2015 SACCR Annual Conference

SACCR 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS


Southeastern Association for Community College Research

45th Annual Conference

Sandcastles and Sea, Keeping Your Research Afloat

September 13 – 15, 2015
Embassy Suites,

Miramar Beach, Destin, Florida

CONFERENCE AGENDA……………………………………. 1

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13………………………………….. 1

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14…………………………………. 1

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15………………………………… 3

PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS……………………………. 4

HOTEL INFORMATION……………………………………. 11

SPONSORS……………………………………………………….. 12

 

SACCR 2015 AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Southeastern Association for Community College Research

September 13 – 15, 2015

Embassy Suites, Miramar Beach, Destin, Florida

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM              Executive Board Meeting                                         Miramar Boardroom

12:30 PM – 4:00 PM               Registration                                                                                Atrium

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM                 Pre-Conference Session (separate fee)                                         Coast E

Data VisualizationHands-on Workshop
Randy Krum, Author & Instructor

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM                 Opening Session and Keynote Address                                        Coast D

Design Secrets for Infographics and Data VisualizationRandy Krum, Author & Instructor

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM                 Opening Reception                                                                      Atrium

(Casual attire –bar service and hors d’oeuvres)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM              Registration                                                                                Atrium

8:00 AM – 9:50 AM                General Session 1                                                                      Coast A

Using Accreditation to Enhance Institutional ImprovementDr. Michael S. Johnson, V.P./Chief of Staff, SACSCOC

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM            Concurrent Session 1                                              Coast A and Coast B

  • Understanding and Using Student Learning Assessment Results

Dr. Stephanie B. King, Assistant Professor,

Mississippi State University

  • A New Chapter for Core Requirement 2.9 – Learning Resources and Services

Dr. Annette Cederholm, Assoc. Dean for Academic Planning & Research,

John Miller, Head Librarian

Snead State Community College

SACCR 2015 AGENDA AT A GLANCE

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM                   Concurrent Session 2                                       Coast A and Coast B

  • An E[CC&C] IE Plan: An Example Implementation (with CampusLabs Planning)

David Case, Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, East Central Community College

  • Data Dashboards: A Life Raft or Writing in the Sand?Carley Dear, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Hinds Community College

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM               Luncheon and Luncheon Address                                                Coast C

“Creating Student Success

Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Interim Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM                 Concurrent Session 3                                              Coast A and Coast B

  • A Decade of Data: A Look Back at the Last 11 Years of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

Dr. E. Michael Bohlig, Senior Research Associate,

Center for Community College Student Engagement, UT Austin

  • The Chairman of the Board’s SACSCOC Accreditation Challenge for the Technical College System of Georgia, How We Did It!

Dr. Marjorie Kuezi-Nke, Executive Director, Accountability and

Institutional Effectiveness Division,

Norman R. Cherry, Accreditation Director, Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness Division,

Technical College System of Georgia

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM                 Concurrent Session 4                                              Coast A and Coast B

  • The Student Achievement Measure (SAM): More Outcomes for More Students

Teri Lyn Hinds, Director, Research & Data Policy, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

  • Making a Difference with Data

Dr. Joree Jones, Dean of Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness, Mary Johnson, Chair of the Math Department and QEP,

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

 

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM                   Concurrent Session 5                                             Coast A and Coast B

  • How Community Colleges Can Leverage the VFA and its DataKent A. Phillippe, Associate VP, Research & Student Success,

American Association of Community Colleges

  • Student Engagement Factors that Predict the Persistence of

Latino Males in America’s Community Colleges

Dr. Rosemary C. Lamb, Associate Vice President for Institutional

Effectiveness,

Mississippi Delta Community College

SPONSORS WILL HAVE DISPLAYS IN THE ATRIUM FROM 8:00 – 5:00 ON MONDAY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM                 Breakfast Buffet/Networking                                                       Atrium

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM               Concurrent Session 6                                             Coast A and Coast B

  • Data Governance: How solid is your data ‘sand castle’?Carley Dear, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Hinds Community College
  • Essential Excel by Example

