Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshops engage participants in learning about practical tools and techniques of assessment, institutional research, and statistics and are led by respected leaders and innovators in higher education. Seats are limited to ensure a more interactive learning environment and an additional fee is required to attend. Register today to reserve your seat.

MAY
30

Monday - Full Day (8:00AM - 4:00PM)


A Step-by-Step Introduction To Building A Student-At-Risk Prediction Model ($220.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: John Stanley (University of Hawaii - West Oahu), Serge Herzog (University of Nevada, Reno)

To improve student retention, and thus improve net tuition revenues, IR offices are asked to help identify which students are likely to drop out. The purpose of this workshop is to teach institutional research professionals how to effectively build and implement a predictive model for student dropout and retention, using standard regression methods with SPSS. Participants will follow on their laptops while instructors demonstrate step-by-step instructions (via overhead projection) on how to build a model with start-of-semester data that yield the relative dropout risk for each student. The workshop will highlight how dropout risk data are used by academic support services to tangibly improve student retention. Knowledge of statistical variance, correlation, and regression is recommended.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Develop a conceptual understanding of how predictive models developed by an IR office can improve institutional effectiveness;
  • Learn how to set up a matriculation system (or census warehouse) data file in SPSS that can be used to develop a predictive statistical model to identify students at risk;
  • Learn how to use historical data to develop predictor coefficients to estimate (score) the dropout risk for students in future cohorts explanation; and
  • Learn how to translate the student dropout risk into a relative percentile risk score to assist student support services with actionable information.

Note: Participants are required to bring a laptop capable of running SPSS software. AIR will provide participants with a link to download a trial version of this software in advance of the workshop.



IPEDS Keyholder Training ($25.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Kristina (Cragg) Powers (Bridgepoint Education), Yvonne Kirby (Central Connecticut State University)

This new Keyholder workshop is designed as base-level training and thorough introduction to the IPEDS data collection cycle and reporting requirements. Created specifically for new IPEDS Keyholders, this workshop outlines the roles and responsibilities of Keyholders, and the resources available to assist in the IPEDS planning and reporting processes. Participants will create an IPEDS planning calendar for the upcoming data collection cycle, and also engage in professional networking, valuable to institutional researchers in their new roles.

This curriculum is intended for officially-designated IPEDS Keyholders, as well as individuals who serve in secondary roles (proxy Keyholders) and assist official IPEDS Keyholders with data collection and entry.

Note: Participants attending this workshop are required to bring a laptop with Wi-Fi capability and Microsoft Excel installed.



Leadership In IR And IE: Enhancing Personal And Professional Effectiveness ($220.00) SOLD OUT

Presenter: Bill Knight (Ball State University)

Despite increasing demands for accountability and institutional improvement, there is evidence that IR and IE are not meeting their potential in leading and supporting evidence-based decision making. One reason is an emphasis on technical-analytical skills, rather than other aspects of organizational intelligence. This workshop provides real-world IR and IE examples, case studies, and other hands-on learning strategies to help participants enhance their skills in the areas of personal and social competency, successful navigation of campus politics and cultures, effective use of information, and career management. The workshop is based upon the presenter’s new book and his experience in leadership within the Association for Higher Education Effectiveness. All materials and discussions are provided in the context of IR.

Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of:

  • Emotional intelligence in the workplace and being successful in campus political environments;
  • Why information is often not used and how to promote its use;
  • Several frameworks and practices of leadership; and
  • Navigating career paths that they can apply to their current and future jobs.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Monday Workshops - Half Day Morning (8:00AM - 11:30AM)


Data Visualization for Institutional Research: SAS ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: John Berry (SAS Institute, Inc.), Diane Marian (University of North Carolina General Administration)

This hands-on workshop will show how to use SAS® Visual Analytics to analyze complex data quickly and easily, with no coding required. This software is designed to be easy to use, so that anyone can benefit, from statisticians and data scientists to institutional researchers with limited technical skills. Sophisticated analytics, including decision trees, on-the-fly forecasting, and scenario analysis, are seamlessly integrated in SAS® Visual Analytics with ease-of-use features such as auto charting, “what does it mean?” pop-ups, and drag and-drop capabilities. Participants will learn how this software can help them look at large amounts of data, uncover hidden opportunities, identify key relationships, and make precise decisions through self-service, ad hoc visual data discovery and exploration.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn how to quickly access their data;
  • Learn how to create meaningful reports to answer questions with data; and
  • Explore enrollment data.

