Call for Proposals

Thank you for your interest in the 2011 Forum Call for Proposals. The proposal submission deadline was October 30, 2010. Notifications will be sent to all participants who completed a proposal submission on December 15, 2010.

This year’s theme is Passport to New Ideas, Better Decisions. Institutional researchers, planners, and assessment officers will discuss critical issues, the latest research, new ideas in the field, and practical solutions to common institutional research challenges.

Tracks  Updated for 2011

Sessions are organized by Track to help attendees identify presentations in common topic areas. Please review the Track descriptions prior to submitting your proposal. Proposal topics may overlap more than one track; select the one that best reflects the main theme of your proposal.

  • Category Descriptions
    The Technology Track focuses on the technology used to achieve outcomes, with the outcomes themselves a secondary focus. Topics in this track include data management issues such as data storage and data dictionaries, data warehousing, data marts, and the technology involved in developing dashboard or scorecard sites and on-line fact books, and demonstrations of new technologies.
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    The Analysis Track focuses on research methods, experimental design, survey techniques and response rates, and analytic methods (both qualitative and quantitative) that produce sound analyses for decision making. Proposals related to the use of national datasets or consortia data are included. The emphasis of this track is on the tool, methods, or sources used to arrive at a result, with the result itself of secondary importance.
  • Category Descriptions
    The Assessment Track encompasses the development and measurement of student learning outcomes, general education and academic program assessment studies, assessments of co-curricular offerings, analyses undertaken for accreditation review, strategic planning assessment, information about VSA and UCAN, and the ties between assessment results and measuring institutional effectiveness.
  • Category Descriptions
    The Resources Track focuses on faculty workload studies, salary equity for faculty and staff, staffing issues, strategic planning and budgeting, campus master plan development, economic impact studies, funding sources, faculty promotion and tenure studies, and analysis of benchmarking data related to faculty, finances, or facilities.
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    The Students Track includes studies of enrollment management, retention/graduation, student engagement, transfer, student and alumni satisfaction, demand for majors and programs, and co-curricular activities. Studies focusing on student financial aid practices and findings are included as well.
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    The Collaboration Track focuses on strategic planning efforts, environmental scanning, providing reports and data to external entities such as federal and state/provincial governments, fact book and web portal content and delivery, and the mission and staffing of IR offices. Ethical considerations for institutional research are part of this track.

Formats

Proposals will be accepted for presentations in the following formats:

  • Category Descriptions

    A panel session is a presentation by three to five presenters and covers a broad topic or provides multiple perspectives on a topic. Panel proposals should describe the topic or issue and major points to be discussed or debated. At the time of submission, each panelist must commit to register for the Forum.

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    A Poster Presentation is a visual display that communicates the purpose and outcomes of a project. Posters will be displayed for 24-hours which includes a scheduled 60‑minute discussion period. Presenters should provide a brief handout for participants.  A 4 ft. by 4 ft. cork board will be provided for display.

  • Category Descriptions

    Research in Action sessions share professional work products, effective practices, innovative applications, and creative solutions in institutional research. A professional presentation is expected, including copies of visuals or a brief narrative. These sessions do not require a formal paper.

  • Category Descriptions

    Scholarly Paper Sessions are accompanied by a written paper explaining the issues, methodologies, and outcomes of a single topic.  A scholarly paper may report the results of a research study, describe a methodological IR application, or explore a theoretical construct. While the findings and conclusions may not be known at the time the proposal is submitted, the research or project must be underway with completion expected prior to the Forum. Advance distribution of a completed paper is expected for this type of session. 

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    Table Topics are informal, highly interactive discussions on a current topic or issue in the field. The presenter promotes focused conversation and encourages participants to contribute their ideas and relevant experiences.  Discussion should be the principal component to these sessions. Handouts are encouraged.

  • Category Descriptions

    Pre-Forum Workshops convey skills and techniques and/or increase awareness of issues and problems in institutional research through hands‑on, interactive, and instructional exercises.  Workshops can include small group activities, hands-on exercises, and/or in‑depth discussions. Presenters should provide handouts, manuals, and other materials that support workshop content. Workshops are offered on the Saturday and Sunday preceding the Forum. Presenters receive a modest honorarium.