Tuesday Impact Sessions

The 2016 Forum gets started at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday with a series of invited sessions focused on a wide range of emerging and important topics and issues with impact for everyone in higher education fields. These sessions are open to all registered Forum attendees and will include lecture, and panel presentations followed by interactive discussions.

Tuesday, May 31 | 1 PM – 2:30 PM

IPEDS Update

Presenter: Gigi Jones, IPEDS Survey Director, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

This session provides a general update on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). A review of the 2015-16 data collection year, information about changes for the 2016-17 collection, and an overview of IPEDS Research and Development are provided.

It Started with One Conversation: A Practical Guide to the Statement of Aspirational Practice for IR

Panelists: Sandi Bramblett, Executive Director, Institutional Research & Decision Support, Georgia Institute of Technology; Jeremy Goodman, Assistant Provost for Institutional Research & Decision Support, Olin College of Engineering; Michele Hansen, Executive Director, Institutional Research & Decision Support, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis; Patrick Perry, Chief Information Officer, California State University, Chancellor’s Office; Kristina Powers, Associate Vice President, Institutional Research Services, Bridgepoint Education; Patrick Rossol-Allison, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Tim Stanley, Associate Director of Institutional Research and Information, Utah Valley University

Moderator: Jason Lewis, Interim Executive Director & CFO, Association for Institutional Research; Leah Ross, Association for Institutional Research 

This session addresses ideas presented in the AIR Statement of Aspirational Practice for Institutional Research. Several of the panelists are from “early adopter” institutions that piloted this work and are at various stages of implementing the ideas addressed in the statement. They will share how it all started with one conversation. How did they begin the process? Who did they engage? What was the response? What lessons were learned? What challenges did they face? Panelists will also engage the audience in a discussion about the aspirational statement. How does this vision for data and decision support resonate with you? What opportunities and challenges do the ideas present for your institution or organization? Also, we will outline the next steps of this evolving process of reshaping the IR function. Join us for a conversation about this dynamic piece of work that is poised to grow with the field of institutional research.

NACE First Destination Surveys: Creating Standards and Reporting Results

Presenters: Edwin Koc, Director of Research, Public Policy, and Legislative Affairs, National Association of Colleges and Employers; Matthew Brink, Assistant Executive Director, National Association of Colleges and Employers

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) has developed standards and protocols for collecting and reporting graduate outcomes data. This session will describe the process by which these standards were created; the standards themselves; and how one institution implemented the standards. The session will include preliminary graduate outcomes for the class of 2015 as gathered by NACE from its member institutions.

Putting Big Data to Work: Community College Perspectives on Economic Outcomes

Presenters: Todd Oldham, Vice President, Economic and Workforce Development, Monroe Community College (NY); Jonathan Gagliardi, Chancellor’s Fellow for Completion at SUNY

Moderator: Darlena Jones, Association for Institutional Research

As community colleges receive growing scrutiny for the workforce outcomes they generate, some are turning to Big Data to help make strategic decisions that ensure they are delivering on their community’s needs. On the vanguard of such efforts is Monroe Community College (NY), which has received attention for its effectiveness at linking its offerings to local industry needs. Meanwhile, state system offices are equally keen to ensure that the array of programs across institutions efficiently meet statewide needs. This session will pair these two perspectives, starting with a spotlight on how MCC has defined a strategic direction and adjusted programmatic offerings based on data. It will also feature a statewide perspective from the State University of New York system administration, which works with much of the same data in engaging with individual two-year institutions under its jurisdiction.

