5th & 6th of March, 2018 | Novotel Deira City Center, Dubai-UAE
In today’s fast moving educational arena multiple stakeholders need and expect accurate data, information and knowledge delivered in a timely and professional manner.
Technology has facilitated a lot, but is unevenly distributed and unevenly used across the Globe.
Educated, dedicated Institutional Research professional – who understand how to turn data into information are at the table when crucial decisions are made.
Across the world – including the MENA-region – there is great variance in the level of preparedness and sophistication on the part of universities and colleges to deliver accurate and meaningful information.
Much has to do with the enormous diversity of the region: Different schools systems, languages, references, nomenclature, level of state oversight and quality assurance and reporting requirements.
Yet there is great interest in, and need for, cooperation and development a level playing field, shared understanding, common language and references that allow for meaningful measurements, comparisons, benchmarking and collaboration.
Good information matters to multiple stake holders facing strategic decisions: the Boards and leaders of universities often faced with tumultuous political and economic environments, industry seeking good and relevant skills from graduates, deans and professors seeking to fine-tune their course offerings and delivery modes for optimal learning, prospective students and their parents and employers deciding what institution to apply to, alumni and donors deciding whether funding and gifts will be wisely deployed at a given institution, states that may consider support or tax breaks for particular endeavors and institutions and their programs.
CLICKS workshops offer intensive, in-depth programs for both novice and expert educational professionals. CLICKS workshops in capacity building for Institutional Researchers allow for meaningful interaction and exploration and due to limited enrollment each participant will have ample opportunity for active participation, hands on exercises and collegial information sharing.
This program is suitable for Directors, Managers and Staff working in Institutional Research and Institutional Effectiveness offices, as well as those in charge of overall Quality Assurance, planning functions and “accreditation readiness” within their institutions, schools and units.
The program also has relevance for heads of departments, program directors and anyone involved in institutional accreditation, program assessment and program level review and accreditation.
Session 1| Fundamental of Institutional Research in HE – What Data Matters in HE?
This session will acquaint the participants with various types of statistical data needed to support planning, budgeting, enrolment management, program launch and development, faculty studies, instructional analysis, effectiveness, compliance readiness and accreditation. It explores ways to gather data through surveys, interviews, focus groups.
Session 2| Designing and Analyzing Institutional Research Studies
The session explores use of data analytics and statistical methods and looks at specific concepts in analysis relevant to typical performance indicators in the higher education context. Session participants will discuss and compare methods and differences among institutions and from a cross-country perspective. Cohort analysis, progression, conversion rates, retention and graduation rates are examined along with ways to assess faculty performance, including research and publication performance.
Session 3| Intended Learning Outcomes – Evaluating Academic and Support Unit Outcomes
Participants will explore and compare ways to devise ILOs and how to measure these consistently while faced with insistence on academic freedom and compliance strictures. The session also addresses the challenges of measuring outcomes in non-academic/support units.
Session 4 | Presenting and Communicating Data – Data Integrity and Institutional Governance
This session explores various ways of presenting data and communicate findings in ways that are comprehensible and meaningful to diverse audiences and stakeholders. It addresses the issue of data governance and data integrity and the roles of the IR professional in setting and managing expectations and reporting data in responsible and ethical ways.