Charlotte, North Carolina October 8-11, 2016

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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 2016 SAIR conference opens.

Workshop Schedules

Saturday

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday

8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshop Cost

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

The registration desk will open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday so you will be able to pick up the conference bags, program, etc.

Workshop 01 - Using the Excel Analysis Toolpak

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Is finding the tools to assist in making data-driven decisions problematic at your institution? Excel has tools and add-ins that can be used for analysis and reporting.Participants will work through step-by-step exercises of how pivot tables can be used to summarize data, combine data sets and create charts. Analysis strategies (e.g., correlation, t-tests, cross-tabs, ANOVA) for categorical and continuous data will be covered.

Presenter(s):
Wendy Kallina Kennesaw State University



Westin Charlotte -Tryon N

Workshop 02 - Data Analysis 101: Beginner’s Guide to the Excel Universe

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Let’s face it throughout the nation, IR offices typically will have one “language” they can speak fluently: Excel. There are within an average day multiple Excel files open and closed as an analyst conducts analyses. Yet to a beginner, Excel with multiple rows and columns of data can become and seem like a very daunting task to master. If you are new to data analysis or need a refresher on good foundation tips, this is a workshop for you!

Presenter(s):
Barrie D. Fitzgerald Valdosta State University
Dani Sutliff South Georgia State College


Westin Charlotte - Harris

Workshop 03 - Creating a Mature Cycle of Co-Curricular Assessment and Reporting It to SACSCOC

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Co-curricular units are often unsure what assessment data is needed to document compliance with SACSCOC principles for which they are accountable and many universities encounter difficulties writing effective and efficient narratives for these principles (CR 2.10, 3.3.1.2, 3.3.1.3, and 3.4 9). In this session, participants will learn about the successful approach one university took to establishing mature cycles of co-curricular assessment (closing the loop) and how the university prepared adequate documentation and narratives for administrative, student support, and academic services in its 2016 Reaffirmation Report.

Presenter(s):
William Wheeler Liberty University
Robert Talley Liberty University
Dawn Brown Liberty University

Westin Charlotte - Independence

Workshop 04: How to Conduct a Pay Equity Study Using a Multilevel Model? An Introduction for an Institutional Researcher

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Pay equity studies are common in higher education. The methodology used in these studies varies greatly, from comparison of mean salaries for different academic disciplines to Ordinary Least Square (OLS) regression analyses. Multilevel modeling is rarely used. Following an overview of existing methods with description of their strengths and limitations, this workshop focuses on hands-on analysis of a hypothetical dataset using multilevel technique. The software used is HLM. Participants will learn how to create a dataset for a multilevel salary equity study, estimate a model, save predicted values, and create an individual-level report and graph for each department or program.

Presenter(s):
Iryna Johnson Auburn University



Westin Charlotte - Sharon

Workshop 05 - Developing Good Questions to Yield Good Answers: Research Designs, Methods, and Ethics

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Seemingly simple questions often prove to generate complex answers. Providing quality answers to decision makers requires a specific, measurable research question. This workshop will provide an introduction to research design for new IR analysts and offer a refresher course for seasoned veterans. Topics covered include the importance of developing a good question, choosing the right design, applying proper methods, and ensuring ethical behavior. Participants can expect a mixture of lecture, discussion, and group work leading to an opportunity for networking, the sharing of ideas, and a better understanding of the nuances of research.

Presenter(s):
Justin C. Shepherd Georgia Institute of Technology



Westin Charlotte - Trade

Workshop 06 - How To Use Simulation Modeling Approach To Analyze Student Data

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: The Monte Carlo simulation method via partial least squares regression is implemented to produce useful information for decision making, strategic management, and gaining insight into possible future developments. Live and simulated data consisting of U.S. medical licensure examination performances, U.S. county-level adult obesity rates, and other uncertain inputs are collected and analyzed to establish relationship among variables, yield good range estimations, identify most important factors, and predict accurate sensitivity ratios. The workshop not only focuses on the model construction, assessment, and robustness, but also the IBM SPSS software demonstration. The intended audiences are researchers with some experience in linear regression.

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



Westin Charlotte - Tryon S

Workshop 07 - Operational Outcomes (OPOs): Finding a Way That Works for You

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: While much emphasis is placed on Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs), Operational Outcomes (OPOs) play an equally important role in institutional effectiveness. However, the scope and range of units involved can cause confusion among your units and within your assessment office in how to approach OPOs and what evaluation criteria to use. Communication, planning, and training staff and faculty can be cumbersome and finding just the right fit of what will work best for your campus community can be challenging. This session will provide different models for developing OPOs to help you identify what works best for you and your institution.

