability to be effective information resources.

As a research and policy analyst, I have been interested in ways to balance communicating detailed information with visual clarity, impact, and usability considerations. I created the following chart using Tableau, although it could be done in many other programs. MORE
TECH TIPS
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Qualtrics Survey Design with Javascript
By Kai Chang, Director, Office of Institutional Effectiveness, Bastyr University

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Qualtrics is a robust, web-based survey application that’s very popular among IR professionals. I’ve been using Qualtrics for over five years now and particularly enjoy the freedom to customize multiple aspects of my survey design. While the canned questionnaire will probably meet 90% of your needs, sometimes a little customization makes the user experience better.

This Tech Tip introduces adding JavaScript to create fluid one-touch, click-through survey questions in Qualtrics. At the basic level, Qualtrics is nothing more than another web form – and traditional web forms can be tedious and click heavy. 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

- Journal of the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition

- Mid-Western Educational Researcher New!
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.
 
AO AND IR EVENTS
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Announcements for AO and IR community conferences, meetings, institutes, and symposiums. See the LISTINGS.
 
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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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