Tuesday Impact Sessions

Tuesday afternoon kicks off the 2018 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 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.

May 29, 2018 • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

A Collaborative IR/IT Model to Enhance Data-Informed Decision Making

Presenters: Jonathan Gagliardi, American Council on Education; Timothy Chester, University of Georgia; Gina Johnson, Association for Institutional Research

An ongoing data revolution has contributed to a growing sea of demands for data, insight, and action among key internal and external stakeholders. Central to satisfying those demands are institutional research (IR) and Information Technology (IT), two functions that in collaboration with senior leaders hold the keys to enabling data-driven cultures and smarter campuses. The purpose of this session is to highlight the need to forge stronger partnerships between IT, IR, and senior leadership and explore how it can be accomplished in any setting. The session will address moving "should we collaborate?" (Yes!) to "how do we successfully collaborate?" to enhance data-informed decision making. Attendees will use tools for developing and enhancing collaboration in a workshop setting to prepare for using these tools in their own setting.

Creating a Higher Education System as an Engine for Social Mobility – The Key Leadership Role of IR/Data

Panelists: Archie Cubarrubia, Miami Dade College; Rachel Boon, Iowa Board of Regents; Jim Honan, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Nicole Iffill, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Moderator: Patrick Rossol-Allison, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The task seems momentous: How do we ensure that the U.S. higher education system promotes social mobility and economic development without replicating existing inequities? On this panel we will tie this big national question to the everyday work of IR/data professionals. We will explore (1) how IR/data as a key institutional capacity can actively lead to address this question, (2) good examples of institutions where data in the lead has created better results for students, (3) the emerging consensus about which data IR should be tracking to ensure that leaders manage all outcomes for all students, and (4) helpful resources. Throughout the session we will actively solicit attendee participation.

Exploring the Ethics of Analytics

Panelists: Julie Carpenter-Hubin, The Ohio State University; Iris Palmer, New America; Linda Sullivan, University of Central Florida
Moderator: Don Hubin, The Ohio State University

Data used in analytics projects include a vast mix of information, from student behavior to departmental spending, and everything in between. The use of these data specifically for predictive analytics initiatives presents complex ethical questions that institutions must consider. This session will explore the ethics of analytics, how to start a discussion in your setting, determining who should be involved in the process, and development of guidelines to ensure ethical processes. Presenters will also consider some ethical questions attendees might explore in their own settings with a group of stakeholders. The session will be a mix of presentation and discussion.

IPEDS Update

Presenter: Gigi Jones, National Center for Education Statistics

This session provides a general update on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). A review of the 2017-18 data collection year, information about changes for the 2018-19 collection, and an overview of Research and Development are provided.

May 29, 2018 • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Leveraging Resources for Data-Informed Decision Making

Presenters:  Jeremy Goodman, Olin College of Engineering;  KC Greaney, Santa Rosa Junior College;  Michele Hansen, Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis;  Jason Lewis, Association for Institutional Research;  Bethany Miller, Cornell College;  Katrina Mintz, Samford University;  Leah Ross, Association for Institutional Research;  Tim Stanley, Utah Valley University

If data and information are not used, they have no impact. As a result, the expertise and effort required to transform data into timely, usable, and actionable information is wasted, and opportunities to improve student success are missed. In this time of increased demand and expectations for data, analytics, information, and evidence, institutions seek to leverage resources to enhance data-informed decision making. How can institutional research play a central role in these efforts while partnering with professionals across the institution who have relevant skills and knowledge? This session explores the roles of IR professionals in curating data use through a user-focused approach to this work.

Higher Education Policy: From the Hill and the State House to Campus

Panelists: Thomas Harnisch, American Association of State Colleges and Universities; Kent Phillippe, American Association of Community Colleges; Amanda Roberson, Institute for Higher Education Policy; Craig Lindwarm, The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities ; Christina Whitfield, State Higher Education Executive Officers
Moderator: Eric Kelderman, The Chronicle of Higher Education

This session will bring attendees a timely assessment of the climate in Washington, D.C. with respect to higher education policy conversations and potential legislation. Panelists will engage in a discussion of the issues of the day with a particular focus on national policy as it applies to institutional research, institutional effectiveness, assessment, and accreditation. Included in this session will be a consideration of how professionals who play a central role in data-informed decision making in their settings can engage in policy conversations at the federal and state level, including educating those in their setting on these topics and sharing the perspective of their setting with the policy community.

Institutional Researchers as Change Agents

Presenters: Michael Le, Humboldt State University; Archie Cubarrubia, Miami Dade College; Kristin McKinley, Lawrence University; Anita Bringas, University of New Mexico, Taos; Gina Johnson, Association for Institutional Research

Higher education often takes a leadership role in challenging discussions that shape the culture and climate of their institutions. How does institutional research - data, information, and analysis for decision making - guide and shape these conversations? How can professionals in this field serve as advocates for improved climate? This session will explore how IR professionals engage in conversations related to equity, campus climate, sexual harassment and assault, student mental health, student financial needs, and others. This will include an exploration of the role of developing data collection and analyses to inform conversations and climate improvement efforts. Attendees to this session will hear from a panel of colleagues and engage in structured small and large group discussion to explore the topic.

Measuring Higher Education Outcomes: Collection, Dissemination, and Use of Data

Presenters: Laura Palucki Blake, Harvey Mudd College; Laura Fingerson, Capella University; Yash Morimoto, Santa Fe Community College; David Troutman, University of Texas System

How do we measure success in higher education? How is it defined by an institution, its leadership, its students, the community, and employers? How do we truly measure what is important and avoid the use of proxy measures for success? As William Bruce Cameron stated, "not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts." This session will explore the ways in which institutions are defining outcomes, developing measures to assess these outcomes, collecting data, and sharing these data with stakeholders for accountability and decision-making purposes. Attendees will hear from a panel representing a variety of settings about the ways they are measuring and utilizing outcomes data.

Additional Opportunities

Pre-conference workshops are also held Tuesday, May 29. These workshops require an additional registration fee and seating is limited.

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