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2015 Conference Schedule

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Schedule at a Glance

Tuesday, November 3
IPEDS Workshop (Tuesday, November 3)9:00AM-5:00PM


Wednesday, November 4
Registration7:30 AM-5:00 PM
Professional Development Opportunity
(Morning Sessions)
8:30 AM-12:00 PM
Professional Development Opportunity
(Afternoon Sessions)
1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Welcome Reception5:00 PM – 7:00PM


Thursday, November 5
Registration (Continued)7:30 AM-12:00 PM
Exhibitor Fair7:30 AM-5:00 PM
First Plenary Session and Keynote Address8:30 AM-9:45 PM
Concurrent Sessions10:15 PM-12:00 PM
Lunch and MidAIR Business Meeting12:00 PM-1:30 PM
Concurrent Sessions Continued1:45 PM-4:30 PM


Friday, November 6
Exhibitor Fair7:30 AM-12:00 PM
Second Plenary Session8:30 AM-9:45 AM
Concurrent Sessions Continued10:15 AM-11:00 AM



Thursday, November 5, 2015


Networking & Logistics

6:30 – 9:00 AMBreakfast (Terrace Grille/Hotel Lobby)
7:30 AM –12:00 PMRegistration (Ballroom/Lobby)


First Plenary Session

First Plenary Session
8:35 – 9:45 AM



Paul Klute, MidAIR

Keynote Address: XX

Christine Keller, Vice President of Research & Policy Analysis, Association of Public and Land-gran Universities (APLU)



Refreshment Break
9:45 – 10:15 AM


Refreshments served

Concurrent Session 1

Session 1AACTionable Data: Prospect Sources for Enrollment Management
10:15 – 11:00AM

Kansas A

Matt Simpson, Ozarks Technical Community College


Over the past several years, Ozarks Technical Community College has used data from ACT to create prospect lists of potential students. This presentation will cover the use of those lists, results and an overview of alternative external data sources.



Session 1bDealing with Large Volumes of Requests
10:15 – 11:00AM

Kansas B

Keith Lyles, Columbia College
This session is focused on demonstrating how to leverage technology and different techniques to successfully respond to increasing demands for data from both internal and external sources. The presenter is one of three Reporting Analysts that provides information for all of Columbia College. The college has a main campus, nationwide campuses, and a significant online presence with approximately 16,000 students. Ticketing systems, communication, and division of labor are to be discussed..


10:15 – 11:00AM

Kansas C

David Collum & Timothy Delicath, Missouri Baptist University
This presentation will focus on the creation of the ultimate course syllabus for open pathways accreditation. The creation of the ultimate syllabus will emphasize goal alignment from institutional goals to division goals to program goals to course goals, rigor assurance, and the credit hour calculator.


Concurrent Session 2

Session 2aWhat Are We Getting for the Money: Studying the Effectiveness of State Grants and Scholarships
11:15AM – 12:00PM

Kansas A

Jeremy Kintzel, Missouri Department of Higher Education
The presentation will detail a study of student outcomes for state grant recipients conducted for the Joint Committee on Education of the Missouri General Assembly. The study leveraged public high school core data, state grant disbursement records, ACT and FAFSA data, postsecondary enrollment and completions data, and National Student Clearinghouse data, and reported persistence and graduation for Access and A+ recipients, transfer for A+, and out-migration for Bright-Flight eligible students.


Session 2bHow Economic Planners Assess the Relevance of Education Programs using CIP, SOC, BLS, & LMI
11:15AM – 12:00PM

Kansas B

Michelle D. Olsen, Missouri State University


The goal of my presentation is to help attendees to understand the many to many relationships that exist between Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) and Standard Occupational Codes (SOC) and how those relationships can be used to conduct an educational program gap analysis, as well as assessing the strength of talent pools to support business creation and/or expansion.