Kevin Peoples, Institutional Research & Assessment Specialist,

Columbus Technical College

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM             SACCR Business Meeting, Raffle, & Wrap-up                             Coast A

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                Executive Board Meeting                                        Miramar Boardroom

 

SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

Sunday, September 13

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.                                         Coast E

Data VisualizationHands-on Workshop
Randy Krum, Author & Instructor

Data visualization is a skill that everyone should develop, and can be used to create visuals for presentations, infographics, handouts, posters, and much more. It’s the data visualization designer’s job to communicate data to someone else by making the information meaningful and easy to understand. Randy will host a hands-on workshop where participants will go beyond the chart templates and learn best practices for designing common charts in PowerPoint/Excel, how to choose the right chart type, and learn to use online data visualization sites that create different types of visualizations. Using provided sample data sets, participants will create and customize their own charts and data visualizations.

*Each participant in the workshop will also receive a copy of Randy’s book ”Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design”

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.                                         Coast D

Design Secrets for Infographics and Data VisualizationRandy Krum, Author & Instructor

Infographics and data visualizations are powerful communication tools to make information easier to understand and more memorable to an audience. Designing to communicate with data can be applied to PowerPoint presentations, reports, blog posts and infographics. Randy will share the science behind why infographics work, great examples of how companies are leveraging infographics to communicate information, and design secrets anyone can use to overcome the most common pitfalls and mistakes designers make. Top software and websites used by designers will also be shared, including many free tools that anyone can use. You will get many actionable tips and links you can use right away in your own communication.

Monday, September 14

8:00 AM – 9:50 AM.                                         Coast A

Using Accreditation to Enhance Institutional ImprovementDr. Michael S. Johnson, V.P./Chief of Staff, SACSCOC

You need to build in accreditation practices into your ongoing institutional processes to save time and money. Examples will be given for aligning local processes with SACSCOC requirements and standards.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM                                     Coast A                                             Coast B

Understanding and Using Student Learning Assessment Results

Dr. Stephanie B. King Assistant Professor Mississippi State University

Student learning assessment results should be used to improve teaching and learning and are often

compared against some benchmark, which must be set after specific desirable goals and traits are identified. Assessment results must be summarized and compared to the established benchmarks so that colleges may evaluate the quality of the assessments and the performance of the students. Assessment results are best used when shared with various audiences in an appropriate and ethical manner, with the recognition that different audiences will require different levels of specificity. As colleges strive to balance a number of demands, keeping the momentum going for assessment efforts may be improved using a number of activities.

A New Chapter for Core Requirement 2.9 – Learning Resources and Services

Dr. Annette Cederholm

Assoc. Dean for Academic Planning & Research

John Miller

Head Librarian

Sneed State Community College

In October 2014, a SACSCOC on-site committee found Snead State Community College non-compliant on Core Standard 2.9 and Comprehensive standards 3.8.1, 3.8.2, and 3.8.3. This presentation will outline how the College created a “new chapter” and addressed the concerns of the committee to become compliant in all standards in less than 6 months!

 

Monday, September 14

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM                                     Coast A                                             Coast B

 

An E[CC&C] IE Plan: An Example Implementation (with CampusLabs Planning)

David Case

Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness

East Central Community College

The presentation will demonstrate an implementation of the “Comprehensive, Clear, and Convincing” planning methodology developed by Mary Harrington, Director Emerita of Institutional Research and Assessment, University of Mississippi. The implementation uses strategic codes and relational setup within a 3rd party planning portal to allow for convenient but robust summary reporting.

“Data Dashboards: A Life Raft or Writing in the Sand?”

Carley Dear

Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Hinds Community College

Data dashboarding is getting a lot of attention… but is it worth it? Examine the information are you presenting and how it can possibly be more effective.

