AIR Forum Phoenix, AZ June 6-9, 2022

Featured Sessions

Featured sessions are the highest rated concurrent sessions (from the session review process) and have a compelling topic of high interest. Available throughout the conference—look for them in daily session selections. 

These sessions receive designation in program listings and will be recorded for future use. Presenters, the deadline to upload your session recording is May 23, 2022. View resources (PDF) for guides, templates, tips, and more. 

Tip: Visit Session Listing and select Featured Session > Yes for additional featured session information such as session type and description. 

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Actionable Intelligence @ Buffalo = Analytics + Tableau + People 
by Brian O'Connor, University at Buffalo and Shannon Mahany-Kulinski, University at Buffalo 

Assessing Sense of Belonging to Improve Student Retention & Success 
by Allison BrckaLorenz, Indiana University Bloomington and Jillian Kinzie, Indiana University Bloomington

Baccalaureate origins of U.S. doctorates: perspectives on productivity 
by Jonathan Gordon, RTI International and Kelly Kang, National Science Foundation 

Beyond Dashboards: How We Changed the Fabric of Decision Making 
by Mark Neumann, Sheridan College, Mark Chapman, Sheridan College and Dean Langan, Sheridan College 

Building Data Literacy and Use in Decision Making in Practice 
by Jason Simon, University of North Texas, Loralyn Taylor, Ohio University and Krisztina Filep, University of Massachusetts Amherst 

CDS: Annual Update, How It Is Used by Publishers, and Proposed New Question 
by Robert Morse, U.S. News & World Report, Jeremy Serna, Peterson's and Ashley Robinson-Spann, College Board 

Curriculum analytics as process mapping: An overview with examples 
by Stefano Fiorini, Indiana University - Bloomington, Gina Deom, Indiana University - Bloomington, Mike Sauer, Indiana University - Bloomington, Linda Shepard, Indiana University - Bloomington and Julie Teague, Indiana University - Bloomington 

Data Visualization Forensics: Techniques to Detect and Debunk Data 
by Anthony Gray, University of Toronto and Aurora Mendelsohn, University of Toronto 

Destiny Unbound: A Look at How Far from Home Students Go for College 
by Rob Toutkoushian, University of Georgia 

Early Bird Gets the Grade: Priority Registration Signals Student Success 
by Adam Blevins, Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Brandi Thomas, Bluegrass Community and Technical College 

Engaging campus stakeholders in data dialogue and action 
by Kristin Buscher, Creighton University 

Examining the Impact of a Test Optional Policy on Freshman Admissions 
by David Mongold, University of Hawaii System 

Examining Transfer Student Success: A Tale of Two Systems’ Studies 
by David Troutman, Office of Institutional Research and Analysis at The University of Texas System and Colin Chellman, City University of New York 

Faculty Engagement: Key to a GOOD Assessment Culture 
by FELIX WAO, University of Oklahoma 

From Self-Service to Storytelling: Revising our Dashboard Designs 
by Justin Shepherd, Emory University

How Tableau Can You Go? Increasing Data Access for Decision Making 
by Deborah Phelps, Cowley College and Larry Blackburn, Datatelligent 

Implementing an Institutional Data Strategy at the University of Toronto 
by Kiren Handa, University of Toronto 

Improving college employee data literacy through a micro-credential program 
by Dennis Mitchell, Mesa Community College

Lessons Learned from an Institutional Climate Assessment Process 
by Jillian Morn, University of Washington and Sean Gehrke, University of Washington 

Looking at Academic Library & IT Services through a DEI Lens 
by David Consiglio, Bryn Mawr College, Katherine Furlong, Bucknell University and Craig Milberg, Willamette University 

Machine Learning Models for Predicting Term Success & Timely Graduation 
by Ben Silva, Florida Atlantic University 

Mapping the curriculum matters! Enhancing the Quality of Academic Programs 
by FELIX WAO, University of Oklahoma 

Mythbusting the Proposed Federal Student Level Data Network (SLDN) 
by Josh Pretlow, RTI International and Jamie Isaac, RTI International

Prepare for the Unexpected & Reveal Breadth of Work – Continuity Documents! 
by Laura Boyles, Davidson College 

Show and Tell: Using Visual Metaphors in Data Storytelling 
by Amanda Kulp, University of North Florida 

Student Satisfaction Data: Taking Action for Institutional Success 
by Julie Bryant, Ruffalo Noel Levitz, Samantha Richards, Trident Technical College, Jody Anderson, Piedmont University and Angie Bauman Power, Cornell College 

Triangulating Graduate Outcomes from Multiple Datasets 
by Tod Massa, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia 

U.S. News Education Rankings: Review of Last Year and the Upcoming Rankings 
by Robert Morse, U.S. News & World Report 

Using Bite-Sized Data Stories to Shift Institutional Culture 
by Amanda Kulp, University of North Florida and B. Coleman, University of North Florida 

Where Did They Go? Bringing NSC Data into Our Enterprise Data Warehouse 
by Annette Sieg, University of Michigan and Michael Filipiak, University of Michigan