Note: Participants are required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Developing Good Questions To Get Good Answers: Research Designs, Methods, And Ethics ($110.00)

Presenter: Justin Shepherd (Georgia Institute of Technology)

Seemingly simple questions often generate complex answers. Providing quality answers requires a specific, measurable 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, sharing ideas, and gaining a better understanding of the nuances of research.

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • What it takes to develop a good research question;
  • What design to use in order to appropriately answer questions;
  • What methods to employ; and
  • What ethical guidelines to follow.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop. However, participants may find it useful to attend with a laptop that has Microsoft Excel, SAS, STATA, or SPSS available.



Tableau Boot Camp: Learn How To Go From Raw Data To Polished Interactive Visualizations ($110.00) Available only to attendees previously registered for Leveraging Embedded Analytics To Leap From Good To Great IR Reporting

Presenters: Mark Leany (Utah Valley University), Tim Stanley (Utah Valley University)

Tableau is a readily available data visualization tool that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. This workshop consists of hands-on experience using Tableau to build attractive, interactive data visualizations. Participants will receive instructions on how to install a special, extended-evaluation version of Tableau (offering 4 weeks access, instead of the usual 2), which they will install on the laptops they bring to the workshop. They will also receive a printed workbook, data and resource files, and sample Tableau workbooks that will include the visualizations created in the workshop. By the end of the day, participants will have created interactive visualizations using our example files, and will have the confidence to use Tableau to enhance their own reporting. This workshop is updated to the latest version of Tableau.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Build interactive data visualizations starting from example files using Tableau;
  • Understand basic concepts regarding how to use parameters, calculated fields, and various other Tableau features;
  • Understand basic best practices in creating meaningful and useful data visualizations; and
  • Develop the confidence to use Tableau to enhance their own reporting.

Note: AIR will provide participants with a trial version of Tableau in advance of the workshop. Participants are required to bring to the workshop a laptop that is loaded with either this trial version or with your own Tableau license (if you already have one).



Student Learning Outcomes for Institutional Effectiveness ($110.00) CANCELLED

Presenter: Paula Krist (University of San Diego)

Student learning outcomes undergird institutional effectiveness (IE). This kind of assessment strengthens academic programs and student affairs units. Direct evidence of student learning promotes improvement and meets accreditation and accountability requirements. Participants will learn to lead groups in developing student learning outcomes and measures that will strengthen programs at their institutions and provide data for other audiences. The workshop will include resources and suggestions for working with faculty and student support personnel. Presenters will highlight resources available to IR assessment practitioners.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Clarify terminology commonly used to address key aspects of effective program assessment;
  • Be able to situate student outcomes assessment within the institution's mission and the division's mission;
  • Develop student learning outcomes and evidence gathering strategies for a specific academic or student support unit;
  • Analyze results to determine action plans;
  • Consider ways to present results to institutional constituents;
  • Integrate frameworks for guiding other institutional professionals (faculty and staff) to create and implement good assessment plans;
  • Take away materials that can be utilized to implement effective student learning outcomes assessment as well as a list of references to support the effort; and
  • Learn how to guide faculty and staff in successful outcomes assessment at their institutions.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Survey Research: Best Practices for Institutional Research ($110.00)

Presenter: Lauren Conoscenti (Tufts University)

This workshop is designed to help newcomers to IR, or those who have only had minimal exposure to survey research get acquainted with the best practices in survey research methods. Participants will learn how to plan, design, launch, and manage effective surveys in a college or university environment. Critical decision points along the lifespan of the survey will be discussed, including how to choose a sample, how to maximize response rates, and what to do with incomplete surveys. Upon completion, participants will be able to approach survey projects equipped with strategies to gather appropriate, meaningful data for their institution.

