2013 SACCR Annual Conference


Southeastern Association for Community College Research

September 8 — 11, 2013

Destin. Florida

Sunday September 8, 2013

11:00 AM — 1:00 PM        Registration

1:00 PM — 5:00 PM          Strategic Planning Academy (Separate fee)

This workshop is designed for both beginners and experienced strategic planners. Planning models, creation strategy, timelines and options to fit various types of strategic planning budgets will be explored. Both tangible and intangible ties to accreditation standards will be examined. Numerous activities to collect planning data from important stakeholders will be reviewed with techniques for quantifying and integrating strategic input highlighted. The source and function of changing demographics, national trending, community college research, and use of best practices as must-needed drivers of a college’s strategic planning initiatives will be examined. Attendees will actively participate in this workshop and will receive a certificate of completion at the conclusion of this four hour training.

5:00 PM — 6:00 PM               Registration

6:00 PM — 8:00 PM               Opening Reception

Monday September 9, 2013

7:30 AM — 12:00 PM             Registration

8:00 AM — 9:50 AM              Opening Session

Introduction and Welcome

Dr. Gwen Aldridge, SACCR President

“To Effectiveness and Research – I Now Pronounce You Forever Joined”
Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Chief Research Officer

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

The session describes how to transform institutional research into direct evidence for compliance of accreditation standards. The session’s information and examples will demonstrate ways to eliminate the silos of “effectiveness” and “research” into a single succinct effort useful in demonstrating an institution’s compliance with regional accreditation standards. Areas of emphasis will include: adequacy of full-time faculty, effectiveness of distance education, and financial indicators.

10:00 AM — 10:50 AM          Concurrent Sessions I

“Are They Ready to Leave the Nest? An Analysis of Transfer Student Success”
Carolyn Warren, Northwest Mississippi Community College

This presentation looks at how to use correlational statistics of transfer students’ CPAs at their native community college and their transfer institution to determine if community colleges are preparing their students for transfer success. This is an introductory, yet in-depth, look at the transfer success of one community college’s transfer students to their main feeder -1.-year institution. Data is disaggregated based on additional variables such as Pell-eligibility and course of study.

“State Agreements for Online Learners”
Dr. Joan Haynes, Mississippi Community College Board

This session will include a discussion of the current status of the state licensure requirement within the Higher Education Opportunity Act. If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in any other State in which it is not physically located, the institution must meet the State’s requirements and obtain state approval. This presentation will update SACCR members on the current status of state agreements throughout the region including pitfalls to avoid in moving forward with obtaining the various state licensures.

11:00 AM — 11:50 AM            Concurrent Session II

“College Completion Chance Ratio: An Initial Specification of a Formula to Determine a Student’s Chances of Completing an Award
“Terry McCamish, Technical College System of Georgia

There are a myriad of factors that determine whether a student will ultimately complete a credential. Many of these factors are available to the Institutional Research Department as soon as the student applies to the college. College administrators have long sought a way to ascertain a student’s chance of success. This session will present a framework for determining a student’s success based on initial knowledge. This framework will eventually give the college another tool in its completion arsenal. This valuable tool is dubbed the Completion Chance Ratio.

“A Beginners Guide to Accreditation”
Dr. Gwen Aldridge, SACCR President

Did you attend the SACSCOC Annual meeting and now have information overload? This session clears away some of the fluff to explore the basics of accreditation. Important essentials such as program definition, setting faculty credential standards, steps in making formal “policy” at an institution, the need for information based decisions and documentation of “closing the loop” will be covered. The value of some of the Commission’s resources in identifying the underlying intent of some of the accreditation standards will be covered. This session is for anyone new to the field of’ regional accreditation and will provide WHAT IS IT, WHY DO WE NEED IT, and most importantly HOW DO WE KEEP IT answers to any administrator having responsibility in the area of accreditation.

12:00 PM — 1:30 PM               Special Guest Luncheon Speaker

“A Learning Community Where Black Men Excel Academically”
Duane O. Reid Jr., Baltimore City Community College

Baltimore City Community College (BCCC) is implementing a student success model entitled Academic Acceleration for African American males (421) program. The presentation will highlight the national, regional, and BCCC data trends regarding Black Male retention and completion rates. A discussion on the source of funding for this program and the main components of the model will show the direct impact on the men and the subsequent impact on the campus and surrounding community.

2:00 PM — 2:50 PM               Concurrent Session III

“An Overview qf SREB Data Resources”
Dr. Joseph L. Marks, SREB

The SREB-State Data Exchange is a cooperative effort of SREB and the statewide higher education governing and coordinating boards in the South. The Data Exchange annually collects, compiles and publishes the most up-to-date statistics on postsecondary education in the 16-state SREB region. including information by institutional category.

“To MOOC or not to MOOC”
Angela Bryan, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

This session explores community college MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) applications and dives into the controversial issues of for-credit MOOCs including corresponding accreditation issues. The session will also explore ways to assess MOOC performance and integrate their use and productivity into the community college mission.

