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 to 4:30 PM.
Schedule details for the following sessions will be added to this page at a later date. Please check back for these details and additional updates to sessions listed below.
Measuring Higher Education Outcomes: Collection, Dissemination, and Use of Data
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 explores 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 with representatives from a variety of settings about the ways we can measure and utilize outcomes data.
Maximizing IR Capacity: Leveraging Resources for Data-informed Decision Making
In this age of increased demand and expectations for data and analytics capacity, coupled with relatively stagnant funding for human resources, how can institutions leverage the resources they have to enhance their data-informed decision making? How can institutional research play a central role in these efforts while leveraging the many professionals across the institution with skills and knowledge in these areas? This session explores the roles of IR offices and professionals in leading these efforts and in educating, training, and coaching institutional colleagues in data, information, and analysis. Utilizing outsourcing to expand capacity is also explored.
Institutional Researchers as Change Agents
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 explores how IR professionals engage in conversations related to equity, campus climate, sexual harassment and assault, student mental health, student financial needs, and others. This includes an exploration of the role of developing data collection and analyses to inform conversations and climate improvement efforts. Attendees will hear from a panel of colleagues and engage in structured small and large group discussion to explore the topic.
Higher Education Policy: From the Hill and the State House to Campus
This session brings 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 is 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 settings on these topics and sharing the perspective of their settings with the policy community.
A Collaborative IR/IT Model to Enhance Data-Informed Decision Making
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 among IT, IR, and senior leadership and explore how this can be accomplished in any setting. The session moves from "should we collaborate?" (Yes!) to "how do we successfully collaborate?" to enhance data-informed decision making. Attendees will engage with tools for developing and enhancing collaboration in a workshop setting to prepare for using these tools in their own setting.
Exploring the Ethics of Analytics
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 explores the ethics of analytics: how to start a discussion in your setting, determining who should be involved in the process, and developing guidelines to ensure ethical processes. Presenters also consider some ethical questions attendees might explore in their own settings with a group of stakeholders. The session contains a mix of presentation and discussion.
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.