Session 2CVisualizing Data for Proactive Decisions
11:15AM – 12:00PM

Kansas C

Joe DeHart, Des Moines Area Community College
Des Moines Area Community College has successfully evolved from a reactive mindset to a culture of proactive, data-driven decision making with self-service, interactive reports that are available immediately via the web, iPad® or tablet. By encompassing predictive analytics into the decision making process and empowering staff with access to powerful analytical tools, the college is making better decision about how it can best serve its students. From making connections between registration behavior and graduation success rates to how to measuring placement test effectiveness, learn how DMACC is using SAS® Visual Analytics as the foundation for their success.


Lunch and midair business meeting
12:00 – 1:30 PM


State of the Organization address, awards, and other business

Melissa Giese, MidAIR President

Concurrent Session 3

Session 3a


1:45 – 2:30PM

Kansas A

Sally Garvin, Academic Management Systems
Learn how CoursEval can gather information to help with accreditation, institutional research, and other data to further institutional goals. CoursEval is a flexible online system that can be used to collect direct and indirect evidence of student learning, provide multiple measures for faculty evaluation, and be utilized in a variety of ways to rate student competencies, evaluate clinical/experiential courses, and provide other feedback data using powerful reporting features.


Session 3bA Decade of Community College Data from the NCCBP
1:45 – 2:30PM

Kansas B

Lou Guthrie & Michelle Taylor, Benchmarking Institute at Johnson County Community College
The National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP) is an annual data collection effort that was started in 2004 by the National Higher Education Benchmarking Institute (NHEBI).   With a decade of data to mine and annual participation of over 250 community colleges, this session will present some of the most interesting trend data from the study, as well as some recent results. Graduation rates, transfer rates, retention and persistence as well as trends in developmental course completions, tuition, operating revenue and completer employment metrics will be provided.



Session 3c


How Do We Get There? Paving the Way from Mine to Ours Using Open Sharing of Practices and Results
1:45 – 2:30PM

Kansas C

Bethany Miller, Cornell College
Effective collaboration requires transparency and sharing of information. This session will give participants an opportunity to consider the data sharing plans on their campuses and opportunities for more sharing and collaboration as a means to improve the dissemination and utilization of data, by offering a concrete example that has worked at one college. This session focuses on the leadership required for successful implementation of the model and highlight lessons learned since its inception.



Concurrent Session 4

Session 4a


Improving Institutional Report Card Indicators
2:45 – 3:30PM

Kansas A

Veronica McGowan, St. Gregory’s University
 Institutional report cards are increasingly being used by higher educational institutions to present academic outcomes to external audiences of prospective students and parents, as well as program and institutional evaluators. While some prospective students are served by national transparency measures most users mine information from the institutional web site, so even institutions at the bottom of the comparison spectrum need to manage their information dissemination to fulfill audience needs. An analysis of the Web-published institutional report cards and transparency reports of a representative sample of 82 American higher educational institutions yielded results which influenced the development of a taxonomy for institutional report cards for higher educational institutions.


Session 4b


The National Survey of Institutional Research Offices
2:45 – 3:30PM

Kansas B

Darlena Jones, Association for Institutional Research
IR professionals and senior leaders want comparative data about IR resources. A national survey is underway to collect information about IR tasks, staffing, and resources. The results will be widely disseminated to IR professionals, senior leaders, system heads, and other stakeholders. Come to this session to learn about this project and to discuss how the survey results can be used to benchmark your office’s resources in comparison with peer and aspirational institutions.


Session 4c


Daily enrollment tracking report on a shoestring
2:45 – 3:30PM

Kansas C

Natalie Alleman Beyers & Mark Gordon, Johnson County Community College
“We will show our audience how to build an enrollment report using Microsoft Excel, Power Query (Microsoft’s free Excel add-on) and Microsoft’s Access database.


The beauty of this setup is that it is simple, easily customizable, produces pleasing results and the cost is just the time you put in to it.


Users will be able to generate a daily report that can be distributed to campus stakeholders.


Note: we assume would-be users will be able to download data from their institution’s main student database. “




Refreshment Break
3:30 – 3:45PM


Refreshments served

Concurrent Session 5

Session 5a


CTE Student Retention Beyond Year One: Using Predictive Modeling to Improve Outcomes at Community College
3:45 – 4:30PM

Kansas A

Ryan Klotz & Eric Chambers, St. Louis Community College
Present on the ongoing efforts at STLCC to increase retention among CTE students beyond their first year in college using decision tree predictive modeling.