3:00 PM — :3:50 PM               Afternoon Accreditation Spotlight

“How to stop Worrying and Start Writing Your SACS Fifth-Year Interim Report”
Gail Hartzog, Chipola Community College

The Fifth-Year Interim Report has been described as a “mini Compliance Certification Document.” However, it’s more than that because of its focus on Federal Requirements. This session will simplify the process and point out the templates and other resources available to help complete the task.

Tuesday September 10, 2013

8:30 AM — 11:30 AM              Conti:1-c! lee Registration

9:00 AM — 9:50 AM                General Session

“Add On with Add-Ins: Tools for Institutional Researchers”
Barry Nagle, Gates Millennium Scholars Program

There are multiple products that maximize Excel capabilities. These products enable researchers to greatly increase their efficiency and add additional capabilities. This presentation will both demonstrate and compare two of these products including AbleBits, ASAP utilities, and PivotPower. Product capability examples are merging worksheets, combining duplicate rows, worksheet consolidation wizards, number formatting for pivot tables and many other applications. The pros and cons of each product will be discussed. In addition to capabilities, these are lower cost products that may be a better option for researchers that primarily use programs like SPSS for data management puiposes.

10:00 AM — 10:50 AM            Concurrent Session IV

“In-House Output: Analytics for IR”

Parisa Naghshpour, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

This presentation will expand on the ease of data flow between LimeSurvey and MS Excel with focus and demonstrations centering around analytic methods and tips for in-house research and analysis. The session with include specifics on crossing the barrier between MS Excel and more powerful analytic tools such as Stata.

“A Bridge to Success: Evaluating Development Education” John Clayton, Ozarks Technical Community College

This presentation will use Tableau, a dashboard software tool, to examine recent efforts to improve developmental education at Ozarks Technical Community College. Tableau has allowed a more comprehensive approach in examining student success throughout the course sequence from developmental to college level. A comparative analysis with comparable students prior to the implementation of changes has allowed the institution to better evaluate the success of this new program.

11:00 AM — 11:50 AM            Concurrent Session V

“Orientation to IR: Recommendations for Success in Research”

Kristi Barnett, Bevill State Community College

Dr. Teresa C. Rhea, Gadsden, Gadsden State Community College

New to IR and feeling a bit lost? Did you look at your “to-do” list and suddenly realize you need a glossary to translate all those acronyms? Are you having trouble distinguishing between your I PEDS, your VFA, and your Common Data Set? Come to the “Orientation to IR” session for a general introduction to IR, an opportunity to meet with other Researchers, and a time to learn the time-tested value of the Institutional Research Buddy System. This session is intended for those Researchers in their first year in IR but also welcomes seasoned IR professionals.

“Treasure Chest of Tips for Evaluations and Surveys”
Julie Fulgham Implementation Specialist, Scantron

The presenter invites all to join her for an interactive networking session. The session promises to give attendees valuable information on the trends, tools and techniques for accomplishing evaluation and survey goals. Topics include improving the on-line response rates, easily integrating a mixture of paper and web collection, gaining creative funding, and integration of mobile devices to gather feedback. Attendees are encouraged to both share and gain insight and be a part of a best practices team.

12:00 PM — 12:50 PM          Special Guest Luncheon Session

1:00 PM — 1:50 PM              Concurrent Session VI

“Transform Your Strategy, Plan tug, Assessment, and Accreditation Efforts with Campus Labs”
Andrew B. Lyle, Campus Labs

Campus Labs knows that institutional research and effectiveness play an essential role in the success and growth of a community college. A robust, specialized platform built specifically to suit the unique needs of an individual campus is necessary for documentation purposes. Learn how Campus Labs comprehensive suite of products and services allows an institution to achieve success in mission-critical tasks in the most efficient and resourceful way possible. The presenter will demonstrate features of their web-based tools for planning and assessment, course evaluations, and retention while spotlighting how the program can be used to support accreditation and program review efforts from start to finish.

“Social Media 101”
Ashleigh Simmons, Gulf Coast Community College

Find out what social media is hot — and what’s not. This session explores the demographics and differences between mainstream and up-and-coming social media tools. This session looks at how community college students are using Facebook, twitter, tumbler, Instagram and more!

2:00 PM — 2:50 PM                Accreditation Afternoon Spotlight

“Q/A Panel for. on-site and off-site Reviews”

Join the veteran SACCR accreditation reviewers of both on- and off-site teams for a question and answer session — back by popular demand from last year’s conference.

3:00 PM — 3:50 PM                 State Coordinator’s Meeting

Wednesday September 11, 2013

8:00 AM — 9:30 AM               Breakfast Buffet/Roundtables by State

9:40 AM — 10:50 AM             SACCR Business Meeting, Raffle, & Wrap-up

Dr. Gwen Aldridge, SACCR President

Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner,       President-Elect and Program Chair

11:00 AM — 1:00 PM               Executive Board Meeting