 

Monday, September 14

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM                                           Coast A                                             Coast B

“A Decade of Data: A Look Back at the Last 11 Years of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)”

Dr. E. Michael Bohlig
Senior Research Associate

Center for Community College Student Engagement, UT Austin

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) has remained unchanged since 2004. In the intervening years, colleges have made great efforts to improve student engagement. This leads to the question: Do student responses to the items on CCSSE reflect these efforts? If college efforts have been successful, one would expect to see positive trends in student experiences as reflected by an increased endorsement of response options on items that are indicative of higher levels of engagement. Using data from over 1.8 million CCSSE surveys, the Center for Community College Student Engagement research staff conducted detailed analyses of the trends in response patterns to all survey items from 2004 through 2014. Results of these analyses will be shared, including changes in the demographic distribution of students.

“The Chairman of the Board’s SACSCOC Accreditation Challenge for the Technical College System of Georgia, How We Did It!”

Dr. Marjorie Kuezi-Nke

Executive Director, Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness Division

Norman R. Cherry

Accreditation Director,

Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness Division

Technical College System of Georgia

By the end of 2007 the then Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), now the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), consisted of 34 colleges, 13 of which were solely accredited by the SACS Commission on Colleges, 11 that were solely accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and 5 of which were dually accredited by both. That year the then Chairman of the State governing Board, Carl E. Swearingen, challenged the System Commissioner, Ron Jackson, and the presidents of the colleges to achieve regional accreditation by the SACS Commission on Colleges by all colleges by 2015. In spite of numerous delays due to consolidations/ mergers of SACSCOC and non-SACSCOC colleges, of the present 22 colleges only one is not a present SACSCOC member and that college is in candidacy awaiting an October 2015 initial Accreditation Visit.

Monday, September 14

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM                                           Coast A                                             Coast B

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM): More Outcomes for More Students

Teri Lyn Hinds

Director, Research & Data Policy

Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, in the 2013-14 academic year, 46% of students who completed a degree at a four-year institution were enrolled at a two-year institution at some point in the previous 10 years. The federal graduation rate, the most common measure of student attainment, does not count students who transfer often leading to the mistaken portrayal of those students as failures; only students who start and finish at the same institution are considered successful. The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) project believes that outcomes for students who transfer should be counted and provides an innovative, common measure of student attainment for all types of institutions to do so. SAM reports more outcomes for more students by tracking student movement within and across postsecondary institutions to provide a more complete picture of undergraduate student progress and completion within higher education.

Making a Difference with DataDr. Joree Jones

Dean of Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness

Mary Johnson

Chair of the Math Department and QEP

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

In 2014, CVCC began

implementation of its QEP. The QEP is focused on developmental math due to the high number of students placing into developmental math courses and the low success rates of those students. Math is required of all degrees and certificates and entry into some programs. As a result, the low success rate of developmental math students leads to low retention rates and ultimately low graduation rates. CVCC’s QEP put into place four strategies in an effort to make improvements. The strategies are: Course Redesign, Tutoring Center, Placement, Faculty development. The strategies were based on assessment results in the following areas: •Retention in courses; Pass rates in course; Student Learning Outcome (SLO) attainment; & Pass rate in next level course. With the completion of the first year, CVCC has compiled data and can now see where and how the strategies are impacting the success of developmental students.

Monday, September 14

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM                                           Coast A                                             Coast B

“How Community Colleges Can Leverage the VFA and its Data”

Kent A. Phillippe

Associate VP, Research & Student Success

American Association of Community Colleges

AACC will give a demonstration of the VFA system and data tool. The will show how colleges and state systems are using and leveraging the VFA both for institutional improvement and to drive state and sector-wide goals for student success and accountability. Case studies explore the benefits of having sector-appropriate measures to establish on-campus performance indicators that can be used for benchmarking; over time using the VFA to replace other reporting metrics; and exploring avenues to reduce the burden on our colleges’ IR offices by possibly enabling data collection and reporting at the state level.

“Student Engagement Factors that Predict the Persistence of Latino Males in America’s Community Colleges”

Dr. Rosemary C. Lamb

Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Mississippi Delta Community College

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the extent to which student engagement factors predicted the persistence of Latino males in America’s community colleges. The conceptual framework was developed from Chickering and Gamson’s (1987) Seven Principles for Good Practice and Kuh’s (2001, 2003, 2009) Student Engagement Theory. Student engagement factors were measured using 20 survey items from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Persistence was measured with students’ cumulative grade point averages. The sample of 3,783 full-time community college students included Latino males, aged 18-24, from 48 states. Three standard multiple regressions were run to measure the extent active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and college support for learners predicted cumulative grade point averages. Results revealed that active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and college support for learners significantly impacted Latino males’ cumulative grade point averages.