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • How to craft effective and clear instruments with well-worded questions and good design aesthetics through leveraging survey features;
  • About improving response rate through incentivizing, reminders, sampling and panels, and other process elements; and
  • Different approaches to data cleaning, analysis, and reporting so that survey data can tell a useful story.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Monday Workshops - Half Day Afternoon (12:30PM - 4:00PM)


Designing The Dashboard For Information, Not Just Data ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenter: Jeremy Goodman (Olin College of Engineering)

It’s difficult to know where to start when designing a dashboard that really works for your campus. Too often, researchers jump in and start building a format using the data at hand, rather than answering the question, “why do we need a dashboard?” This workshop will present the approach that Olin College of Engineering recently used to ditch its old dashboard, and conceptualize a new one that would not only present data but also integrate an assessment process to transform data into usable information for the campus community. Through interactive exercises, each participant will work through stakeholder analyses to come to an understanding of needs, then identify the allies and resources available on campus to address the needs, and design an iterative process to bring their ideas to fruition.This session will emphasize a mission-driven, collaborative approach to dashboard design.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Identify key goals for a dashboard that turns data into information using needs and stakeholder analyses;
  • Identify the resources that might already be available on their campus, such as individuals, technology, etc.; and
  • Draft a preliminary plan for how to design a process that works for their campus based on the Olin experience.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Excel Macros Boot Camp: How To Create, Run, And Modify Macros ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Mark Leany (Utah Valley University), Tim Stanley (Utah Valley University)

In this workshop, participants will learn how to set up, access, and design Excel macros, including recording, executing, and editing. This is a hands-on workshop; participants will build basic macros as they learn. Participants will work through some of the partial code example exercises and practice problems in a provided workbook. The workbook includes additional opportunities for further study, such as examples of macro functions and programming features that cannot be recorded, and answers to all of the practice exercises. Prior macro experience is not required, but participants should have a working knowledge of Excel.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Identify when using an Excel macro would be advantageous and consider alternate time-saving strategies;
  • Learn how to create basic macros (including recording common actions;
  • Learn how to read and edit macros using Excel Visual Basic for Applications (VBA); and
  • Learn different ways to execute macros.

Note: Participants attending this workshop are required to bring a laptop with Excel 2010 or 2013 installed. This workshop is for Excel for Windows only as many of the macro features do not work properly on a Mac.



Introduction To Institutional Research ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Eric Atchison (Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning), Michelle Appel (University of Maryland)

This workshop is designed for individuals who are new to the field of institutional research (IR). In this workshop we review the typical roles and responsibilities associated with IR, highlight useful resources, and learn how to develop connections with others in the field. This is an informative and interactive workshop that is useful to new IR professionals.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain an understanding of common projects and responsibilities in institutional research;
  • Be able to identify useful resources to aid in their work and professional development; and
  • Learn how to develop relationships with other professionals in the IR field.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Research Design, Statistics, And The Practice Of IR: Comparing Group Mean Differences ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenter: Mary Ann Coughlin (Springfield College)

Institutional researchers often struggle to determine the appropriate statistic to use, even after successfully creating solid research designs and providing descriptive statistics. How does one move from research designs and descriptive statistics to inferential statistics that best answer the research question? This workshop will discuss the link between research design and statistics. More specifically, the session will explore common research questions from IR applications about group mean differences, and describe the link between these research questions and the appropriate use of inferential statistics such as t-tests and analysis of variance (ANOVA). In addition, the workshop will explore the application of independent groups and repeated measures designs. The presenter will discuss and explore the theory behind these statistics and the appropriate links to practical applications within the field of IR. The goal of this workshop is to empower participants to make informed decisions about group mean comparisons.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand the link between research design and the application of the statistical analyses;
  • Understand and be able to interpret the analysis of independent groups and repeated measures t-tests; and
  • Understand and be able to interpret the analysis of one-way independent groups and one-way repeated measures Analyses of Variance (ANOVA).

Note: Participants are required to bring a laptop capable of running SPSS software. AIR will provide participants with a trial version of this software in advance of the workshop.


