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SAIR Pre/Post Conference Workshops

Sign up for pre-conference workshops along with your 2017 conference registration.

Workshop Schedule

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.

Newcomers's Workshop 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Workshop Cost

$70 per 3 hour workshop
$140 per 6 hour workshop
$30 Newcomer's Workshop

The SAIR registration desk opens at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, participants must complete their conference check-in prior to their session.

For more information on SAIR Pre-Conference Workshops, please contact Rick Burnette, Member-at-Large for Professional Development.

Workshop 01 - A Primer on SACSCOC Accreditation for IR Professionals: Recent Experiences from Both Sides of the Table

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: IR professionals both new and experienced may view the SACSCOC accreditation process and principles as baffling, redundant, and compliance driven. The presenter will clarify all things SACSCOC (or most all things) and present how to view the process and principles as value-added best practices. Special attention is given to how this is relevant to IR professionals' jobs. Wisdom gathered over 14 years as being the SACSCOC liaison for two universities AND having served on all three major review committees AND now as a member of SACSCOC Board of Trustees will be shared. Review of the anticipated revisions of the Principles of Accreditation will occur with possible changes that institutions may need to make.

Presenter(s):
John M. Cornwell Rice University



Bur Oak

Workshop 02 - Students Engaging Students to Improve a Campus: Cultivating Students to Gather Insights

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: onversations with students in focus groups allow us to dig into the mechanisms behind the patterns we see in quantitative assessment data. They can also help us gather new evidence and answer questions with more detail and nuance than we might get from a survey. Through group discussion and planning packets, workshop participants will learn the benefits of this approach, how to create such a program, and the types of projects students can assist with—all without needing outside vendors or resources.

Presenter(s):
Will Miller



Post Oak

Workshop 03 - Project Management Tools in IR: Facilitating Individual and Team Organization and Productivity

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Today’s IR offices find themselves in great demand from multiple stakeholders. Data requests come at increasingly higher volumes and with urgency, many from institutional leaders who use data in decision-making. IR offices now find themselves at the center of institutional and, at times, state policy decisions, and with work that is typically project-based and cross-cutting between IR professionals and others, it is imperative for IR managers to implement tools to facilitate efficient work in their offices. This session will demonstrate a selection of productivity platforms, including Google Drive, Asana, Office 365 (Planner, SharePoint, Teams), and others, giving examples of how these platforms have been used to manage IR projects. Participants will leave with an action plan for implementing one or more project management tools in their IR offices.

Presenter(s):
James M. Hunt Florida State University



Elm Fork I

Workshop 04 - Using National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker data for IPEDS Outcome Measures Reporting

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: This presentation will focus primarily on using the NSC StudentTracker service to satisfy the requirements of the IPEDS Outcome Measures data collection. Additionally, the session will provide other tips for working with the StudentTracker detail file, and will provide an overview of the enhanced features that will be available when “StudentTracker 2.0” is launched in fall 2017.

Presenter(s):
Jason DeWitt National Student Clearinghouse



Elm Fork II

Workshop 05 - Practical Predictive Analytics - Part I (Theory and Use)

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: The use of predictive analytics is a growing area of interest in the higher education industry. IR professionals will be the leaders within their organizations to implement these techniques and inform policy changes that come with trying to predict desired outcome metrics. The morning session will focus on when and why to use predictive analytics techniques. We will explore some of the major use cases for predictive analytics in higher education, and discuss how to determine the appropriate analysis methods for a given question.

Presenter(s):
Bart Swecker University of Alabama at Birmingham
Craig Rudick University of Kentucky


West Fork I

Workshop 06 - From Numbers to Pictures: An Introduction to Tableau for Data Visualization

Saturday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: This workshop is designed as an introduction to Tableau as a tool for data visualization in higher education. The focus is on providing guidance on getting started with Tableau and creating some basic visualizations and workbooks. Topics to be covered will include Structuring and Connecting to Data, Creating Charts and Graphs, Using Filters and Parameters, Developing Calculated Fields, and Creating and Publishing Dashboards. Discussion about the elements of data visualization will be included. Examples will make use of a sample dataset of student data which will be provided.

Presenter(s):
G Marc Turner Texas State University



West Fork II

Workshop 08 - Meaningful Partners: The Role of Institutional Research in Enrollment Management

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: A close relationship between institutional research and enrollment management can help assure students who matriculate to campus are well-prepared to be successful. In this workshop, attendees will investigate and discuss the importance of this relationship, ways institutional research can benefit enrollment management, and how institutional researchers can play a more active role in assuring student success on campus. Skills examined will include predictive retention models, predictive graduation models, Clearinghouse file usage, and non-cognitive factors.

