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May 2, 2024 Pre-Conference Meetings

8:15 am – 9:00 am  Registration with Continental Breakfast

Thursday: We’re hosting a Best Dressed in College Spirit Competition. Show off your style, creativity, and confidence, and you could win an exciting prize!

You are encouraged to bring some of your school’s swag to share with the group

9:00 am - 10:00 am  IPEDS Updates and Roundtable/Q&A 

IPEDS Updates and Roundtable/Q&A 

Presented by 

Meredith Abrams Adam Lee

Maricopa County Community College District Maricopa County Community College District 

Planning Research Director of Institutional Effectiveness Planning Research Analyst, Sr.

10:00 am – 10:15 am  Break

10:15 am – 11:15 am  Select 1 Session to Attend 

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In this session Dr. Carrie Kisker will guide attendees through a series of conversations to identify potential new metrics and cohorts for the 2024 statewide Strategic Vision for Arizona community colleges.

Presented by Dr. Carrie Kisker

Dr. Carrie B. Kisker is president of Kisker Education Consulting in Los Angeles, California. For over a decade she has worked with AC4 and institutional researchers across the state to develop the statewide Strategic Vision report and create/update associated metrics.

This session provides a detailed exploration of various reports from ASU, UA, and NAU- all openly accessible to the public. These reports

delve into key areas, including enrollment, financial aid, completions, and post-graduate outcomes, shedding light on institutional

priorities and trends

Presented by

Alecia Radatz

Arizona State University

Senior Director University Office of Institutional Analysis

11:15 am – 11:45 am  Perkins Reporting Update

Perkins Reporting Update

Presented by 

Samuel Irvin

Arizona Department of Education

CTE Director of Data & Accountability

1:15 pm - 2:15 pm  Unlocking Data Potential with Tableau: A Workshop on Dashboard Design and Strategic Integration

Unlocking Data Potential with Tableau: A Workshop on Dashboard Design and Strategic Integration

This session bridges practical tool-specific skills with holistic data solution strategies, emphasizing the importance of user experience (UX) research, dashboard wireframing, and analytics that support strategic decision-making.

Learn through case studies from expert Tableau developers:

A UX-driven dashboard for retention data at ASU Graduate School.

A strategic planning dashboard at Estrella Mountain Community College.

Participants will not only gain insights from these real-world applications but will also receive a customizable wireframing template. Whether you're looking to improve your data presentations or integrate actionable insights into your institution's strategic processes, this session will provide valuable skills and tools to enhance your work.

Presented by 

Lori Lindenberg Samantha Carter John Snelling

Arizona State University Arizona State University       Maricopa County Community College District - EMCC

Sr Director Data Strategy     Business Intelligence Analyst       Assoc. Vice President, Institutional Effectiveness

& Asset Orchestration 

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm  Break

2:30 pm - 3:30pm Power BI Workshop

Power BI Workshop

In today’s data-driven landscape, organizations seek actionable insights to drive informed decisions. Power BI, a robust business intelligence tool, transforms raw data into compelling visualizations. In this presentation, we delve into how Power BI empowers users to visualize data, automate insights, and learn from real-world examples. Join us on this journey of data enlightenment, where Power BI meets AI to unlock the full potential of your organization’s data.

Presented by

Trevor Hart

Eastern Arizona College

Data Analyst

3:30 pm - 5:00pm  Select 1 Session to Attend 

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Presented by ASU Helios Decision Center for Educational Excellence 

Presented by AzAIR Conference Sponsors

5:30 pm - 7:30pm AZAIR Welcome Event (Conference Registration Required)

Kick off the 2024 AZAIR conference on a high note with a Thursday evening event in a relaxed environment for connecting with fellow professionals. 

May 3, 2024 Conference sessions

8:00 am – 8:50 am  Registration with Breakfast

8:50 am – 9:00 am  Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Teresa Bailey, President AZAIR