Presenter(s):
Suzanne Simpson The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Ginny Cockerill The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jennifer Moore Mississippi University for Women

Westin Charlotte - Tryon N

Workshop 08 - Data Analysis 201: Conquering the Dark Side of Excel

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Becoming an Excel guru takes time and practice to hone in the skills to quickly manipulate data through formulas. Just like when learning a new language one begins to repeat the basic phrases. After a while of using the language, one can then begin to hold their own in conversation. This same method applies to Excel. At first, an analyst begins to use basic stand-alone formulas. Within a matter of months, the analyst begins intertwining formulas and finding tricks to keep reports up-to-date. If you are looking to advance your Excel skills, this workshop is for you!

Presenter(s):
Barrie D. Fitzgerald Valdosta State University
Dani Sutliff South Georgia State College


Westin Charlotte - Harris

Workshop 09 - Painting Pictures with Institutional Data: An Introduction to Tableau for Higher Education

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: This workshop is designed as an introduction to the use of Tableau as a data visualization tool emphasizing implementation in a higher education setting. The focus will be on providing guidance in getting started with Tableau and creating sample workbooks. Topics to be covered will include Structuring and Connecting to Data, Creating Custom Hierarchies, Creating Charts and Graphs, Using Filters and Parameters, Developing Calculated Fields, and Creating and Publishing Dynamic Dashboards. Discussion about the differences in versions of Tableau Desktop and methods of publishing Tableau Workbooks will be included. Examples will make use of a sample dataset of student data which will be provided at the beginning of the workshop.

Presenter(s):
G Marc Turner Texas State University



Westin Charlotte - Independence

Workshop 10 - Leveraging the JumpStart for IR Solution in Community Colleges

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Since 2008, this Institutional Research team has provided technical and data management support to IR staff in over 90 two-year institutions. A number of SAS programs are included with the support; among them are the programs for various data collection activities, dataset creation, IPEDS reports, various instructional reports, and a variety of disaggregated student outcomes reports. This workshop will share Best Practices in IR from institutional researchers at a community college and demonstrate how the IR team uses SAS software to facilitate data informed decision making at the college.

Presenter(s):
Bobbie Frye Central Piedmont Community College
Paul Earls Central Piedmont Community College


Westin Charlotte - Sharon

Workshop 11 - Keeping the Research in IR

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Presenting research is a key component to IR. This 3-hour workshop will go over the processes involved in creating and developing a research idea, quantitative and qualitative methodologies involved in the research design, how to present your research to a wide audience, and how to submit your research for publication. While this workshop is designed for new and intermediate IR professionals, anyone who wants a refresher in planning a research project may come.

Presenter(s):
Andrew L. Luna University of North Alabama



Westin Charlotte - Trade

Workshop 12 - Predictive Modeling with SAS Enterprise Miner

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: The workshop will illustrate how SAS Enterprise Miner enables the analyst to build any number of models and evaluate these models to select the 'best' model. The demonstrations will start with simple models such as decision trees and use these to build more complex models. Various variable selection techniques will be discussed and illustrated in SAS Enterprise miner.

Presenter(s):
Tom Bohannon SAS



Westin Charlotte - Tryon S

Workshop 13 - R 101

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Have you ever worked with a data set that had more rows of data or too many formulas than Excel can handle? Do you need an inexpensive tool to assist in your analysis of data? Have you thought about R programming? If you answered yes to any one of these questions, then this session is for you. In this session, the basic functions and operations of R programming will be discussed to provide the attendee with some working knowledge of the software.

Presenter(s):
Barrie D. Fitzgerald Valdosta State University
Sarah E. Hough Valdosta State University


Westin Charlotte - Independence

Workshop 14 - Data Visualization for Institutional Research

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: This hands-on workshop using SAS® Visual Analytics will show you how to explore relevant data quickly and easily. You can look at large amounts of data, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships, and make more precise decisions faster than ever before. You will learn how self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration put lightning-fast insights within everyone’s reach. Whether you’re an institutional researcher with limited technical skills, a statistician, or a data scientist, powerful analytics are at your fingertips with absolutely no coding required. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting, and scenario analysis, are seamlessly integrated with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, “what does it mean” pop-ups, and drag and-drop capabilities. Anyone can understand and benefit from analyzing complex data with SAS® Visual Analytics and in this workshop you will learn how easy that is.

