News & Updates

April 25, 2018 - IRAA Team Members Elected to Professional Organization Boards

Congratulations to Mary Kathryn Starkey and Craig Rudick for each being elected to the executive board of a major professional organization this Spring. Mary Kathryn has been elected to the office of Vice President of the Kentucky Association for Institutional Research (KAIR), a state affiliate of the national Association for Institutional Research organization. She will serve as Vice President for one year, and will succeed to the office of President in the following year. Craig was elected to a two-year term as a Board Member at Large of the Higher Education Data Warehousing forum (HEDW), a national organization of business intelligence professionals in the higher education industry. Both Mary Kathryn and Craig hope to use these positions as opportunities to share best practices among peers and to strengthen UK's connections ot the higher education analytics community.


April 3, 2018 - Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics Presents at KAIR

Several members of the Institutional Research & Advanced Analytics (IRAA) team were selected to present at the 2018 Kentucky Association for Institutional Research (KAIR) conference on March 15th and 16th in Frankfort, KY. Presentations included "Leveraging Tableau for Campus-Wide Student Success Analytics & Reporting" (Chris Thuringer & Shelby Albers), "Data Modeling and Decision Support for a more Diverse Faculty" (Heidi Hiemstra), and "Using First Year Students' Sense of Belonging as a Predictor of Retention" (Jason Chen, Virginia Lacefield, & Adam Lindstrom).


IRAA attendees engaged in discussion with other institutional researchers from colleges across Kentucky about data-informed decision making, as well as a tour of Frankfort's own Buffalo Trace Distillery.


November 16, 2017 - Virginia Lacefield Presents at EDUCAUSE

On November 3rd, IRAA team member Virginia Lacefield presented to over 80 attendees at EDUCAUSE.


Titled "Evaluating the Impact of Technology-Enhanced Active Learning Classrooms on Students and Instructors: Lessons from Our First Full Year," Lacefield's presentation covered the 17 new technology-enhanced active learning (TEAL) spaces which were opened at the University of Kentucky between 2014 and 2016, as well as the student learning outcomes and retention during this time.


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