2017 Sessions

Speaking with One Voice

Maggie Kost, Missouri Community College Association

There is no doubt that community colleges are stronger when they band together. From advocacy to professional development to cost sharing and savings, this session will look at ways that a state association could benefit your college.

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A Balanced Scorecard Approach to Strategic Planning

Lindsay Swiss and Kristy Bishop, Westmoreland County Community College

This session provides a blueprint on how Westmoreland County Community College used the balanced score approach for its strategic plan. We will discuss how the college developed the general strategic direction by creating four overarching objectives that tie to the mission. There will be directions on how to conduct SWOT sessions and analyze the results to develop objectives and initiatives. We will talk about how to: develop sub-objectives, measures, and targets for each initiative, create a strategic map view to show alignment among the various objectives, align the plan and the new budget, and establish key performance indicators. Finally, information on developing a dashboard and tracking system will be provided.

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Speed Dataing

Moderator: Melissa M.Giese, Metropolitan Community College

A fast-paced exploration of a variety of best practices from several community colleges. Data visualization, dashboards, IR tools, data governance and other IR issues will be shared.

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Implementing Higher Education Decision Cost and Revenue Analytics Best Practices at JCCC

Anthony Pember & Mark Lemon, Grant Thorton and Susan Rider, Johnson County Community College

In this session, we will describe the conceptual framework and process followed to develop a cost management model at JCCC. We will then discuss how the model has been used to support enhanced decision-making at the college, and discuss future ideas to further use the model to support decision making at JCCC (including leveraging Power BI to develop dashboards to support Program and Administrative Reviews).

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Federal Postsecondary Data Policy Implications for Institutions

Amanda Janice Roberson and Jamey Rorison, Institute for Higher Education Policy

From IPEDS changes and proposed college dashboards to executive orders and upcoming Higher Education Act reauthorization, there is no shortage of federal policy activity surrounding postsecondary data. In this session, we will talk about what is – and isn’t – currently happening in Washington, D.C., policies the Postsecondary Data Collaborative (PostsecData) is advocating to advance, and how these policies will have an impact on institutions.


Unlock the Power of Your Data with Campus Labs
Cathy Fowler, Campus Labs

When you make more connections with your data, you can make more informed decisions for your institution. Join us to learn how an enterprise-wide approach to data management can facilitate better results for your entire campus. From accreditation and planning to faculty development and learning outcomes assessment, see how the Campus Labs® platform brings everything together for a holistic solution.


Redesigning Program Review to Align Academic Programs with Workforce Demand

Cory Clasemann-Ryan, Ivy Tech

In 2014 Ivy Tech revamped its program review process in order to review each program (over 600) every year. This made it a much more data-informed process and tied it closely to the college’s annual budgeting process. After the state’s Commission for Higher Education was mandated by the state legislature to conduct its own review of academic programs, additional metrics were added to the process that must be met by all programs – minimum annual enrollment, completion rate, and employment benchmarks. This year we have revised the process further to incorporate job demand projections into the process, which will allow the college to determine which programs require targeted marketing efforts to increased enrollment and meet workforce demand, which ones need to be restructured, and which ones we need to close on certain campuses

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The Future of College Student Surveys

Stephen R. Porter and Paul D. Umbach, North Carolina State University and Percontor

The session reviews recent findings from the survey literature relevant to college student surveys. Do response rates really matter? Are our survey questions measuring what we think they’re measuring? And are we keeping up with changes in how students use technology?

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How to Use Predictive Analytics Ethically

Manuela Ekowo, New America

Predictive analytics can be a powerful tool to help your institutions recruit and retain students. But we should be sure that predictive analytics don’t reinforce pre-existing socioeconomic and racial disparities, and safeguard students’ data privacy. This breakout session will discuss a new ethical framework providing guiding practices you should consider when using predictive analytics on campus.

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Applying Demand Analysis and Benchmarking in Strategically Resourcing Academic Programs

Tony Honeycutt, Somerset Community College and John Barnshaw, Ad Astra

In this panel session our education and industry experts will discuss the importance of taking your academic cost and productivity analysis data beyond your institutional context. Utilizing data from the Cost & Productivity Project and institutional case studies, presenters will demonstrate how institutions can facilitate improvement through descriptive and predictive analytics, as well as offering insights on best practices for data-driven (informed) decision-making regarding academic programs and resourcing.

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Power BI for Canvas and Banner

Charles Perkins, Brenda Moreno, Angie Hicks, Caicey Crutcher, Barton County Community College

Barton County Community College has successful implemented Power BI at their campus for Canvas and Banner. During this session, presenters will share with you their journey of using Power BI at their college.

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Executive Leaders: Using IR Today and Tomorrow

Moderator: Randy Swing, Higher Education Consultant and Former Executive Director of AIR

Cliff Davis, President of Ozark Technical College, Table Rock
Kristy Bishop, VP Academic Affairs, Westmoreland College
Baz Abouelenein, Chief Information Officer, Kansas City Kansas Community College


Graduation with Purpose: Discussion About Workforce Outcomes

Randy L. Swing, Ph.D., Higher Education Consultant

IA few years ago the focus was on retention to the second year. Over time it became obvious that retention was an means and not an end goal and the focus shifted to increasing graduation rates. The sands are shifting again as funders and law-makers are looking for graduations that add value to workforce and life outcomes. This session will explore why measuring workforce outcomes, salary, time to employment, career advancement is not enough to actually change the outcomes students experience. What would a curriculum and pathway look like if the end goal was better workforce and life outcomes?


Academic Program Selection and Assessment

Bob Atkins, Gray Associates, Inc.

Learn how to analyze markets for current and potential programs using data on Student Demand, Employment Opportunities, Competition, and Degree Fit. We will share our insights on how to run an effective program portfolio evaluation process, inlcuding:

* An overall approach and methodology to stack ranking all academic programs
* Interpretation and weighting of specific metrics (e.g. BLS forecasts versus job posting)
* An efficient, facilitated process to secure buy-in from key stakeholders
* Real-time examples of analysis for specific programs by location

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Initiating and Assessing New Dual-Enrollment Programs

Thomas A. Wheeler, Metropolitan Community College

Dual credit, dual enrollment, and early college are all popular buzzwords, but what are these programs all about, who can they serve, and most importantly, how does assessment fit into the picture? This will be an open discussion about best practices within these programs from academic, institutional compliance, and accreditation standpoints.


Integrating Student Tracking and Feedback to Guide Student Success

Edward Hummingbird, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Improving student success rates involves detailed student tracking of students throughout their institution’s student life cycle. Unfortunately, tracking data only tells when and how many students drop out of college. By augmenting this data with feedback on attrition and factors that force students out, institutions can develop more complete solutions.

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