2015 Winter Newsletter


As we approach 2016, I encourage you to take a moment to think about how this coming year can be different for you and NCAIR.  The strength of NCAIR comes from the strength of its members. I am encouraged and excited that the upcoming opportunities at the 2016 Conference and 2016 Summer Drive-In will help strengthen our membership. These two meetings present opportunities to learn new skills and to grow as leaders at our institutions and in our field. NCAIR is rich with highly skilled and highly respected members.

For example, did you know that North Carolina has more SAIR presidents than any other state (North Carolina Central University with 3, Wake Forest University with 2, Fayetteville State University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with 1 each)? We have great colleagues who have strong skills and a breadth of knowledge that we can learn from…I hope that you will take advantage of the opportunities that NCAIR offers. I look forward to seeing and learning from you at the 2016 conference. In the meantime, let me update you on a few things.

Summer Drive-In:
NCAIR’s Summer Drive-In was held at the SAS Campus in Cary on July 24th.  By all measures, this was an extremely successful Drive-In with 106 people attending from 46 different schools. That’s about 25 more attendees over the previous year. I want to give special thanks to Samuel Hayes from SAS who worked very hard to make this Drive-In so successful. In addition I would also like to give shout-outs to the SAS instructors and to NCAIR instructors Christine Whitaker, Amy Barmer, and Jennifer Pauli for supporting NCAIR with their time and expertise.

The next Summer Drive-In is scheduled for July 22, 2016 at the SAS Campus in Cary. We look forward to seeing you there. Please contact me ([email protected]) if you are interested in conducting a session or have ideas for session topics.

Sequenced Training Courses:
You may have noticed in the recent announcement for the 2016 conference that we are offering the following two half-day workshops (1) Introduction to Statistics and (2) Introduction to Essential Microsoft Excel Functions. These topics were chosen due to membership feedback on the conference evaluation forms. This is a great opportunity as a participant to sharpen your skills. It is also a great opportunity to sharpen your presentation/teaching skills as we are seeking instructors for each workshop.  If you are interested in being an instructor please contact Tim Metz ([email protected]).

Networking Opportunities:
The conference planning committee is getting creative with this initiative! We are clearly thinking outside the box and have discussed a number of concepts and ideas. Be on the lookout and be prepared as we may be contacting you!

The upcoming 2016 conference promises to be a truly outstanding event thanks to the hard-work of NCAIR’s President-Elect, Tim Metz.  We have a terrific location and Tim has developed a relevant and timely program.  Look for details of NCAIR’s 2016 Annual Conference in the “From the Program Chair” section of this newsletter.

I strongly encourage you to think about who you partner with inside or outside your organization and consider a “partnered” presentation proposal. Please send in your conference proposals using the “Call for Participation” guidelines.  In addition, please remember that NCAIR has an excellent travel grant program and we encourage you to apply for that grant should funding be an issue in attending. Our travel grant program details and application can be found in the “From the Program Chair” section of this newsletter.

In addition, we have a new travel grant program that can be used to help attend the AIR Forum (details are forth coming).

My best wishes for the start of a great year!


Rob Springer
NCAIR President

From the Program Chair

Registration for the 2016 NCAIR Conference is open!  Please see the NCAIR website (http://www.ncair.net/) to register.  We are pleased to announce Dr. Michael Rappa, Founding Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics at North Carolina State University is the conference keynote speaker.  Come and here Dr. Rappa’s insights on the future of analytics in academia!

Please consider submitting a presentation proposal.  Both 45 and 75 minute sessions are available.  We encourage presentation proposals supporting our conference theme, Partnerships for Problem Solving.   Perhaps you have created a data solution in conjunction with another campus unit (Admissions, Registrar, Student Affairs, IT, etc.) or with an external solutions provider that you would like to share with the NCAIR membership.  Deadline for proposal submissions is: Friday, February 5, 2016.

Please spread the word on your campus about our pre-conference workshop sessions.  Both the IPEDS workshop on the Essential Microsoft Functions workshop have applications beyond IR office professionals.

Finally, we are seeking volunteer instructors for the Introduction to Statistics and Essential Microsoft Functions pre-conference workshops.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact me as soon as possible ([email protected]).

Tim Metz
President-Elect & Conference Program Chair