Presenter(s):
Will Miller



Post Oak

Workshop 09 - Basic Statistics using Excel

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: This workshop, meant for Excel or statistics novices, will cover the use of Excel to conduct basic statistical analysis, including descriptive statistics, chi square, simple linear and multiple regression analysis. The workshop will also cover the basic theories behind these statistical concepts.

Presenter(s):
Emily Campbell Louisiana Community & Technical College System
Rene Cintron Louisiana Community & Technical College System


Elm Fork I

Workshop 10 - A Beginner’s Guide in How to Track the Revised IPEDS Outcome Measure Graduation Rates

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: IPEDS recently changed the cohort definition to measure outcomes for degree granting institutions. In the past, institutions would measure full-time, first-time entering students and track their progress for 4, 6, 8, and on some occasions 10 years. IPEDS is now asking institutions to include and collect data on part-time degree seeking students, full-time, non-first-time entering students, and part-time, non-first-time entering students. Institutions are asked to track those students over a full year and report the retention and graduation rates of these students no matter if they are full or part-time.

Presenter(s):
Suzanne Simpson The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Jennifer Moore Mississippi University for Women
Heath Campbell The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Andrew Garner Mississippi University for Women
Elm Fork II

Workshop 11 - Practical Predictive Analytics - Part II (Application and Execution)

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: The use of predictive analytics is a growing area of interest in the higher education industry. IR professionals will be the leaders within their organizations to implement these techniques and inform policy changes that come with trying to predict desired outcome metrics. The afternoon session will delve into specific multivariate methods, such as regression and decision trees. The emphasis will be on a conceptual understanding of the methods as well as practical tips for utilizing them. The session will be geared primarily at the methods more so than the tool.

Presenter(s):
Craig Rudick University of Kentucky
Bart Swecker University of Alabama at Birmingham


West Fork I

Workshop 12 - From Pictures to Insight: An Intermediate Look at Tableau

Saturday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: This workshop is designed for those who are familiar with Tableau but are now looking to take your data visualizations and analytics to a new level. The focus will be on using more advanced calculations including table calculations and level of detail expressions. You should have familiarity with connecting to data sources and building basic visualizations and dashboards. Topics will include table calculations, level of detail expressions, parameters, advanced dual axis charts, and more. Examples will make use of a sample data set of student related data which will be provided.

Presenter(s):
G. Marc Turner Texas State University



West Fork II

Workshop 13 - Transforming Data into Decision Support using Research Design, Methods, & Statistics

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: The ideal institutional researcher is a master of all disciplines: being skilled in software, databases, mathematics, project management, and business operations. In addition, IR professionals must be subject matter experts in many areas including admissions, enrollment, graduation, finance, HR, and faculty. This workshop provides a review of the hard and soft skills that are necessary for turning data into meaningful, actionable information. Topics covered include research questions, experimental designs, statistics, visualizing data, and decision support. Participants can expect a mixture of lecture, discussion, and group work providing opportunities for networking, idea exchange, and new insights into modern IR.

Presenter(s):
Justin C. Shepherd Emory University - School of Law



Bur Oak

Workshop 14 - The “How” and “Who” of Survey Design: Question Development and Sampling

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: This workshop examines the “HOW” and the “WHO” of survey research. In the “HOW” segment, we will focus on questionnaire development for optimal impact and response. and detail general best practices. In the “WHO” segment, we will focus on the science and the art of sampling within the context of institutional research and assessment. We will examine best practices for sampling methodologies and their appropriate uses. The presentation will serve as a resource for attendees to enhance their understanding of survey methodology for use in institutional research as well as assessment surveys.

Presenter(s):
Shama Akhtar Bowie State University
Somer M. Givens Troy University


Post Oak

Workshop 15 - Leading Change: Designing and Implementing a Meaningful Assessment Model

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: The intent of the assessment process is to enhance programs and services, and also meet increased calls for credibility and accountability. In order to do, institutions have to develop the required infrastructure to instigate real change for establishing a culture of assessment that addresses strategic goals and meets accreditation standards. This workshop provides techniques and tools that can be used to foster a culture of continuous improvement. These include creating efficient processes, building capacity to engage in assessment, and enhancing use of results. Participants will work through hands-on exercises to create their own guide for applying at their campus.