Tuesday, September 15

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM                                        Coast A                                             Coast B

“Data Governance: How solid is your data ‘sand castle’?”

Carley Dear

Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Hinds Community College

Stewarding our data well is very important for quality research departments. This presentation will look at a way to examine business processes and practices surrounding data collection, storage, reporting, and dissemination.

“Essential Excel by Example” Kevin Peoples

Institutional Research & Assessment Specialist

Columbus Technical College

As Institutional Researchers, we are presented with an ever widening array of data processing tools, however, I often find that Microsoft Excel can not only complete the task, but often do it more quickly and efficiently than using more sophisticated and powerful data processing software. This presentation is intended to be a hands-on demonstration of some of the tools in Excel that I have found to be the most essential for carrying out the Institutional Research function. Some of the tools/methods covered include: 3rd Party Software, Logic Formulas, Other Processing Tools (lookups, tables, data validation, formula auditing), Data Display, and included Add-Ins. I will also introduce some advanced ways to make Excel even more powerful including: Visual Basic and Excel BI.

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  • over 1,000 holes of world class golf
  • deep sea fishing and beach waves
  • shopping
  • dining
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SACCR 2015 TABLE OF CONTENTS

Southeastern Association for Community College Research

45th Annual Conference

Sandcastles and Sea, Keeping Your Research Afloat

September 13 – 15, 2015
Embassy Suites,

Miramar Beach, Destin, Florida

CONFERENCE AGENDA…………………………………………………………….. 1

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13………………………………….. 1

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14…………………………………. 1

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15………………………………… 3

PRESENTATION ABSTRACTS…………………………………………………….. 4

HOTEL INFORMATION…………………………………………………………….. 11

SPONSORS………………………………………………………………………………….. 12

CONFERENCE NOTES……………………………………………………………….. 15

 

SACCR 2015 AGENDA AT A GLANCE

Southeastern Association for Community College Research

September 13 – 15, 2015

Embassy Suites, Miramar Beach, Destin, Florida

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

8:00 AM – 11:00 AM              Executive Board Meeting                                         Miramar Boardroom

12:30 PM – 4:00 PM               Registration                                                                                Atrium

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM                 Pre-Conference Session (separate fee)                                         Coast E

Data VisualizationHands-on Workshop
Randy Krum, Author & Instructor

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM                 Opening Session and Keynote Address                                        Coast D

Design Secrets for Infographics and Data VisualizationRandy Krum, Author & Instructor

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM                 Opening Reception                                                                      Atrium

(Casual attire –bar service and hors d’oeuvres)

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

7:30 AM – 11:30 AM              Registration                                                                                Atrium

8:00 AM – 9:50 AM                General Session 1                                                                      Coast A

Using Accreditation to Enhance Institutional ImprovementDr. Michael S. Johnson, V.P./Chief of Staff, SACSCOC

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM            Concurrent Session 1                                              Coast A and Coast B

  • Understanding and Using Student Learning Assessment Results

Dr. Stephanie B. King, Assistant Professor,

Mississippi State University

  • A New Chapter for Core Requirement 2.9 – Learning Resources and Services

Dr. Annette Cederholm, Assoc. Dean for Academic Planning & Research,

John Miller, Head Librarian

Snead State Community College

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SACCR 2015 AGENDA AT A GLANCE

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM                   Concurrent Session 2                                       Coast A and Coast B

  • An E[CC&C] IE Plan: An Example Implementation (with CampusLabs Planning)

David Case, Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness, East Central Community College

  • Data Dashboards: A Life Raft or Writing in the Sand?Carley Dear, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Hinds Community College

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM               Luncheon and Luncheon Address                                                Coast C

“Creating Student Success

Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, Interim Executive Director, Phi Theta Kappa

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM                 Concurrent Session 3                                              Coast A and Coast B

  • A Decade of Data: A Look Back at the Last 11 Years of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)

Dr. E. Michael Bohlig, Senior Research Associate,

Center for Community College Student Engagement, UT Austin

  • The Chairman of the Board’s SACSCOC Accreditation Challenge for the Technical College System of Georgia, How We Did It!