Working With National Student Clearinghouse Data: Tips From The Source ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Jason DeWitt (National Student Clearinghouse)

Institutional researchers use the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker system to obtain subsequent enrollment and degree data for students who have graduated or transferred. The StudentTracker detail file provides comprehensive enrollment and degree history with one row per student, per term, per institution. New users will benefit from detailed explanations of the file layout and data elements included. Users of all levels will benefit from hands-on Excel exercises in transforming the “long” format detail file to “wide” format with calculated outcomes. This workshop is especially relevant to participants from institutions using NSC data for IPEDS Outcome Measures reporting.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the source, data definitions, and values for each variable in the StudentTracker detail file;
  • Learn the most efficient way to transform the detail file from a "long" format file with many rows per student, to a de-normalized "wide" format file with one row per student; and
  • Learn about metadata and lookup tables on the NSC Research Center website that can enhance the usefulness of the data in the StudentTracker detail file, while saving the user many hours of manual coding.

Note: Participants attending this workshop are required to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel installed.

MAY
31

 

Tuesday Workshops - Full Day (8:00AM - 4:00PM)


Asking Good Questions: The Survey Design Process ($220.00)

Presenter: Janel Sutkus (Carnegie Mellon University)

This workshop is designed to provide participants with a solid practical foundation in survey design. The workshop will begin with a discussion of how to formulate good research questions, and the types of research questions that can be investigated through survey research. It will focus on how to develop, test, and revise survey items, and also consider the cognitive processes that affect how people respond to survey items, including a brief discussion of survey instrument organization and design, survey administration techniques, and pilot testing.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Develop a set of research questions to guide the survey design and analysis process;
  • Describe each of the steps in designing a survey instrument;
  • Identify improperly formatted survey items within existing survey instruments and suggest revisions to improve understandability and answerability;
  • Recognize that a cognitive process exists which can affect how respondents answer survey items;
  • Conduct the iterative process of developing, testing, and revising to create survey items that are understandable and answerable by respondents;
  • Design a well-organized, effectively ordered, and visually appealing survey instrument; and
  • Understand the need and process of pilot testing.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Best Practices For Reporting And Using IPEDS Data To Improve Office Efficiencies ($25.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Mary Ann Coughlin (Springfield College), Braden Hosch (Stony Brook University)

This workshop is an intermediate-level Keyholder training, designed for individuals who lead the IPEDS data submission cycles on their campuses and have done so for at least one full reporting cycle. Using IPEDS as a focus, participants will learn IR best practices and technical efficiencies in data management through Excel (e.g., pivot tables, merging data, custom formulas, and filters); examine multiple options for IPEDS submission (manual entry, .csv file upload, and XML); and learn how to use benchmarking data to address key institutional questions and needs.

Participants should have experience using the IPEDS Data Center to retrieve data, and a working knowledge of Excel (e.g., how to create basic formulas and sort data). This workshop will not review IPEDS survey component submission instructions or cover basic benchmarking concepts (though intermediate topics are covered).

This curriculum is intended for officially-designated IPEDS Keyholders as well as individuals who serve in secondary roles (proxy Keyholders) and assist official IPEDS Keyholders with the data collection and entry processes.

Using IPEDS as a focus, participants will:

  • Learn IR best practices and technical efficiencies in data management through Excel (e.g., pivot tables, merging data, custom formulas, and filters);
  • Examine multiple options for IPEDS submission (manual entry, .csv file upload, and XML); and
  • Learn how to use benchmarking data to address key institutional questions and needs.

Note: Participants are required to bring a laptop with Wi-Fi capability and Microsoft Excel installed.



Introduction To Linear And Logistic Regression In SPSS ($220.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Jessica Sharkness (Tufts University), Kevin Eagan (University of California-Los Angeles)

This workshop will focus on a basic understanding of ordinary least squares and binary logistic regression. Participants will learn the conceptual underpinnings of these two techniques, how to run the regressions in SPSS, and how to interpret the results. The workshop will provide a conceptual overview of the assumptions and principles of linear and logistic regression, as well as practical rules to consider when building regression models. Participants will be provided with a national survey dataset containing longitudinal information on college students with which to practice applying the concepts of linear and logistic regression through the use of SPSS.

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • The principles behind multiple linear regression and logistic regression;
  • How to run linear regression and logistic regression models using SPSS; and
  • How to interpret and use the results.

Note: Participants attending this workshop are required to bring a laptop capable of running SPSS software. AIR will provide participants with a trial version of this software in advance of the workshop.



