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SAIR Pre/Post Conference Workshops

You will be able to sign up for pre-conference workshops once the registration site for the 2014 SAIR conference opens.

Workshop Schedules

Saturday

9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (NWFSC)
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Hotel)

Sunday

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.(Hotel)
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (NWFSC)
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Hotel)

Workshop Cost

$90 per 5 hour workshop
$70 per 3 hour workshop
$30 Newcomer's Workshop

The registration desk will open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday so you will be able to pick up the conference bags, program, etc.

Workshop 01 -Documenting Student Success in FR 4.1: How to Make it Achievable (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Saturday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: This workshop will include discussions of (a) appropriate methods of measuring achievement based on mission, including criteria and thresholds; and (b) addressing participant’s concerns about FR 4.1. The presenter will demonstrate how to design and create acceptable dashboard-style documents for FR 4.1 in such a way as to provide understandable information for consumers while at the same time delivering institutional users the needed data to support and improve student success. After in-depth group discussions and the demonstration by the presenter, it is intended that attendees of this workshop will have brought data summaries from their home institutions that measure student success so that they may leave with initial dashboards.

Presenter(s):
Meg Wright Sidle University of Pikeville



NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 02 - Basic Stats with Excel (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Saturday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: This workshop will cover basic statistical principles and procedures for Institutional Researchers who do not have a statistics or other research-related educational background. Software will be limited to Excel. Topics to be covered include descriptive statistics, effectively and accurately displaying and summarizing data, hypothesis testing with Chi-Square and other measures of association, simple linear regression, multiple regression analysis, and logistic regression. At the end of the workshop, participants will be better consumers and producers of data analysis.

Presenter(s):
Emily C. Saleh Louisiana Board of Regents
Claire Norris Louisiana Board of Regents


NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 03 - Utilizing Microsoft Access Forms and Reports (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Saturday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: Utilizing Microsoft Access Forms can improve the accuracy and increase the convenience of entering data into an Access Table. Furthermore, utilizing Microsoft Access Reports is a great way to automate the creation of routine reports. This workshop will demonstrate the steps involved when creating and modifying Forms in Access. In addition, this workshop will demonstrate how to use Form options, such as design controls and form properties, in order to better ensure that your form functions and displays exactly as you would like. Data entered into these forms ultimately feed into a Table, which may be summarized by Access Reports. Microsoft Access Report Writer is an efficient tool to view, format, and summarize data. This workshop will cover the basic steps involved in creating a report; how to sort, group, and summarize data displayed in a report; and how to preview and print a report. The workshop will utilize the example of creating a data request log within Microsoft Access. A form will be built to populate this log and reports will be built to summarize both outstanding and recently completed data requests.

Presenter(s):
Nathan Pitts University of North Alabama
Molly J Vaughn University of North Alabama


NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 04 - Data Reduction and Analysis Using SPSS (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Saturday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: This workshop will cover the steps in creating scales from survey items using factor analysis and then using the scales for ANOVA/MANOVA. Group differences and identifying effects over time will be explored. This workshop is intended for intermediate institutional researchers who are familiar with SPSS and basic statistical procedures. It may be of particular interest to institutional researchers responsible for analyzing surveys developed in-house.

Presenter(s):
Wendy Kallina Southern Polytechnic State University



NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 05 - Implementing an Institutional Effectiveness Rubric to Deepen the Culture of Assessment (3-Hour Workshop, $70)

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Rubrics support examination of the extent to which the specified criteria have been reached and provide feedback to improve performance. This session illustrates how an Institutional Effectiveness (IE) Assessment Rubric was developed, implemented and revised at the University of Central Florida as a tool for scoring IE plans from academic programs and administrative and educational support services areas. Participants will understand the benefits of using IE Assessment Rubrics to promote evidence-based change. Working in groups, participants will develop strategies to design and implement rubrics in their own institutions and will apply rubrics to IE assessment plans and results reports.

Presenter(s):
Patrice Lancey University of Central Florida
Divya Bhati University of Central Florida


Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 06 - Cancelled

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Cancelled

Presenter(s):
Daina P Henry College of William and Mary



Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 07 - Presenting with Pizzaz Using PowerPoint and Prezi (3-Hour Workshop, $70)

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: This workshop will change the way you think about and create presentations. It will demonstrate that creating effective presentations is both an art and a science. Research-based best practices in effective communication strategies will be presented, and participants will incorporate these strategies into a PowerPoint. Attendees will also be introduced to Prezi, a free on-line flash-based presentation tool and will learn to use it to create a presentation. Prezi can reinvent the way you approach presentations and the way audiences interact with them. Learn how you can create presentations that are engaging, dynamic and powerful. (Laptop computer required. Participants will use the free software Prezi.)

Presenter(s):
Mary Harrington University of Mississippi



Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 08 - Putting Your Employees in the Driver's Seat (3-Hour Workshop, $70)

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: A university’s strategic plan sets out its intent to reach a higher, innovative level that could enhance its prominence or establish it as a model of excellence. By engaging employees as plan “owners” they can proactively manage processes and influence change during the implementation, monitoring, and controlling phases. Gain insight into building a network of engaged plan owners who use collaboratively developed, data-based performance metrics in decision-making that can influence the outcome of your strategic plan. This session is based on a piloted model of letting employees take the wheel while on the road to achieving mission goals and strategic initiatives.