Dr. Marjorie Kuezi-Nke, Executive Director, Accountability and

Institutional Effectiveness Division,

Norman R. Cherry, Accreditation Director, Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness Division,

Technical College System of Georgia

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM                 Concurrent Session 4                                              Coast A and Coast B

  • The Student Achievement Measure (SAM): More Outcomes for More Students

Teri Lyn Hinds, Director, Research & Data Policy, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

  • Making a Difference with Data

Dr. Joree Jones, Dean of Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness, Mary Johnson, Chair of the Math Department and QEP,

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

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SACCR 2015 AGENDA AT A GLANCE

 

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM                   Concurrent Session 5                                             Coast A and Coast B

  • How Community Colleges Can Leverage the VFA and its DataKent A. Phillippe, Associate VP, Research & Student Success,

American Association of Community Colleges

  • Student Engagement Factors that Predict the Persistence of

Latino Males in America’s Community Colleges

Dr. Rosemary C. Lamb, Associate Vice President for Institutional

Effectiveness,

Mississippi Delta Community College

SPONSORS WILL HAVE DISPLAYS IN THE ATRIUM FROM 8:00 – 5:00 ON MONDAY

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM                 Breakfast Buffet/Networking                                                       Atrium

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM               Concurrent Session 6                                             Coast A and Coast B

  • Data Governance: How solid is your data ‘sand castle’?Carley Dear, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, Hinds Community College
  • Essential Excel by Example

Kevin Peoples, Institutional Research & Assessment Specialist,

Columbus Technical College

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM             SACCR Business Meeting, Raffle, & Wrap-up                             Coast A

11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                Executive Board Meeting                                        Miramar Boardroom

 

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SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

 

Sunday, September 13

1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.                                         Coast E

Data VisualizationHands-on Workshop
Randy Krum, Author & Instructor

Data visualization is a skill that everyone should develop, and can be used to create visuals for presentations, infographics, handouts, posters, and much more. It’s the data visualization designer’s job to communicate data to someone else by making the information meaningful and easy to understand. Randy will host a hands-on workshop where participants will go beyond the chart templates and learn best practices for designing common charts in PowerPoint/Excel, how to choose the right chart type, and learn to use online data visualization sites that create different types of visualizations. Using provided sample data sets, participants will create and customize their own charts and data visualizations.

*Each participant in the workshop will also receive a copy of Randy’s book ”Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design”

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.                                         Coast D

Design Secrets for Infographics and Data VisualizationRandy Krum, Author & Instructor

Infographics and data visualizations are powerful communication tools to make information easier to understand and more memorable to an audience. Designing to communicate with data can be applied to PowerPoint presentations, reports, blog posts and infographics. Randy will share the science behind why infographics work, great examples of how companies are leveraging infographics to communicate information, and design secrets anyone can use to overcome the most common pitfalls and mistakes designers make. Top software and websites used by designers will also be shared, including many free tools that anyone can use. You will get many actionable tips and links you can use right away in your own communication.

 

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SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

 

Monday, September 14

8:00 AM – 9:50 AM.                                         Coast A

Using Accreditation to Enhance Institutional ImprovementDr. Michael S. Johnson, V.P./Chief of Staff, SACSCOC

You need to build in accreditation practices into your ongoing institutional processes to save time and money. Examples will be given for aligning local processes with SACSCOC requirements and standards.

10:00 AM – 10:50 AM                                     Coast A                                             Coast B

 

Understanding and Using Student Learning Assessment Results

Dr. Stephanie B. King Assistant Professor Mississippi State University

Student learning assessment results should be used to improve teaching and learning and are often

compared against some benchmark, which must be set after specific desirable goals and traits are identified. Assessment results must be summarized and compared to the established benchmarks so that colleges may evaluate the quality of the assessments and the performance of the students. Assessment results are best used when shared with various audiences in an appropriate and ethical manner, with the recognition that different audiences will require different levels of specificity. As colleges strive to balance a number of demands, keeping the momentum going for assessment efforts may be improved using a number of activities.