Presenter(s):
John Berry SAS Institute Inc



Westin Charlotte - Sharon

Workshop 15 - Assessment Foundations: applying principles of backward design to create assessment plans

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Backward design is an approach used to develop course and program curriculum. This hands-on workshop will apply principles of backward design to the development of assessment plans. This approach can be used for both assessment of student learning in academic programs and administrative units. Attendees will have the opportunity to apply their learning during the workshop to a project for their department/functional area or use a workshop case-study.

Presenter(s):
Kimberly Fath Elon University



Westin Charlotte - Trade

Workshop 16 - Students Engaging Students to Improve a Campus: Cultivating Students to Gather Insights

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: When higher education researchers try and make sense of student-related issues on campus, they often overlook a critical source of information—students. Conversations with students in focus groups can aid our efforts to understand our assessment evidence. Focus groups allow us to dig into the mechanisms behind the patterns we see in quantitative assessment data. They get at the “why” and “how” behind our data. Focus groups can also help us gather new evidence and answer questions with more detail and nuance than we might get from a survey. In this workshop, we will examine the benefits of focus group research and in creating student-led organizations to conduct this important work on behalf of their institution.

Presenter(s):
Will Miller Flagler College
Elaina Seyfang Flagler College


Westin Charlotte - Morehead

Workshop 17 - Focus on your Future in Institutional Research: Newcomer's Workshop

Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Abstract: The workshop will provide an introduction to institutional research, its principal components, and the practices of institutional researchers including the sourcing of data, communication and reporting of data, and the role of institutional research in supporting assessment and accreditation. The workshop will also address how institutional research offices function and how to be an effective practitioner of institutional research.

Presenter(s):
Lynne S. Crosby Austin Peay State University
Matthew Campbell Auburn University


Westin Charlotte - Tryon

Workshop 18 - Mastering the AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey Reporting and Results Portals

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: The AAUP Faculty Compensation Survey is the premier tool for exploring full-time faculty salary and benefits at two- and four-year colleges and universities, with more than 1,000 institutions participating annually. This workshop offers a brief overview, its value to institutions, and to explore the new results portal for benchmarking to improve decision-making.

Presenter(s):
John Barnshaw American Association of University Professors



Westin Charlotte - Independence

Workshop 19 - Focusing on Meaningful Assessment: Leading the Charge from Outcomes to Results.

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: While assessment in higher education is required, it is important to not only involve campus community in the assessment process, but to educate on its meaningfulness to student learning and services. This workshop will provide an overview of administrative and academic assessment, focusing on the major components of an assessment plan and how programs and units can produce and use meaningful results that impact curriculum, pedagogy, services and operations. Strategies for guiding the assessment process, creating meaningful outcomes, using results to make meaningful changes, and peer-reviews of assessment plans will be discussed. The participants will engage in activities that demonstrate how to implement an effective institutional assessment model.

Presenter(s):
Divya Bhati College of Charleston
Cara L. Dombroski College of Charleston
Joshua E. Bloodworth College of Charleston

Westin Charlotte - Sharon

Workshop 20 - Data Reduction and Factor Analysis Using SPSS

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: This workshop will cover 1)Data reduction - identifying a smaller set of variables to replace a larger set of correlated variables, 2) Scale development – identifying underlying dimensions that explain correlations among a set of variables, and 3) Confirmatory analysis -evaluating an existing measure.

Presenter(s):
Wendy Kallina Kennesaw State University



Westin Charlotte - Trade

Workshop 21 - Meaningful Partners: The Role of Institutional Research in Enrollment Management

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: When it comes to institutional data, no office likely benefits from the work of institutional researchers more than enrollment management—even though this relationship is oftentimes overlooked. In this workshop, attendees will work to examine the ways that enrollment management benefits from data compiled, analyzed, and distributed by institutional research offices. From determining predictors of freshmen success (measured by course performance, hours taken, and course mapping) to predictors of retention (using cognitive and non-cognitive factors) to presenting likelihood of graduating in various majors, institutional data can help assure the students invited to attend a particular institution are true fits. Even for open enrollment institutions, having this type of institutional knowledge can help begin framing initial conversations with applicants to assure the student and the institution find themselves in situations that lead to joint success.

Presenter(s):
Will Miller Flagler College



Westin Charlotte - Morehead
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