- Abby Miller presented findings from the NCAN FAFSA Completion Challenge evaluation at the College Board annual Forum, along with Tireka Cobb of Louisiana GEAR UP.
- Sue Clery conducted a Strategic Data Use workshop with Andrea Sussman of Next Chapter Communications for a set of the North Carolina Community Colleges. This workshop focused on moving from compliance to using data for improvement, and moving from fear of data to action. We provided tips and tools to help college teams effectively use data as a tool to query and understand their campus’ current state, and effectually present and communicate data to a spectrum of audiences.
- Abby Miller and Sue Clery presented a webinar entitled “Practical Uses of IPEDS Data,” demonstrating their use of IPEDS data for various projects and topics including faculty salaries, peer institution analyses, and transfer students, to the Association for Institutional Researchers (AIR) IPEDS Educators.
- Abby Miller presented findings and recommendations from two National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) commissioned papers, on the Institutional Characteristics (IC) and Admissions survey components, to NPEC at the National Center for Education Statistics.
- Abby Miller and Sara Melnick of NCAN presented findings of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Completion Challenge evaluation, along with recommendations for practitioners, at the annual National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference.
- Abby Miller and Sue Clery presented findings of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Completion Challenge evaluation, along with recommendations for practitioners, at the annual NCAN conference.
- Abby Miller presented preliminary findings of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Completion Challenge evaluation, and findings and recommendations from the NASFAA Consumer Testing Study of the U.S. Department of Education’s College Financing Plan, along with Chandra Scott of the Mobile Area Education Foundation, at the JFF Postsecondary State Network conference.
- Sue Clery presented a session on Building an Effective Data Culture at ASSCU’s Academic Affairs Summer Meeting. During the session, the necessary components for an effective data culture, the benefits of cultivating a strong data culture, and risks of not doing so were discussed. Participants completed a culture of evidence self-assessment for their campus and were provided with ideas and steps to increase the effectiveness of their campus’ data culture.
- Abby Miller presented preliminary findings of the 2018-2019 FAFSA Completion Challenge evaluation at the NCAN Form Your Future FAFSA Completion Institute.
- Sue Clery presented What’s Up…or Down…with Faculty Salaries? at the the NEA Higher Education Conference in Chicago, an update of the status of compensation in academia. The update reviewed historical trends in salaries and how they are related to funding streams, salary differences across types of faculty, where the big “winners” are, and those who may not feel as flush. To make a case for collective bargaining, ASA’s analysis of the salary differential between faculty and institutions with and without collective bargaining agreements was reviewed. Funding and salary differences among land grant institutions—specifically HBCUs and flagship universities—and the representation of and compensation for women compared with men and across racial/ethnic groups, and the status and recent trends surrounding part-time/adjunct faculty, the erosion of tenure, and which states are experiencing large funding declines and how it relates to faculty salaries was also presented.
- ASA Partner Sue Clery conducted a session at AASCU’s Academic Affairs Winter Meeting titled Make Your Data Work for You: Tips for Strategic Data Use. This session provided information and tips to help campus teams develop a strategic data plan that actively supports decision making and planning regarding institutions’ student success initiatives. During this session, participants were armed with an understanding of key conditions for creating a culture of evidence, ideas for developing probing and guiding questions that result in actionable data, and the nuts and bolts of developing an effective monitoring and data communication plan. Sample assessment and tool giveaways were provided to workshop participants.