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2010 Drive-in Workshops
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When: Tuesday, July 27th
9am to 3:30 pm
Where: The College of New Jersey, Ewing NJ
2000 Pennington Road
Ewing, New Jersey  08628-0718
United States
Contact: Gayle Fink
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Summer Drive-in Workshop Topics

Morning Workshops- 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Best Practices in Presenting Data and Information (cap of 40), Terra Schehr, Loyola University Maryland

IR is relied upon to provide data and information from varying sources—such as institutional ERP systems, national databases, and survey data sets—to multiple audiences who differ in their numerical literacy. In this session, participants will discuss and learn how to present data in meaningful ways to meet the needs of these multiple audiences. We will discuss the relationship between data and information, the benefits and drawbacks of various common reporting media (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, PDF), the advantages and disadvantages of tables and charts, and how to display qualitative data. Throughout, we will examine a variety of examples that will help illustrate best practices in effectively communicating the answers to simple and complex research questions. (Format: Lecture/Interactive)

Data 102: Tests of Means (t-tests and ANOVA) (cap of 25),  Linda Mallory, US Military Academy

This workshop will explain the t-tests (single sample, independent samples, and paired samples) and one-way ANOVA using Excel and SPSS. The participants will gain an understanding of how to use these statistics and how to interpret the output. (Format: Lecture/Hands-on)


Lunch- On your own (Click here for recommended nearby restaurants Another option is the Brower Food Court in the Brower Student Center. Summer hours are Mon-Fri: 7:30 am-3:00 pm. The Food Court offers personal pizza, deli sandwiches, wraps, and grill-items made-to-order, pre-made salads and sandwiches, and coffee. 


Afternoon Workshops- 1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Modernize Your Presentations – Skip the *.ppt, Learn Prezi! (cap of 25), Mitch Nesler, Empire State College

The 2009 NEAIR Presidential Address made use of a new presentation software. This workshop is designed to get you up and running on a very different type of presentation software; more powerful, flexible and less boring than PowerPoint. And it’s free! (Format: Lecture/Hands-on) 


Financial Aid Basics for Institutional Research (cap of 40), Gayle Fink, Bowie State University

Participants will be introduced to common financial aid terms, processes and analysis issues throughout the session. A flat file used in the state of Maryland will be introduced as a prototype that can be used by IR offices to aid in working with financial aid data. Participants will be guided through the process of creating summary financial aid reports and creating a student-unit-record file using SPSS. Attendees will learn how to match financial aid information is enrollment data to complete IPEDS and other reports. Examples of institutional-level analysis including retention/graduation rates and graduate loan debt will be shown. (Format: Lecture/Interactive)


Travel and Lodging Information

Hotel accommodations:  A list of area hotels is provided by The College of New Jersey prices ranging from $100-200. Please contact the hotel directly to make your reservation.  If you are flying into Philadelphia Airport you will need to rent a car and/or take a train.

Workshops location: The College of New Jersey is located at 2000 Pennington Road Ewing, NJ 08628-0718. Driving directions can be found at:

Campus Map- On this map all workshops will be in the tan building labeled "School of Business Building” (code BB). Those in computer labs will be in Business Building Room 225 (Data 102 and Prezi), those not in labs will be in Business Building Room 224 (Presenting and Financial Aid). The rooms are adjacent, on the second floor of the building.

Parking will be available in lots 3, 4, 5 and 6 (student parking garage) – labeled "student parking area” on this map. Visitors should enter campus via the "Main Entrance” from Pennington Road (Rt. 31), turn right onto Metzger Drive, and proceed until they turn left into one of these lots. It is a short walk down the path that runs next to the new Art and Interactive Multimedia building and Paul Loser Hall to the Business Building. For those eating on campus, the Food Court is the Brower Student Center (also in tan on this map).


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