Session 5B


Getting on the same page: dashboard development for the leadership team
3:45 – 4:30PM

Kansas B

Egon Heidendal, Northwest Missouri State University
This session will look at how Northwest Missouri State was able to work towards implementation of a university dashboard by focusing on the Board of Regents and leadership team first. This created buy-in which has led to full support for the project. Included software, licenses, and support in the form of resources.



Session 5C


Helping Faculty and Staff Understand the Functions of IR
3:45 – 4:30PM

Kansas C

Carol Sholy & Larry Westermeyer, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Many clients may not fully understand the functions of your campus’ institutional research (IR) office. IR staff at the University of Missouri-St. Louis have designed a workshop that provides the user with information about the mission and functions of IR, websites that may be of interest, and the various data that is available. The presenters will provide a discussion of this workshop and how the content may be of use to other IR offices.

Board Meeting

MidAir board meeting

Taneycomo Hospitality

MidAIR Board of Directors Only


Evening EventBrew Tour
5:00PMMother’s Brewery
Hotel LobbyIf you like craft beers and don’t mind learning a thing or two, come by for the Mother’s Brewery Tour. We’ll show you the brewing equipment and how it works. We’ll tell you about the brewing process and what goes into creating a great craft beer. And we’ll let you see and smell the differences among various hops and grains, explaining how a given ingredient impacts the beers you love. We’ll even share a little about the building’s story and how it fits into Springfield’s rich history



Friday, November 6, 2015


Second Plenary Session

8:30 – 9:45AM


Opening Remarks & Introduction

John Clayton, MidAIR


Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Chief Information and Research Officer, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society



Refreshment Break
9:45 – 10:15AM


Refreshments served

Concurrent Session 6

Session 6aShow Me State Legislative Data: Using Access to Create Geographic Reports
10:15 – 11:00AM

Kansas A

Misty Tollett & Matt Simpson, Ozarks Technical Community College
 Have you ever been asked to compile a large amount of data in a concise, easy to read format, and visions of tedious formatting of page after page have popped in your head? In Spring 2015, the 12 Missouri Community Colleges were tasked to create a one-page Legislative Impact Statement with information regarding their respective students for each of the 163 House and 34 Senate Districts in the State of Missouri. Ozarks Technical Community College led the charge in creating a user-friendly, customizable Access template for each school to utilize in their report preparation. This session will highlight the Access queries, tables and report writer tips and tricks used to create this report and how you can use the same concepts for your data reporting needs.








Session 6BUsing Data to Reveal a Compelling Story about the Attainment of Learning Outcomes
10:15 – 11:00AM

Kansas B

Javarro Russell, Educational Testing Services (ETS)
The purpose of this session is to demonstrate how assessment can be organized to improve the attainment of high quality data regarding student achievement of student learning outcomes. The session will be broken into three sections. Following a review of the state of assessment in higher education, there will be a discussion on identifying the most pressing questions about student learning at your institution. Next the presenter will identify the types of data that can be used to respond to those questions along with the pros and cons for each. The presenter will also identify ways to use the data to encourage academic innovation and to improve student learning. Each section of this presentation will include specific examples from institutions who engage in student learning outcomes assessments. Finally, the presenter will propose various “real life” assessment examples to the audience to uncover how the same data can be used at different institutions.


Session 6cMoving from Good to Great IR Reporting
10:15 – 11:00AM

Kansas C

Oyebanjo Lajubutu & Jerry Hammons, Missouri University of Science and Technology
With growing demands for data by internal and external customers, the traditional channels for sharing information by IR offices, mostly static PDFs, were no longer sufficient. Executive data users ”Chancellor, Provost, Deans, and Department Chairs” wanted more data, more interactive up-to-date data, on demand and on the fly. This presentation shows how an IR office transforms good IR PDF reports to great analytics and online interactive visualizations for optimal data-driven decision making and increased transparency.