A New Chapter for Core Requirement 2.9 – Learning Resources and Services

Dr. Annette Cederholm

Assoc. Dean for Academic Planning & Research

John Miller

Head Librarian

Sneed State Community College

In October 2014, a SACSCOC on-site committee found Snead State Community College non-compliant on Core Standard 2.9 and Comprehensive standards 3.8.1, 3.8.2, and 3.8.3. This presentation will outline how the College created a “new chapter” and addressed the concerns of the committee to become compliant in all standards in less than 6 months!

 

5

 

SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

Monday, September 14

11:00 AM – 11:50 AM                                     Coast A                                             Coast B

 

An E[CC&C] IE Plan: An Example Implementation

(with CampusLabs Planning)

David Case

Vice President for Institutional Research and Effectiveness

East Central Community College

The presentation will demonstrate an implementation of the “Comprehensive, Clear, and Convincing” planning methodology developed by Mary Harrington, Director Emerita of Institutional Research and Assessment, University of Mississippi. The implementation uses strategic codes and relational setup within a 3rd party planning portal to allow for convenient but robust summary reporting.

“Data Dashboards: A Life Raft or Writing in the Sand?”

Carley Dear

Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Hinds Community College

Data dashboarding is getting a lot of attention… but is it worth it? Examine the information are you presenting and how it can possibly be more effective.

 

6

 

SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

Monday, September 14

2:00 PM – 2:50 PM                                           Coast A                                             Coast B

 

“A Decade of Data: A Look Back at the Last 11 Years of the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE)”

Dr. E. Michael Bohlig
Senior Research Associate

Center for Community College Student Engagement, UT Austin

The Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) has remained unchanged since 2004. In the intervening years, colleges have made great efforts to improve student engagement. This leads to the question: Do student responses to the items on CCSSE reflect these efforts? If college efforts have been successful, one would expect to see positive trends in student experiences as reflected by an increased endorsement of response options on items that are indicative of higher levels of engagement. Using data from over 1.8 million CCSSE surveys, the Center for Community College Student Engagement research staff conducted detailed analyses of the trends in response patterns to all survey items from 2004 through 2014. Results of these analyses will be shared, including changes in the demographic distribution of students.

“The Chairman of the Board’s SACSCOC Accreditation Challenge for the Technical College System of Georgia, How We Did It!”

Dr. Marjorie Kuezi-Nke

Executive Director, Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness Division

Norman R. Cherry

Accreditation Director,

Accountability and Institutional Effectiveness Division

Technical College System of Georgia

By the end of 2007 the then Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE), now the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), consisted of 34 colleges, 13 of which were solely accredited by the SACS Commission on Colleges, 11 that were solely accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE) and 5 of which were dually accredited by both. That year the then Chairman of the State governing Board, Carl E. Swearingen, challenged the System Commissioner, Ron Jackson, and the presidents of the colleges to achieve regional accreditation by the SACS Commission on Colleges by all colleges by 2015. In spite of numerous delays due to consolidations/ mergers of SACSCOC and non-SACSCOC colleges, of the present 22 colleges only one is not a present SACSCOC member and that college is in candidacy awaiting an October 2015 initial Accreditation Visit.

 

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SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

 

Monday, September 14

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM                                           Coast A                                             Coast B

 

The Student Achievement Measure (SAM): More Outcomes for More Students

Teri Lyn Hinds

Director, Research & Data Policy

Association of Public & Land-grant Universities

According to the National Student Clearinghouse, in the 2013-14 academic year, 46% of students who completed a degree at a four-year institution were enrolled at a two-year institution at some point in the previous 10 years. The federal graduation rate, the most common measure of student attainment, does not count students who transfer often leading to the mistaken portrayal of those students as failures; only students who start and finish at the same institution are considered successful. The Student Achievement Measure (SAM) project believes that outcomes for students who transfer should be counted and provides an innovative, common measure of student attainment for all types of institutions to do so. SAM reports more outcomes for more students by tracking student movement within and across postsecondary institutions to provide a more complete picture of undergraduate student progress and completion within higher education.