Presenter(s):
Divya Bhati College of Charleston
Karin W. Roof College of Charleston
Cara L. Dombroski College of Charleston
Joshua E. Bloodworth College of Charleston
Elm Fork I

Workshop 16 - The Benefit of Data Analytics: Introduction of using Business Intelligence in Institutional Research

Sunday 8:30 am - 11:30 am

Abstract: Using statistics analysis to identify the hidden meanings and patterns becomes the tendency nowadays. So, in the workshop I would like to share my experience of how and when to use business intelligence in institutional research. To better understand the whole analytic process, I will spend time covering the full data lifecycle from beginning to end: from data manipulating, data cleaning, experiment designing, algorithm selecting, scoring, to result visualizing. The purpose of the workshop is not to train audiences so that they can build advanced statistics model, but to show how to think like analysts. 

Presenter(s):
Fangyu Du University of North Texas at Dallas



Elm Fork II

Workshop 17 - Using Power BI as a Platform for Data Visualization and Online Dashboards (All day workshop)

Sunday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Abstract: In an ever-increasing digital world where access to information is rarely beyond one’s own fingertips, institutional researchers must transition from their tired reliance on spreadsheets and pivot tables and acclimate to visual reporting and interactive dashboards. In this hands-on workshop, participants will not only be captivated by Power BI’s functionality with Microsoft Excel but also by the ease with which their spreadsheets can be transformed into visually-stunning and interactive dashboards. Power BI report templates for graduation and retention rates and semester enrollment dashboards will be provided as take-home resources for each participants. Note: Participants are required to bring a laptop to this workshop and possess access to Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Power BI (available as a free download through your institution’s Microsoft Office 365 account).

Presenter(s):
Marcus Brewer University of North Georgia
Melissa Hunter Austin Peay State University


West Fork I

Workshop 18 - 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



West Fork II

Workshop 19 - Strategic Leveraging of Metrics for Institutional Change 

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Metrics and accountability are big and evolving challenges facing universities and IR offices. But where does IR fit in this conversation? Are we simply providing data or empowering strategic thinking? At FSU, we have a new strategic plan and countless performance metrics. IR has taken this as an opportunity to create a more strategic role in the implementation. Does the strategy drive the metrics or vice-versa? The presentation shows how metrics shape the implementation of strategic planning and how performance metrics can lead to work groups that are tasked with improving metric performance. Metrics allow us a means to identify success and failure, while metrics themselves inform and drive planning and funding.

Presenter(s):
Galiya Tabulda Florida State University



Bur Oak

Workshop 20 - How to Build and Implement Online Surveys Using Qualtrics Software

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Online survey platforms have become increasingly more useful to IR offices as we incorporate student learning outcomes within our surveys and online assessments. This workshop will demonstrate the components of online surveys and assessments using Qualtrics software. We will cover the basics of online surveys: how to build, distribute, increase response rate, analyze and export results. This will include real survey examples, share ways to avoid pitfalls, and explore tips for success based on first-hand experience with Qualtrics software. All pre-registered attendees will receive a temporary Qualtrics account that will be used during the workshop for demonstration purposes. Attendees should bring individual laptops or iPads with them in order to participate in the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Presenter(s):
Somer Givens Troy University
Shama Akhtar Bowie State University
Wendy Broyles Troy University

Post Oak

Workshop 21 - Data Governance Workshop

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: Many institutions struggle with ensuring that their data is accurate, well-defined and secure. Data silos across campus, lack of consistency in data entry and lack of responsibility for data quality can impede accurate reporting. This workshop will prepare you to begin a data governance initiative to address many of the problems surrounding data quality and usage at your institution. This workshop will provide basic data governance theory and leave you prepared to assess the status of your institution and begin a new data governance initiative or breathe new life into a failed data governance attempt. 

Presenter(s):
Patricia White Belmont University
Mary Lucus Belmont University


Elm Fork I

Workshop 22 - Using Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wage Data to Inform Various Stakeholders

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Abstract: What happens to students after they graduate? Do they find jobs? How much do they earn? It is becoming critical for higher education to address these questions, however, the necessary data are not readily or consistently available. To help institutions begin to face these challenges, this workshop will share steps the University of Texas System took to develop a data sharing agreement with the state's workforce commission. Secondly, detail about the unemployment insurance (UI) data cleaning and preparation process for analysis purposes will be shared. Lastly, additional analyses demonstrating the utility of wage data to inform students/parents, administrators, and legislators about student success and the value of higher education will be discussed.

Presenter(s):
David Troutman University of Texas System



Elm Fork II

Workshop 23 - R101

Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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 Fitzgerald Valdosta State University
Sarah E. Hough Valdosta State University


West Fork II

Workshop 24 - 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 the 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):




Trinity Central
SAIR 2017 Fort Worth