MdAIR 31st Annual Conference

October 27, 2017

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD

Storytelling With Data: Bringing Your Story to Life

This year’s conference theme looks at the increasing importance of telling your institution's story. In the digital age, our data stories can offer contextual insight.


We hope you will join us at MdAIR’s Fall 2017 Annual Conference! 

Keynote Speaker

Our keynote speaker is Dr. Andrea Lex, Senior Vice President for Operations at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Lex will discuss the new Middle States standards which place an even greater emphasis on articulating data as evidence for the institutions’ efforts in meeting the goals they have set for themselves as well as with the accreditation standards.

Tell Me a Story

We all like a good story – particularly when the ending is happy and/or inspirational.  Literary scholars tell us that the best stories have a clear and sustained focus, well-defined characters, and a compelling plot that leads to a thoughtful resolution.  Perhaps attending to some of these principles of good writing can assist us to more effectively use data to share our story with our many audiences and stakeholders.  


About Dr. Lex Biography

Dr. Andrea A. Lex is currently the Senior Vice President for Operations at the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Her previous positions included Dean of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research, Prince George’s Community College, Maryland; Senior Director, Student and Administrative Services, University of Washington, Seattle; Associate Vice President for Planning and Budget, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh; and Director of Institutional Research, Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh.

Andrea is a past president of SCUP and recipient of the Society’s Distinguished Service Award. Andrea received her Master’s and Ph.D. in counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and a bachelor’s in theology, with concentrations in psychology and philosophy from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.

Presentations at this year's conference

Tableau Makes Data Cool

Ricka Fine, Tricia Selby, Karen Egypt

College Affordability: Extending the Lumina Foundation Model to Professional Education
Greg Spengler, Doug Nutter

Telling our Story - Transitioning to a Modern Data Ecosystem
Michelle Appel, Thomas Dobrosielski

Assessment As Research: Steps in ensuring alignment of assessment tools.
Javarro Russell

Decoding Computer Science Pathways
Matthew Koerner, Megean Garvin, Laia Tiderman

Contextualizing Your Institutional Aid Story With National Data:
Results of the 2016 NACUBO Tuition Discounting Study
Lindsay Wayt

Conference Schedule

8:30 - 9:00 Registration

9:00 - 9:55 Keynote Presentation

10:15 - 11:00 Concurrent Sessions I

11:15 - 12:00 Concurrent Sessions II

12:00 - 1:15 Lunch and Annual Business Meeting

1:35 - 2:20 Concurrent Sessions III

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