Tuesday Impact Sessions

Tuesday afternoon kicks off the 2017 Forum with a series of invited Impact 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 are included in your regular Forum registration. Impact Sessions will include lecture and panel presentations followed by interactive discussions. Impact Sessions are scheduled in two time blocks, from 1:00 PM-2:30 PM and 3:00 PM-4:30 PM.

Tuesday, May 30 • 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

Future Directions of Assessment in Higher Education

Panelists: Tammie Cumming, Higher Education Officer and Director, Office of Assessment and Institutional Research, CUNY – New York City College of Technology; L. Jay Deiner, Professor, Chemistry Department, CUNY – New York City College of Technology; Thomas F. Nelson Laird, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University; M. David Miller, Professor and Director, School of Human Development and Organizational Studies in Education, University of Florida; Catherine Wehlburg, Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Texas Christian University

The importance of having quality assessments for accountability has become a priority for accrediting agencies.  This session discusses methods of examining the quality of assessments as outlined in the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing (2014) focusing on validity, reliability and fairness.  Psychometric methods in higher education are discussed from both a theoretical and applied perspective.

IPEDS Update

Presenter: Richard Reeves, Postsecondary Branch Chief, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

This session provides a general update on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). A review of the 2016-17 data collection year, information about changes for the 2017-18 collection, and an overview of Research and Development are provided.

IR's Role in Organizational Diversity and Inclusion Conversations

Panelists: Archie Cubarrubia, Vice Provost, Institutional Effectiveness, Miami Dade College; Michael Le, Research Associate, Humboldt State University; Tod Massa, Policy Research and Data Warehousing Director, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia; Kristin McKinley, Director of Research Administration, Lawrence University; Jason Rivera, Director of Institutional Research, Dickinson College

Moderators: Erika Farfan, Director of Institutional Research, Kenyon College; Waddell Herron, Associate Director (retired), Analytic Studies Division, CSU Office of the Chancellor; Gina Johnson, Strategy Director for IR Capacity Initiatives, AIR

Institutional research tells the story of students and their college experiences with data. What should IR professionals’ roles be in organizational conversations about diversity and inclusion? This session will feature a panel of IR professionals involved in these conversations at their organizations. It will explore such questions as: What are promising practices for meaningful data and information sharing related to diversity and inclusion? In the current political environment, how do IR professionals balance collection of data to inform and assess our successes and challenges related to diversity and inclusion with protection of students and employees and their data? The second half of the session will feature panelists responding to challenging questions commonly asked by stakeholders, encouraging attendees to develop vocabulary to respond to questions they encounter.

The Analytics Revolution and Implications for IR

Presenters: Presenters: Stephanie A. Bond Huie, Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives, the University of Texas System; Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Assistant Vice President, The Ohio State University; Jonathan S. Gagliardi, Associate Director, Center for Policy Research and Strategy, ACE; Amelia Parnell, Vice President for Research and Policy, NASPA

The desire among colleges and universities to use data to make better decisions is rapidly accelerating. This has whetted the appetite of key internal and external decision-makers whose interests are many and needs are great. These growing demands, in addition to the traditional tasks of IR, have expanded the roles and importance of the function, which increasingly finds itself needing to balance being reflective with being predictive, and doing with delegating. This session unpacks the implications of the analytics revolution on IR, with a focus on how the function is evolving to improve student outcomes and performance.  

Tuesday, May 30 • 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Breaking Down Silos: Collaborating for Data-Informed Decision-Making

Panelists: Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA; Andy Brantley, President and CEO, CUPA-HR; Bill Dillon, Executive Vice President, NACUBO; Megan McClean Coval, Managing Director of Policy and Federal Relations, NASFAA; Tom Green, Associate Executive Director, AACRAO

Moderator: Christine Keller, Executive Director, AIR

For institutional research and assessment professionals, collaboration is the name of the game. Working across silos and, in some cases, breaking them down, by partnering with colleagues across institutions, systems, and organizations allows for more effective use of data and information for decision making to occur. In this session, leaders from higher education professional associations representing professionals in fields that commonly utilize data and information will share the perspective of their membership and how institutional researchers and assessment professionals can build collaborative relationships for the benefit of all.

Data Visualization Showcase

Presenters: Ozlem Kacira, Research Advanced Analyst, Planning & Institutional Research, Pima Community College; Christopher Pena, Director of Data Management, Institutional Research & Analysis, University of Denver; David Troutman, Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Research and Decision Support, Office of Strategic Initiatives, The University of Texas System; Arie Spirgel, Senior Research Associate, Institutional Effectiveness, Nova Southeastern University

Moderator: Michelle Appel, Director, Assessment and Decision Support, University of Maryland-College Park

A multitude of tools and promising practices exist for visualizing data for informing and decision making. This session will feature a showcase of tools and techniques for utilizing data to inform and present. Presenters were all provided the same dataset and guiding questions and each used a different tool (Excel, R, Tableau, and SAS Visual Analytics) to create a visual display of the data. Each will present their work with the session moderator highlighting best practice in visualization throughout the presentation.  

Enhancing Partnerships between Institutional Research and Information Technology

Panelists: Elizabeth Clune-Kneuer, Director of Analytics & Reporting, Office of Research, Assessment, & Effectiveness, Prince George's Community College; Michael Gass, Director of Institutional Research, Effectiveness and Planning, UNC Asheville; Hank Childers, Executive Director for University Analytics and Institutional Research, University of Arizona; Marc Hoit, CIO, North Carolina State University; Celeste Schwartz, CIO, Montgomery County Community College 

Moderators: Susan Grajek, Vice President for Research, EDUCAUSE; Gina Johnson, Strategy Director for IR Capacity Initiatives, AIR; Robinson Neidhardt, Strategy Director for Technology, AIR;

In this era of greater demand for data and information to inform decision making in higher education, it is more critical than ever to utilize resources, both human and technical, to maximize efficiency and success. IR and IT both have important, specific roles to play in enhancing the use of data and information in institutions, systems, and organizations. How they work together to accomplish this crucial work varies by organizational goals and structure, but opportunities and methods for collaboration exist everywhere. This session will provide practical ways for IR and IT to communicate, connect, and collaborate through examples from institutions and the professional associations for the respective fields (AIR and EDUCAUSE). 

Washington Update: Higher Ed Policy in the New Administration

Panelists: Panel One - Tom Harnisch, Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis, AASCU; Kent Phillippe, Associate Vice President, Research and Student Success, AACC; Jason Ramirez, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, NAICU; Jamey Rorison, Director of Research and Policy, IHEP; Panel Two – Archie Cubarrubia, Vice Provost, Institutional Effectiveness, Miami Dade College; Braden Hosch, Assistant Vice President, Office of Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness, Stony Brook University; Cate Rowen, Executive Director, Institutional Research, Smith College  

Moderator: Teri Hinds, Director for Policy and Research Advocacy, NASPA

This session will feature data policy experts from national higher education membership and advocacy associations bringing participants an up-to-the-minute assessment of the climate in the new administration, Congress, and within the Department of Education with respect to higher education in general, proposed data privacy legislation, and the expected timetable and drivers for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. The presenters are all seasoned data policy experts and will engage in a panel conversation of the issues of the day with a particular focus on national policy as it applies to institutional research, institutional effectiveness, assessment, and accreditation. The policy panel will be followed by a panel of institutional research professionals sharing ways in which session attendees can be involved in policy discussions and implementation as part of their IR work.


Additional Opportunities

Pre-Conference workshops are also held Tuesday, May 30. These workshops require an additional registration fee and seating is limited.

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