Sunday PM Sessions

Half Day Workshops cost $90; Two-Part Workshops cost $190; and Newcomers to IR cost $120.  Pre-conference workshops are only open to NEAIR members.  If you are not attending the conference, pre-conference workshop only registration will open October 4th.
A Gentle Introduction to SQL
Don Smith, Carleton College

This workshop will provide attendees with a basic, hands-on introduction to using the SQL language. Attendees will learn the uses, strengths, and limitations of SQL, migrate data from Excel into the MySQL data management program, learn and practice basic SQL commands, and be introduced to free online resources that will allow them to develop their skills after the workshop has concluded. The workshop will emphasize real-world SQL applications for common IR tasks and demonstrate how the freely-available MySQL program can enhance the accuracy, transparency, and speed of an IR office's analysis and reporting while saving time and money. 
The workshop is specifically intended for IR professionals with limited or no programming experience. No experience using MySQL is necessary or expected.

Laptops with MySQL installed are required for this session. Detailed instructions on installing software will be provided in advance of the workshop.

*Benefit to IR/IE Newcomers
Create Infographics to Communicate Your Data
Laura Sturgill, Eastern University

In a world that is increasingly media-saturated, campus stakeholders are seeking and expecting digestible chunks of data. Charts, infographics, maps and pop out quotes are what capture attention as everyone scans their phone or social media sites for information. Institutional Research offices need to create these data visualizations in order to communicate the vast amount of information and data they are collecting and analyzing on a daily, monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Principles explored in this session will also be helpful for those who present frequently to campus stakeholders. This half-day workshop will teach participants how to create infographics and other media visualizations using Microsoft Office products.

Laptops are required for this session with PowerPoint and Excel, 2016 preferred. 

*Benefit to IR/IE Newcomers
Creating Dashboards to Align Strategic Planning Processes
Nasrin Fatima, Binghamton University - SUNY; John Berry, Senior Customer Advisor, SAS Education Practice

Creating Dashboards is an art that showcases large amount of data and statistics in a format that allows people to comprehend and digest large amounts of complex data effortlessly. When it comes to making decisions, tracking progress, or identifying areas to improve, creating Dashboards to tell your story can decrease the time it takes to understand, communicate, and analyze critical information.

This workshop will focus on how Binghamton University has established an integrated data collection and tracking process that is designed to collect data on key performance indicators at the department, division, and institutional levels for the support of strategic planning processes and outcomes.  Additionally, the workshop will cover how Binghamton subsequently built Dashboards using SAS Visual Analytics to track standard metrics and customize data output for different audiences. This workshop will also provide a hands-on, one of a kind learning experience for attendees to learn how to enhance their data visualization techniques and leverage the outcomes efficiently across campus. In addition, the presenters will illustrate the refinement, enhancement, and action plans taken to improve the data collection/visualization process.  Finally, the workshop will provide exposure to the analytics capabilities provided by SAS Visual Analytics, allowing attendees to capture additional value and derive actionable insight from their data.
During this session, the participants will learn methods to:
  • Build dashboards to track standard metrics and customize data output for different audiences
  • Align departmental, school/divisional, and institutional planning processes with standardized key performance indicators
  • Engage institution stakeholders to ensure data sources report consistent and relevant data
  • Leverage analytics to derive actionable insight from their data
Laptop and software will be provided for this workshop only.
Data Governance: Lessons  Learned and Next Steps for Successful Implementation
Val Nestor, Northeastern University; Alex Wagner, Lesley University

Data Governance is a pre-cursor to moving the needle on analytics in higher education.  This workshop is not an introduction to Data Governance concepts but rather a hands on session on how it can be successfully implemented. Two ongoing case studies, one from a large university and one from a small university will be highlighted.  These case studies will be utilized to show how to best operationalize Data Governance within a higher education institution.  This will include lessons learned from prior efforts.  Best practices from selected institutions as well as reference industries will be highlighted. We will also share templates that we hope will help you make your Data Governance initiative stronger. Policies and practices will be shown to be more important than specific implementation tools.

Laptops are not required for this session.
Developing Logistic Regression Models for Retention
Kate McLaren, Rebecca Mushet, Morgan Hawes, Bridgewater State University

To inform student success efforts, institutions are seeking advanced data-informed strategies that can more accurately pinpoint characteristics or experiences that facilitate retention. Binary logistic regression is one method that can be used to determine whether to select socio-demographic, academic preparation, financial, and other variables serve as significant predictors of retention.  Identifying significant predictors of retention can inform institutional priorities, programs, and policies and ultimately lead to increased student success rates.   This hands-on half-day workshop will provide participants with a step-by-step process for creating a binary logistic regression analysis in SPSS to determine predictors of retention. This is an applied rather than deeply theoretical statistical workshop, therefore, participants with or without formal education or training in inferential statistics are invited to attend. 

Laptops with SPSS (any version that has logistic regression analysis) installed are required in order to participate in this very hands-on workshop.


Getting Started with Tableau
John Ingram, Ingram Market Analytics

When analyzing data, half of the battle is explaining your amazing results to others. Tableau has become the go-to tool to visualize and share your results, quickly and easily, with clear, compelling graphs and charts. This workshop can help Tableau beginners get a firm foundation and greater understanding. It is also ideal for those who haven’t yet purchased Tableau, to help them understand all the benefits. This half-day workshop is for a
nyone who works with data, regardless of technical or analytical background.

Laptops with Tableau installed are required to participate in this session. 
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*Benefit to IR/IE Newcomers
Successfully Becoming a Director of IR/IE
William Knight, Miami University; Greg Rogers, Retired, Institution

Interested in becoming a director of IR/IE or just became one? What are your questions and concerns? Where can you get help? The presenters, who combined represent over 60 years of IR/IE experience, offer their ideas and lead discussions on the knowledge, leadership skills, and other considerations necessary for success as an IR leader using a flipped classroom format with resources provided for before and after the Forum. Participants will learn about and share their ideas about the knowledge, leadership skills, and other considerations necessary for success as an IR/IE leader. They will also gain the basis for developing a leadership professional development plan.

Laptops are not required for this session.