Tuesday Workshops - Half Day Morning (8:00AM - 11:30AM)


Excel Dashboards From Unit Record Data Using PowerPivot ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenter: Craig Abbey (University at Buffalo)

In this workshop, participants will learn how to create dashboards in Excel using PowerPivot and unit record data. Using sample student, applicant, and HR data, participants will learn how to connect to different data sources, and to create calculated columns, fields, hierarchies, and customizable key performance indicators. Using slicers and filters, participants will learn how to create custom interactive views of data with graphs and tables. Layout and design which are important considerations, will also be covered.

Participants in this workshop will learn how to:

  • Connect to unit record data using PowerPivot and create simple calculated fields;
  • Create high-quality graphs from unit record data;
  • Design and lay out Strategic, Tactical, and Operational dashboards; and
  • Use advanced features of PowerPivot such as slicers, filters, hierarchies, KPI and table calculations.

Note: Participants attending this workshop are required to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel installed. PowerPivot comes installed in Excel 2013 and is an add-in for Excel 2010.



Facilitating Institutional Change By Building Your Soft Skills ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: John Pryor (Pryor Education Insights), Kristina (Cragg) Powers (Bridgepoint Education)

In addition to technical skills, soft skills such as effective presentation methodologies and techniques such as TED Talks) have become essential to being an integral part of the decision-making process. This workshop is designed to help IR professionals identify and develop important communication skills to facilitate the changing role of IR in many institutions. Topics include how information resonates with different groups, effective formats for communicating information to different audiences, and how to demonstrate knowledge of the topic, to be seen as a decision-making partner. Using institutional project examples, presenters will share experiences, practical strategies, and lessons learned regarding the necessity of soft skills in complex institutional projects.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand the motivations of different audiences and how to leverage that information in data presentations;
  • Learn and apply presentation methodologies and techniques for different audiences; and
  • Be exposed to strategies for becoming part of the decision-making process by leveraging knowledge of data analyses.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Tableau Boot Camp: Learn How To Go From Raw Data To Polished Interactive Visualizations ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Mark Leany (Utah Valley University), Tim Stanley (Utah Valley University)

Tableau is a readily available data visualization tool that has become increasingly popular over the last few years. This workshop consists of hands-on experience using Tableau to build attractive, interactive data visualizations. Participants will receive instructions on how to install a special, extended-evaluation version of Tableau (offering 4 weeks access, instead of the usual 2), which they will install on the laptops they bring to the workshop. They will also receive a printed workbook, data and resource files, and sample Tableau workbooks that will include the visualizations created in the workshop. By the end of the day, participants will have created interactive visualizations using our example files, and will have the confidence to use Tableau to enhance their own reporting. This workshop is updated to the latest version of Tableau.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Build interactive data visualizations starting from example files using Tableau;
  • Understand basic concepts regarding how to use parameters, calculated fields, and various other Tableau features;
  • Understand basic best practices in creating meaningful and useful data visualizations; and
  • Develop the confidence to use Tableau to enhance their own reporting.

Note: AIR will provide participants with a trial version of Tableau in advance of the workshop. Participants are required to bring to the workshop a laptop that is loaded with either this trial version or with your own Tableau license (if you already have one).



Using Community College Measures Of Effectiveness For Institutional Improvement And Accountability ($110.00)

Presenters: Kent Phillippe (American Association of Community Colleges), Dawn Cullity (American Association of Community Colleges)

Community colleges have developed the Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA), a data-reporting and accountability framework specific to measuring the sector's effectiveness and outcomes. Participants in this workshop will gain an understanding of the rationale and definition of the VFA's cohorts and measures, and get hands-on experience with reporting, viewing, and benchmarking VFA data. They will learn how to utilize the VFA's data, web-based collection, and reporting tool to do analysis and create reports for institutional improvement and accountability. Participants will go back to campus with report examples which they can modify withtheir own campus data.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand the rationale and meaning of the cohorts and measures in the VFA;
  • Learn how to use the VFA data tool to report, view, and benchmark their 's data; and
  • Know how to utilize the VFA data and tool to create reports and do analysis that directs improvement, strategic planning, restructuring, data consistency, accreditation, and accountability to internal and external stakeholders.