Presenter(s):
Susan Paraska Kennesaw State University



Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 09 - Utilizing the Delaware Cost Study to Facilitate Unit and Institutional Improvement (3-Hour Workshop, $70)

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Utilizing data from the National Study of Instructional Costs and Productivity (Delaware Cost Study), this full-day workshop explores strategies and tactics for integrating data systems and facilitating unit and institutional improvement through benchmarking activities. The Delaware Cost Study is the tool of choice for exploring faculty teaching loads, direct instructional costs, and separately budgeted scholarly activity at the discipline level, with approximately 220 four-year institutions participating annually. No pre-requisite knowledge is necessary to participate in this workshop and it is ideal for individuals who are interested in participating as well as those who would like a refresher on participating in the Study.

Presenter(s):
John Barnshaw University of Delaware
Tom Eleuterio University of Delaware


Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 10 - Newcomer Workshop (1-Day Workshop $30)

Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Abstract: This workshop is designed for practitioners who are new to the field of institutional research. The workshop will provide an introduction to institutional research and the principal components and practices of institutional researchers, including how institutional research offices work, and how to be an effective institutional researcher. Included aspects are institutional effectiveness, assessment, accreditation, accountability, communication, project management, resources, and more.

Presenter(s):
Dana L. Dalton Forsyth Technical Community College
Glenn W. James Tennessee Technological University


Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 11 - Excelling in IR – Ways to Make Your Job Easier with Microsoft Excel! (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Sunday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: Institutional Research professionals are often asked to accomplish great feats of data manipulation in short periods of time. This workshop will introduce a variety of tips, tricks, and formulas to attendees that can be utilized to increase the efficiency of data processing in Excel. Topics will include PivotTables, keystroke shortcuts, subtotal functions, lookup functions, IF statements, VBA macros, and a host of other useful tools available in Excel. Attendees will participate in hands-on exercises and opportunities to apply the information introduced in the session. If you want to learn more about Excel, this is the session for you!

Presenter(s):
Angela Henderson Keiser University
Linda Rowland University of North Georgia


NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 12 - Analyzing Student Questionnaire Data Based on Partial Least Squares Regression Model (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Sunday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: This workshop is intended for institutional researchers who are interested in learning analytical skills such as Cluster Analysis, Partial Least Squares (PLS) Regression Model. Live data files such as student questionnaires, environmentally disadvantaged from census tracts, and US/Worldwide infant mortality rates are used to illustrate how the model is constructed. Artificial Neural Network (ANN) Model is implemented as a supplementary tool to offer comparisons in terms of model fitting, accuracy, and applicability. The workshop not only focuses on the model construction and assessment, but also the software demonstration. The intended audiences are researchers with some experience in linear regression.

Presenter(s):
Chau-Kuang Chen Meharry Medical College



NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 13 - Your Day Made Easier: Bring your IR Data to Life with SAS® (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Sunday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: Imagine being able to quickly explore large volumes of disparate data to better understand more about your institution. With SAS Visual Analytics, you can look at more options, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships and make more precise decisions to drive success faster than ever before. In this SAS workshop, you will get hands on experience and learn how to quickly analyze institutional data through an easy to use, drag and drop web based application. You will also learn how to quickly design interactive reports and distribute those reports via the web, or through mobile BI on an iPad or a tablet.

Presenter(s):
Danna Hourani SAS



NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 14 - Forecasting in Excel (5-Hour Workshop, $90)

Sunday 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Abstract: Providing timely and accurate forecasts to campus stakeholders can assist in the planning and development of physical, academic, and human resources. This workshop provides hands-on learning and discussion regarding the development and implementation of enrollment forecasting models within higher education institutions. Participants will be provided with a brief history of enrollment forecasting techniques and examples of multiple models of enrollment forecasting such as trend lines, exponential smoothing, moving averages and linear regression, prior to practicing each technique with supplied data.

Presenter(s):
Wendy Kallina Southern Polytechnic State University
Eric Atchison Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning


NWFSC (Off-site - Transportation Provided)

Workshop 15 - IPEDS Tools (3-Hour Workshop, $70)

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: The National Center for Education Statistics will prvide a training on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) components and the data tools. Topics for discussion will include an overview of the IPEDS components and an intro to the IPEDS Data Center, IPEDS Trend Generator, and other tools available to data users.

Presenter(s):
Tara Lawley National Center for Education Statistics



Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 16 - Best Practices in Evaluating and Documenting Faculty Credentials for SACSCOC Accreditation (3-Hour Workshop, $70)

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: SACSCOC requires that institutions employ competent faculty. SACSCOC provides guidelines to be used to gauge faculty competence and mandates documentation of faculty credentials as part of the reaffirmation of accreditation process. This workshop walks participants through the faculty credentialing process – from reviewing the SACSCOC guidelines and documentation requirements to analyzing credentials and creating and maintaining documentation. Participants will engage in credential evaluation exercises and share tips, techniques and best practices.

Presenter(s):
Mary C. Walsh Florida Atlantic University



Hilton Sandestin

Workshop 17 - Qualitative Research: Introduction to Methods and Analysis (3-Hour Workshop, $70)

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Qualitative methodologies can often provide valuable information to institutional research and assessment efforts by adding context and depth to other sources of data. This half-day workshop will introduce participants to qualitative research techniques, with a focus on research design and data analysis. Methodologies discussed will be stakeholder interviews and focus groups, case study and narrative research, as well as document analysis and open-ended surveying. Participants will be introduced to considerations in choosing a qualitative research design; data collection methods; and approaches to analysis, including a brief introduction to free and inexpensive technologies available for assisting in data collection and reduction. (Laptop computer required. Participants will install the free software QDA Miner Lite.)

Presenter(s):
Katherine McGuire Oxford College of Emory University



Hilton Sandestin

Sessions: 17

SAIR 2014 - Destin, FL