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2019 MdAIR Spring Institute

Data Teamwork

 Makes the Data Dream Work

Friday May 3, 2019
Chesapeake College 

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This year’s Spring Institute theme focuses on the collaborative work happening on our campuses or within our organizations every day.  The conference’s program will showcase best practices, stories of successful collaborations, lessons learned, and solutions to common issues.

Have you coordinated extensively with other departments or other stakeholders to leverage data for driving decisions? Do you have insight and information to share on best practices and lessons learned that can benefit others? Consider submitting a proposal for the upcoming Institute

2019 Spring Institute Program

8:30 – 9:00: Registration & Breakfast

9:00 – 9: 20: Welcome

  • Sadé and Chris Hall

9:30 – 10:20: Session I

Legislation, Policy, and Data

Not much happens in higher education that does not impact or affect institutional research. Come learn about updates from the most recent legislative session, talk about data implications, and participate in a Q&A

  • Tina Bjarekull (MICUA)
  • Brad Phillips (MACC)

10:30 – 12:00: Session II Power talks

Using GIS Data to Demonstrate Impact

Geographic Information System (GIS) visualizations are impactful because maps allow decision makers to see immediately areas served or underserved which can lead to improved planning and better decision making (GIS and Science, 2018). Maps also improve communication between stakeholders (GIS and Science, 2018). Maps particularly are useful in displaying the economic impact of a university (Using Geographic Information Systems to Create Meaningful Institutional Data and Analysis). This talk demonstrates the use of mapping data by state legislative district so internal and external stakeholders have a visual understanding of the contribution and economic impact of the university to the state.

  • Cheryl Rollins (Morgan State University)
  • Linda Loubert (Morgan State University)
  • Jamal Rollins (Prince George’s Community College)
  • Taj Rollins (Morgan State University)

Ideas to Frame and Capture those HIP Experiences on Campus

This presentation examines the variety of programs and areas where an institution can add HIP outcome overlays for students to demonstrate best work. While participating in the identified HIP area the students create an ePortfolio. Within the HIP program activities, the student determines how/if the experiences meet an outcome. Each portfolio component would include an element of reflection to connect the activity to the requirement.

  • Tanya Williams (Hood College)

Aligning Institutional and Programmatic Datasets to Inform and Implement Strategic Planning

The COEIT at UMBC recently began a new unit, Engineering and Computing Education Program to coordinate initiatives that financially, academically, and socially support students. The overall graduation rates within 6 years for the 2010 entering freshmen COEIT cohort are 45.7% males, 46.4% females, and 33.8% for underrepresented minority students. However, the graduation rate of scholars and scholar affiliates is improved with 72.0% males, 75.0% females, and 50.0% for underrepresented minority students. In order to identify significant support structures, we intend to align internal and independent datasets with specific programs, such as the Center for Women in Technology.

  • Karen Mattingly (University of Maryland, Baltimore County)
  • Megan Garvin (Maryland Center for Computing Education, USM)

Transformational vs. Transactional Leadership in Implementing Campus-Wide Assessment

Accountability, accreditation, and assessment have been reverberating with higher education institutions for the last several decades. Accreditation agencies demand colleges and universities implement a systematic, sustainable assessment process. Execution of the process requires effective leadership. This presentation shares Goucher College’s story of building a campus-wide assessment team with representation from each division. The team uses transformational leadership to inspire the campus community by integrating assessment with the college’s strategy framework and aligning unit objects with institutional goals and strategic priorities. Assessment ambassadors were enlisted to convey an understanding and appreciation of the value of assessment to their colleagues.

  • Shuang Liu (Goucher College)

12:00 – 1:20: Lunch & networking

1:30 – 2:30: Session III 

Bringing Data to the People: Diving into Data with Live Data Presentations

Have you ever wished you could spend more time diving into large data sets but are not able to? Or, have you ever wanted to add useful information into a report, but you were not sure which analyses would be the most useful for your stakeholders? The solution may be bringing the data to your stakeholders for a live data presentation! A live data presentation allows your stakeholders to ask in-depth questions about the data and have their questions answered immediately. In this session, we will discuss which datasets lend themselves to data presentations, give you tips about how to conduct a data presentation effectively, and participate in a live data presentation.

  • Shari Jurik (Prince George’s Community College)

Benchmarking Institutional Performance Metrics Using Two National Data Systems:The VFA and the VSA

What do institutions use to benchmark their performance against peers for strategic planning and accountability? IPEDS has a comprehensive data set but has limitations. The Voluntary Framework of Accountability (VFA) and the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) are two tools that have leveraged national data collections to provide institutions with a broader and more sector-appropriate set of outcome metrics for benchmarking. During this session presenters will walk through an evaluation of graduation rates from IPEDS, the VFA, and the VSA to understand the metrics available from these tools and to learn how to benchmark their institution against a comparison group.

  • Denise Nadasen (Association of Public and Land-grant Universities)
  • Vaughn Alexander Hendriex (American Association of Community Colleges)

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