Making a Difference with DataDr. Joree Jones

Dean of Institutional Advancement and Effectiveness

Mary Johnson

Chair of the Math Department and QEP

Chattahoochee Valley Community College

In 2014, CVCC began

implementation of its QEP. The QEP is focused on developmental math due to the high number of students placing into developmental math courses and the low success rates of those students. Math is required of all degrees and certificates and entry into some programs. As a result, the low success rate of developmental math students leads to low retention rates and ultimately low graduation rates. CVCC’s QEP put into place four strategies in an effort to make improvements. The strategies are: Course Redesign, Tutoring Center, Placement, Faculty development. The strategies were based on assessment results in the following areas: •Retention in courses; Pass rates in course; Student Learning Outcome (SLO) attainment; & Pass rate in next level course. With the completion of the first year, CVCC has compiled data and can now see where and how the strategies are impacting the success of developmental students.

 

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SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

 

Monday, September 14

4:00 PM – 4:50 PM                                           Coast A                                             Coast B

 

“How Community Colleges Can Leverage the VFA and its Data”

Kent A. Phillippe

Associate VP, Research & Student Success

American Association of Community Colleges

AACC will give a demonstration of the VFA system and data tool. The will show how colleges and state systems are using and leveraging the VFA both for institutional improvement and to drive state and sector-wide goals for student success and accountability. Case studies explore the benefits of having sector-appropriate measures to establish on-campus performance indicators that can be used for benchmarking; over time using the VFA to replace other reporting metrics; and exploring avenues to reduce the burden on our colleges’ IR offices by possibly enabling data collection and reporting at the state level.

“Student Engagement Factors that Predict the Persistence of Latino Males in America’s Community Colleges”

Dr. Rosemary C. Lamb

Associate Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness

Mississippi Delta Community College

The purpose of this quantitative study was to determine the extent to which student engagement factors predicted the persistence of Latino males in America’s community colleges. The conceptual framework was developed from Chickering and Gamson’s (1987) Seven Principles for Good Practice and Kuh’s (2001, 2003, 2009) Student Engagement Theory. Student engagement factors were measured using 20 survey items from the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE). Persistence was measured with students’ cumulative grade point averages. The sample of 3,783 full-time community college students included Latino males, aged 18-24, from 48 states. Three standard multiple regressions were run to measure the extent active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and college support for learners predicted cumulative grade point averages. Results revealed that active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and college support for learners significantly impacted Latino males’ cumulative grade point averages.

 

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SACCR 2015 SESSION ABSTRACTS

Tuesday, September 15

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM                                        Coast A                                             Coast B

 

“Data Governance: How solid is your data ‘sand castle’?”

Carley Dear

Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Hinds Community College

Stewarding our data well is very important for quality research departments. This presentation will look at a way to examine business processes and practices surrounding data collection, storage, reporting, and dissemination.

“Essential Excel by Example” Kevin Peoples

Institutional Research & Assessment Specialist

Columbus Technical College

As Institutional Researchers, we are presented with an ever widening array of data processing tools, however, I often find that Microsoft Excel can not only complete the task, but often do it more quickly and efficiently than using more sophisticated and powerful data processing software. This presentation is intended to be a hands-on demonstration of some of the tools in Excel that I have found to be the most essential for carrying out the Institutional Research function. Some of the tools/methods covered include: 3rd Party Software, Logic Formulas, Other Processing Tools (lookups, tables, data validation, formula auditing), Data Display, and included Add-Ins. I will also introduce some advanced ways to make Excel even more powerful including: Visual Basic and Excel BI.

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  • over 1,000 holes of world class golf
  • deep sea fishing and beach waves
  • shopping
  • dining
  • movies

 

SACCR 2015 SPONSORS

The SACCR Executive Board thanks the following sponsors for contributing to the 45th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Association for Community College Research:

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