Note: Participants attending this workshop are required to bring a laptop with Wi-Fi capability.



Using Unemployment Insurance (UI) Wage Data to Inform Various Stakeholders ($110.00)

Presenters: David Troutman (The University of Texas System), Cathy Delgado (The University of Texas System Office)

What happens to students after they graduate? This workshop will share steps the University of Texas System took to develop a data sharing agreement with the state’s workforce commission. Presenters will provide detailed information about unemployment insurance (UI) data cleaning, and the preparation process for analysis purposes. Additional analyses demonstrating the utility of wage data to inform students and parents, administrators, and legislators about student success and the value of higher education will be discussed.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Gain an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of UI data and the technical aspects of preparing and cleaning wage data for analysis;
  • Develop a detailed understanding of the methods that can be employed to locate students after graduation as well as different ways that annual wage can be calculated;
  • Recognize the advantages and disadvantages of utilizing a cross sectional versus a longitudinal design related to wage data; and
  • Be able to draw from the detailed, real-world examples provided by the workshop presenters to better inform multiple types of audiences on their own campuses when presenting similar types of wage data in an accessible, digestible format.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Tuesday Workshops - Half Day Afternoon (12:30PM - 4:00PM)

Assessing Student Learning Outcomes At The Program Level ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Yongmei Li (Converse College)  

Academic program assessment, especially student learning outcomes assessment, is crucial for institutional effectiveness (IE). The major components of program-level student learning outcomes assessment include program mission, program-level student learning outcomes, measures, target achievement levels, results, and use of results to close the loop. This session will focus on what each component is and how to do each component in order to effectively assess student learning outcomes at the program level. Participants will also learn how to assess the quality of each component. The presenter will share a template and examples for program-level student learning outcomes assessment. The participants will leave the session with strategies to apply to program-level student learning outcomes assessment at their own institution.

Participants in this workshop will learn:

  • How to assess the quality of each program component; and
  • Strategies to apply to program-level student learning outcomes assessment at their own institution.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Creating an Authentic Culture of Assessment: Building Institutional Capacity to do Assessment ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Shari Ellertson (Boise State University), Ann Gansemer-Topf (Iowa State University), Lance Kennedy-Phillips (Pennsylvania State University)

Responsibilities of IR professionals have expanded to include the coordination and completion of assessment activities. To be effective, IR professionals find themselves in the role of teaching others how to do assessment. This workshop is for IR professionals who may be asked to help prepare other campus stakeholders for upcoming accreditation visits, or to train others to in their department or in their college on assessment activities. This “train the trainer” session will provide participants with several strategies for teaching or training others about assessment techniques, and allow participants to develop at least one workshop or course they can implement on their campuses.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Identify at least two new pedagogical strategies for teaching assessment in a classroom or workshop setting;
  • Create an outline or plan for least one workshop or course related to assessment;
  • Describe challenges associated with teaching assessment in a classroom or workshop setting and articulate approaches for addressing these challenges; and
  • Identify resources needed to develop effective assessment courses/workshops.

Note: Participants are not required to bring a laptop to this workshop.



Enrollment Forecasting In Excel ($110.00) SOLD OUT

Presenters: Eric Atchison (Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning), Wendy Kallina (Kennesaw State University)

As institutions focus on enrollment management, the ability to understand and project patterns of change becomes imperative. Providing timely and accurate forecasts to campus stakeholders can assist in the planning and development of physical, academic, and human resources. During this workshop, a brief history of forecasting techniques will be provided, using previous studies and summative literature. Examples of curve-fitting and causal models of enrollment forecasting including trend lines, exponential smoothing, moving averages, and linear regression will be examined. Specific examples using supplementary information, such as data about live births, high school graduates, and unemployment will be provided to expand on the basic methodological techniques.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Understand the history of enrollment forecasting in higher education;
  • Gain the knowledge and skills to implement various enrollment forecasting models;
  • Learn about limitations and other factors when considering an enrollment forecasting model;
  • Learn about additional resources available to assist in the forecasting process.

Note: Participants attending this workshop are required to bring a laptop with Microsoft Excel installed. The Excel Data Analysis Toolpak will be utilized during this workshop.