The Evolving Role of IR in Regional Accreditation

Panelists: Carol Anderson, Vice President, New England Association of Schools and Colleges; Elsa Buckley-Gossett, Coordinator, Communications and External Relations, NWCCU; Maureen Maloney, Vice President, WASC Senior College and University Commission; Robert Pacheco, Dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Mira Costa College

Moderator: Christopher Cullander, Director (Retired) of Institutional Research, University of California-San Francisco;

IR is taking on new roles in regional accreditation. At the institutional level, IR can help to ‘translate’ accreditation criteria into a determination of what evidence is needed – for example, by helping to define what constitutes ‘success’ and how such success might be measured. Accreditation decisions are increasingly data-based, and IR personnel are now needed as members of regional accreditation peer evaluator teams. Increasingly, the IR Director also acts as the institution’s Accreditation Liaison Officer to the regional accreditor, a position that has the potential to help IR secure a seat at the table where and when institutional decisions are being made. Representatives from several regional accreditation agencies will provide their perspectives about the roles of IR in accreditation, and will serve as critical friends in a discussion about how taking on these roles can elevate the status and stature of the IR function in higher education institutions.

Tuesday, May 31 | 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Dollars and Datapoints: Collaboration Between IR and Business Officers

Presenters: Ken Redd, Director, Research and Policy Analysis, NACUBO ; Eric Lovik, Radford University; Maria Drake, Director of Data Analytics, Purdue University; Serge Herzog, Director, Institutional Analysis, University of Nevada-Reno

Moderator: Darlena Jones, Director of Assessment and Research, Association for Institutional Research 

This session will feature the highlights of two studies summarizing the professions of institutional researchers and business officers. In addition to the sharing of data, panelists from campuses with differing reporting structures will discuss how institutional research collaborates with business officers for institutional decision making.

Next Steps in Data Visualization: How Online Dashboards and Factbooks Change Interaction with Data Users

Panelists: Jessica Shedd, Assistant Director, Office of Strategic Initiatives, Annette Royal, Assistant Director, BI & Analytics, Office of Strategic Initiatives, The University of Texas System; Robert Loveridge, Director, Institutional Research & Information Mark Leany, Senior Research Analyst, Institutional Research & Information, Utah Valley University; Marin Clarkberg, Director of Institutional Research & Planning, Marne Einarson, Associate Director of Institutional Research & Planning, Cornell University.

Moderator: Gina Johnson, Strategy Director for IR Capacity Initiatives, Association for Institutional Research 

This panel session will explore the next phase of online dashboards and factbooks for sharing data with institutional stakeholders. Representatives from three institutions/systems that have shared data in this way for a number of years will present their data visualization systems and reflect on how it has changed the interactions between their office and data users.

Perspectives on the College Scorecard

Panelists: Annie Waldman, Reporter, ProPublica; David Bergeron, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress; Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning, The Ohio State University

Moderator: Mary Ann Coughlin, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Springfield College.

When the U.S. Department of Education made the College Scorecard available this past fall, it also unleashed a trove of previously unavailable information about student outcomes. This outpouring has been met with a variety of reactions, but no one can deny that the data release has generated a great deal of interest among policymakers, researchers and policy analysts, and institutional leaders. Attendees will hear three perspectives on the College Scorecard and its underlying data, beginning with one from a former federal official who continues to do extensive work on federal data policy and data usage. Next will come an institutional voice, who will describe the responses from their leadership and the public, and how institutions can productively employ the data. Finally, these two will be followed by a member of the developer community to highlight some of possibilities they see in making the data available to students and other stakeholders. Ultimately, these perspectives will provide more information about what the College Scorecard means now and in the future for you and your institution.

Using and Improving the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education: The 2015 Update and Beyond

Presenters: Victor Borden, Professor and Director, Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education; Phoebe Wakungu, Research Scientist and Project Manager, Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education; Chris Stewart, Doctoral Student and Project Research Assistant, Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

Within this session, the CCIHE staff will first present to AIR colleagues a brief review of the history and context of the Classification, as well as the changes implemented in the 2015 update. Most of the session time will be used to engage colleagues in roundtable discussions about three issues:

  • What features of CCIHE should be preserved?
  • What is important to improve or change?
  • What innovations would the IR community like to see added to the CCIHE system going forward?
  • Finally, the CCIHE staff will describe existing ways for IR scholar-practitioners to provide ongoing feedback and remain updated about CCIHE developments. They will also ask for suggestions for more ways to keep the dialogue open and accessible.


Additional Opportunities

Pre-Conference workshops are also held Tuesday, May 31. These workshops require an additional registration fee and seating is limited.

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