Using Data to Respond to COVID-19

“Disruption” and “disruptive innovation” are common themes among higher education watchers and analysts.  The current pandemic was not the type of disruption that was predicted but certainly is causing more disruption than could have been imagined in such a short period of time. 

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Moving from Data to Action at INAIR 2020

With public gatherings across the country being cancelled or postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we were extremely fortunate to be able to attend the Indiana Association for Institutional Research (INAIR) annual conference on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana. It was a great chance to connect with IR professionals in the Hoosier state and discuss the many ways their institutions are using data to improve the student experience.

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Effective Data Management in Higher Ed: Obstacles and Solutions

As colleges and universities increasingly turn to data to make key decisions around retention, recruitment, and spending, greater awareness is being paid to data management and governance. In the industry, “there is a real struggle to connect data sets—across institutions—in meaningful ways,” says Pennie Turgeon, VP for IT and CIO at the New York Institute of Technology and former VP of IT and CIO for Clark University. Turgeon champions a more comprehensive approach to data management. We sat down with her to learn more about institutional challenges to data management, and best practices for making it all work.

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Presidential Priorities: 5 Areas of Concern for College and University Presidents

From 1987 to 2017, tuition at public universities in the U.S. increased by a staggering 213 percent – and that’s after adjusting for inflation.1 At a time when higher education costs are rising exponentially and people are debating the ROI from a degree, there is increased pressure for college and university presidents to be multi-dimensional leaders who can lead institutions safely into the future. Today, presidents are expected to have expertise in multiple areas, including academic affairs, faculty discussions, financial management, technology, public relations, and more.

How are college and university presidents juggling these responsibilities? What are they worried about, and which areas are they prioritizing? Read on to learn what presidents are focused on — and how some forward-thinking leaders are getting ahead of the curve by leveraging the power of data analytics to ensure success for their institutions, down the road.

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Kicking Off 2020 at SACRAO: Analytics in Enrollment Management

SACRAO 2020 was a wonderful opportunity to discuss enrollment topics with colleagues from across the southern region of the country.

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Reflections from MidAIR 2019: (Institutional Research in Action) and AIRUM 2019 (IR/IE’s Role in Postsecondary Equity & Opportunity)

The Mid-America Association for Institutional Research (MidAIR) annual conference took place earlier this month in Columbia, one of Missouri’s fastest growing cities.  The theme of the conference was IR in Action. A week prior to this, the Association for Institutional Research Upper Midwest (AIRUM) conference took place in Minneapolis, MN. Institutional Research professionals from across the Midwest region were afforded many engaging conversations surrounding the state of IR in the current higher educational environment, strategies in assessment, efficiency, policy, and equity.

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A Review of the 2019 APLU Annual Meeting

The 2019 APLU Annual Meeting officially kicked off on Sunday, November 10th in sunny San Diego, CA.  Almost 1,600 attendees from public and land grant Universities across the country came together, making the 132nd APLU Annual Meeting the largest on record.  The theme of the meeting was, “In Service”, and attendees were able to take advantage of a number of learning tracks focused on serving students, communities, the country and the world. 

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The Value of Student Segmentation

Rising competition for college and university students will only continue to grow as the number of high school graduates shrink over the next decade, student demographics shift and other financial pressures persist. For many higher education institutions, understanding that each student has unique needs, attitudes, behaviors and motivations may be critical to recruitment and retention.

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NEAIR 2019: Riding the Wave of Change

Newport, Rhode Island.  Home of mansions, sailboats, and for three crisp days in November, the Northeast Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR).  The HelioCampus booth outside the Grand Ballroom buzzed with energy as friends greeted each other, exchanged news, and compared notes on changes in their offices.  For me, NEAIR is home.

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Highlights from the ACCT 2019 Community College Leadership Congress

The ACCT 2019 Community College Leadership Congress was held from October 16-19 in San Francisco, marking the event’s 50th anniversary.  The organization supports Trustees, Leadership Boards and Presidents of Community Colleges across the country, and aims “to foster the principles and practices of exemplary governance while promoting high quality and affordable higher education, cutting-edge workforce and development training, student success and the opportunity for all individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency and security.” The event’s theme was “Past is Prologue;” the focus heavily on preparing for the future and the evolving roles of community college leadership in the quickly changing landscape of higher education.

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