e-AIR Newsletter October 2013

OCTOBER 2013 NEWSLETTER, VOL. 33, ISSUE 10 | A SERVICE OF AIR SINCE 1987
Over 80% of IR Dashboards Not Publically Accessible

Communicating data to decision makers is a large part of institutional research — one that has changed a great deal with the availability of web-based tools, such as data dashboards. A recent AIR member survey explored the extent to which institutional researchers use and maintain dashboards to communicate data.

Over half of respondents (54%) indicated that their offices manage one or more dashboard. While the IR office has primary responsibility for maintaining dashboards (82%), demonstrating that many IR offices have the staff talent needed to do this work, a small proportion (11%) depend on their IT staff to manage dashboards. MORE
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BOARD CORNER
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Prepositions, Evaluations, and the Joy of Yes

By Sandi Bramblett
2013-2014 AIR President


Have you ever really thought about the difference between the words “for” and “of?” They’re both prepositions and they both originated before 900 A.D. Recent discussions with a colleague caused me to pull out a dictionary (yes, the old-fashioned Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary) and look up the two words. The word “of” is used as a “function word to indicate cause, motive, or reason.” The word “for” is also a “function word,” but in this case, it is used “to indicate purpose.”

When I first joined AIR in 1994, I referred to it as the “Association of Institutional Research” until I was (gently) corrected at the Foundations Institute. The faculty during that Institute at Northern Kentucky University made sure the participants knew not only that we are the “Association for Institutional Research,” but also that institutional research is indeed a profession. 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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Friends and colleagues on the move.
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RESOURCE REVIEW
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New Content in AIR eLibrary

In addition to publishing new content, such as biannual volumes of Professional Files, AIR provides electronic access to a wide variety of material of interest to the IR community. Recent additions to the eLibrary include a report by John Milam that explores the use of longitudinal data systems, and new electronic access to several older publications that are no longer in print. MORE
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VISUAL DISPLAY OF DATA
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Student Affairs Dashboard

By Rebecca Garland, Assistant Director of Institutional Research
Office of Institutional Effectiveness,University of St. Francis


We created a "Main Dashboard" for the University of St. Francis Board of Trustees with indicators measuring progress on initiatives of the University Strategic Plan. Several Board of Trustee Committees (Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, etc.) also have their own Dashboards measuring indicators reflective of their interests at the University; this Dashboard represents some of the indicators that the Student Affairs Committee would see on a regular basis. MORE
 
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SPECIAL FEATURE
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Where to Next? The Future of Online Education, Analytics, and Travel

Kurt Slobodzian left a faculty position to pursue work in the computer industry and focus on Data Driven Systems, yet his interest in data led him back to higher education.

He has enjoyed a wide variety of professional positions and pursued many interests, including his role as IPEDS Assistant Trainer. Kurt spoke with eAIR about the future of online education, analytics, and
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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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Using the VLOOKUP Function in Microsoft Excel

Submitted by Dale Amburgey, Assistant Director, Institutional Research, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The VLOOKUP function in Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful tools to assist with data analysis and aggregation, but it is often misunderstood. VLOOKUP allows you to search for a value from your initial dataset and return a value in another dataset based on the initial value. You can utilize VLOOKUP by inserting it from the function button or by manually entering the formula as demonstrated in this example. MORE
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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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