Why Data Geeks Love Beacon

Why Data Geeks Love Beacon Kevin Bates
  • Beacon Series
  • Professional Development

Date: Apr 03, 2014 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

Skill Level: Intermediate

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Webinar Details:

Beacon enables you to retain more students by utilizing data to support student success. Hear how two self-proclaimed data geeks utilized information from Beacon to increase their understanding of their students and impact their success. Strategies for connecting data from other Campus Labs platforms as well as on-campus systems will be shared.

Guest presenters:
Dominic Barraclough
Dominic Barraclough earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of North Dakota (UND) and started at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1999 as a faculty member in the Counselor Education Program. After having served as Program Coordinator and being promoted to Professor he was asked to head the Division of Student Affairs efforts in assessment in general and assessment of learning outcomes in particular as Director of Student Learning Outcomes and Assessment. That work broadened to include using assessment to improve the institution’s retention efforts. He currently serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and Academic Projects.

Margot SaltonstallMargot Saltonstall is the Associate Director for Assessment for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Northern Arizona University, in Flagstaff, Arizona. Dr. Saltonstall holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from NAU, and B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Arizona. She has worked in non-profit and higher education assessment for over 15 years. Currently, she oversees the assessment activities for over a dozen departments in the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Division of NAU. Her work within the division focuses on investigating how students’ participation in programs and services contributes to their academic success, satisfaction, and learning and development.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Jenna Ralicki

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Allison Laske

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Katie Felton

Are you thinking about creating a campus-wide co-curricular track? Join us for a webinar with Brock University to hear about their process from conception to launch to future plans. Our guests will share their methods, advice, and lessons learned from developing this program.

Guest Presenters:

Amber Scholtens is the Student Leadership & Engagement Coordinator at Brock University.

Brad Clarke is the Director of Student Life & Community Experience at Brock University

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Skill Level: Advanced

Melissa Wright

While there is clearly great value in annual assessment planning processes, focusing too closely on our program outcomes year after year can also divert our attention from other problems and questions across an institution. In this webinar, we will discuss the concept of problem-based assessment and how it can be leveraged to engage faculty and staff in the assessment process both in and outside the standard annual assessment cycle.

Guest Presenters:

Linda Pursley, Ph.D., is the Director of Assessment and Institutional Research at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA where she also serves as a faculty member to doctoral students. In her role as Director, she works with colleagues to design and conduct research to inform strategic planning and evaluation efforts, including self-studies and program reviews; coordinates the development and implementation of short and long term plans for assessment and evaluation across the University; and supports faculty and staff in their assessment and evaluation efforts, among other duties. Prior to joining Lesley in June, 2005, Linda served as the Special Assistant to the President and Director of Research for Planning and Evaluation at Cambridge College. She holds a PhD in Program Evaluation and Planning from Cornell University, a Master’s degree in Family Relations and Human Development from The Ohio State University, and a Graduate Certificate Teaching English as a Foreign Language from the American University. In addition to her experience in assessment, planning, and research in higher education, she has also worked abroad as a Curriculum Specialist in Awassa, Ethiopia and a Technical Adviser in Maseru, Lesotho. Linda has also published and presented on topics in assessment and evaluation and participatory approaches to research and evaluation.

Sharron L. Ronco, Ph.D., is Marquette University's Assessment Director, assisting academic departments and co-curricular units in the assessment of student learning outcomes for program improvement.  Before joining Marquette in August, 2011, Dr. Ronco was Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis at Florida Atlantic University, overseeing the university's data collection and reporting, surveys and analysis, accreditation, and assessment for institutional effectiveness.  She also spent twenty years working in higher education in Texas; first as a Branch Chief in the Dallas regional office of the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, and later as Director of Institutional Studies at the University of Texas El Paso. She earned a Ph.D. in Educational Research and Statistics from the University of North Texas.  A native of Milwaukee, Dr. Ronco's bachelor's degree from Marquette University and master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee prepared her for an earlier career in secondary school teaching and bilingual education. She is active as a presenter and program committee member in state, regional and national institutional research associations, and has publications addressing the use of statistical techniques for understanding student enrollment behaviors, and in assessment.

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Jess Kitt

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Skill Level: Beginner

Annemieke Rice

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Annemieke Rice

Learn from Northern Arizona University’s journey to increase student retention by 10% using a data-driven outreach model. In this multi-phased process, NAU incorporated data from campus information systems, non-cognitive assessments, early academic performance, and ongoing student surveys to paint a full picture of the student experience. Hear how they successfully shared this information with an on-campus student success network in order to proactively contact new students before it was too late.

Erin Grisham serves as the Executive Director for Educational Support Services at Northern Arizona University. As Executive Director she is part of the senior leadership in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and provides leadership for the division’s retention services and programs. These include the LEADS Center (Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Diversity and Service) home to the University’s Inclusion and Multicultural Services, Student Support Services, First Generation Student Initiatives, and Native American Student Services. She also provides leadership for the Student Learning Centers and Mentoring Programs on campus, home to a variety of academic support initiatives and mentoring programs for students. She also oversees several college access programs including 5 TRIO programs and the Northern Arizona College Resource Center. Other initiatives under her direction include an early intervention project for first year students based on collaboration with the Student Strengths Inventory (SSI) that identifies at-risk students and places them into needed support services, and a cadre of initiatives designed to support the unique needs of first generation college students. She is past co-chair the First Year Coordinating Council and currently coordinates the Retention Services and Review Team in Enrollment Management and Student Affairs and leads collaborative retention efforts across the division and campus.

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Skill Level: Beginner

Steve Szopinski

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Jess Kitt

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• Locate community resources and national benchmarking studies

• Collect data online and with mobile devices

• Locate your assessment results

• Create key performance indicators

• Use the consultation available to you

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Skill Level: Intermediate

Dan Kaczmarek

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