9:00 am – 9:50 am Keynote Speaker

Reetika Dhawan

Arizona Western College

CEO of Entrepreneurial College & VP of Workforce & Healthcare Programs

Reetika Dhawan is a dynamic leader in education, celebrated for her visionary leadership and transformative impact. With a rich academic background encompassing master's degree in physics and applied mathematics, Reetika's journey in education has been marked by an unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation. Currently pursuing her doctorate in Instructional Design, she continues to push the boundaries of educational practice and theory. As the Vice President of Workforce and Career Technical Education (CTE) at Arizona Western College, Reetika Dhawan has spearheaded initiatives that bridge the gap between education and industry, ensuring students are equipped with the skills necessary to thrive in today's rapidly evolving workforce. Her strategic vision and collaborative approach have led to the development of innovative programs that meet the needs of both students and employers. Beyond her role at Arizona Western College, Reetika has distinguished herself as a thought leader and influencer in education. She has served on numerous boards, leveraging her expertise to shape policy and drive positive change within the education sector. Her contributions have been recognized with multiple awards, including the prestigious Vice President Innovation Award, Teacher of the Year, and the Heart of Yuma Leadership Award. In addition to her professional achievements, Reetika Dhawan is a passionate advocate for education and social impact. She believes deeply in the power of education to transform lives and communities, and she is committed to making a difference in the world. As the CEO (Chief Executive Officers) of Entrepreneurial College, Reetika continues to inspire and empower the next generation of leaders, equipping them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in an ever-changing world. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to education and her dedication to empowering others, Reetika Dhawan was honored with the prestigious Athena International Award in 2023. This award serves as a testament to her leadership, vision, and unwavering commitment to excellence. As she continues to chart new paths and push the boundaries of educational innovation, Reetika remains a beacon of inspiration for educators and leaders around the world. 

9:50 am – 10:00 am  Break

10:00 am – 11:00 am  Select 1 Session to Attend 

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Explore IR life in Pinal County during this Q&A session with Dustin Maroney, Executive Director of Institutional Research for Central Arizona College, and hear how the college uses targeted data analytics to improve support and outcomes for students. From identifying student cohorts to ensuring effective paths to completion, discover how the college created an environment that embraces data-driven decision making and is shaping more successful educational experiences for students.

This session will look at real-world applications of data analytics in higher education, offering practical steps and innovative approaches that you can apply to help your students thrive. 

Attendees of this session will learn how to:

Presented by 

Dustin Maroney Michael Taft

Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness           Chief Executive Officer

Central Arizona College           ZogoTech

Presented by ASU Helios Decision Center for Educational Excellence 

11:00 am – 12:00 pm   Arizona Education and Workforce Visualization

Arizona Education and Workforce Visualization

Presented by ASU Helios Decision Center for Educational Excellence 

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm  AZAIR Business Meeting with Lunch

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm   Ensuring Analytics Projects Lead to Action and Positive Outcomes

Ensuring Analytics Projects Lead to Action and Positive Outcomes

At Pima CC there are more data project requests than can be completed by the team and available resources. We will share how we prioritize, execute, and evaluate projects to achieve success. The approach requires only a few key principles and tools, but when followed consistently has resulted in positive outcomes for the college. We will use several real project examples to illustrate how we applied these principles and achieved outcomes, including tripling dual enrollment and increasing the percentage of students successfully completing coursework, as well as deferring projects due to poor alignment. Participants will leave with an understanding of our approach, and how you can incorporate its principles at your institution.

Presented by 

John Van Weeren Özlem Ö. Kacira

Voyatek Pima Community College

Vice President, Higher Education Director of Institutional Analytics

Strategy, Analytics and Research (StAR)

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm  Select 1 Session to Attend 

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Exlore how Arizona State University is using the Ethical AI Engine to assess the ethical implications of models, products, and vendors associated with the university. Additionally, learn about the Analytics Agent, a proof of concept developed to boost the effectiveness of Business Intelligence staff through targeted analytical support. This presentation aims to share ASU's commitment to ethical AI practices, highlight the challenges encountered, and provide insights gained from ongoing AI projects.

Presented by

Paul Alvarado

Arizona State University 

Presented by ASU Helios Decision Center for Educational Excellence 

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm  Break

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm  Data Enrichment: Empowering Enterprise Asset Development and Actionable Analytics

Data Enrichment: Empowering Enterprise Asset Development and Actionable Analytics

Data within educational institutions tend to be less-than-ideal for use beyond the generating system. Accessibility, accuracy, completeness, consistency, documentation, structure, and volume are all typical concerns for downstream developers and analysts. This presentation will cover what data enrichment is, why it is valuable, and how it is being leveraged at ASU in order to support a range of both traditional and advanced applications, as well as how it relates to similar initiatives in adjacent spaces.

Presented by

 Josh Johnson

Arizona State University

AI Program Manager

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm  Arizona Education Progress Meters and Postsecondary Education

Arizona Education Progress Meters and Postsecondary Education

Education Forward Arizona will review their Arizona education progress meters, share their polling results on how Arizona voters feel about postsecondary education in AZ, and discuss their research on the economic and social value of post-secondary enrollment, success, and attainment in our state.

Presented by Education Forward Arizona

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm  Closing Remarks and Adjournment

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