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2015 PDS Summer Drive-In Workshops
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Information coming soon about our summer PDS workshops NEAIR will be hosting at the Korman Center, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

When: 7/10/2015
9 AM to Noon; 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Where: One Drexel Plaza
3001 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104
United States
Contact: Beth Simpson
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Fees & Refunds 

Participants may choose up to two workshop sessions: one in the morning and one in the afternoon unless attending the full-day Newcomer’s Workshop.

Half-Day Workshop Sessions:  $85 (NEAIR members); $105 (non-members)

Full-Day Newcomer’s Workshop Session:  $120 (NEAIR members); $145 (non-members)

New to NEAIR?

Join NEAIR after June 1 and receive membership pricing for the PDS workshops PLUS receive an extra three months of NEAIR membership.

Workshop Sessions (click here for Workshop Descriptions):

Full Day Session 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.      

Newcomers to IR

Presenters: Alan Sturtz and Melanie Sullivan 

Morning Workshop Sessions 9 a.m. to Noon

1.)  NCES/AIR IPEDS Finance Workshop (Workshop starts at 8:30am)

      Presenter: IPEDS Instructor

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and NEAIR are co-hosting a morning workshop at no cost to participants. Financial support for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). 

IPEDS Finance Training for IR Professionals is designed specifically for those persons who are not financial experts and have no training in the field of finance or accounting. The module presents eight objectives including an introduction to higher education finance, GASB vs. FASB, key accounting concepts, a review of the general purpose financial statements and how they relate to the finance survey, reporting comparison challenges, and where and how the data are used. Exercises are included that give participants a hands-on experience in filling out the IPEDS Finance survey and benchmarking with commonly used finance variables. Since the Institutional Researcher is typically not the person filling out the IPEDS survey, this module focuses more on a general understanding of higher education finance and how and why the IPEDS Finance data are used.

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2.)  Introduction to Statistics using SPSS + ONLINE OPTION

      Presenter - Jessica Sharkness

3.)  Institutional Research + Retention = SUCCESS! + ONLINE OPTION

      Presenters - Lisa Plummer and Nakia Mack

LUNCH:  Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all attendees registered for two workshops or for the full day Newcomers workshop attendees.  

Any attendee registered for just one workshop will be given an opportunity to buy a lunch for $15 - either stay after a morning workshop or come early for your afternoon workshop and network with your colleagues.

Afternoon Workshop Sessions 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

1.)    Enrollment Management Research with SPSS + ONLINE OPTION 

        Presenter- Paul Bonfanti

2.)    Strategic Planning: The Basics + ONLINE OPTION 

        Presenter- Stephen Sheridan

3.)   Pivot Tables Changed My Life-They Can Change Yours Too!

       Presenters- Paula Maas and Jason Schweitzer

ONLINE WORKSHOPS SPECIAL NOTE: For those that cannot make the drive-in, this year NEAIR PDS Committee is offering some of the workshops via distance learning through synchronous web cast using Drexel’s technology.  Look for the web only registration option once registration opens June 1st

Local Arrangements

BUILDING AND ROOM LOCATION: Registration and workshop sessions will be One Drexel Plaza, see map for location information.  Lunch will be in the Paul Peck Center.


Philadelphia International Airport - Travel Distance to Hotel: Approximately 7.0 miles

Options for getting to and from hotel include:

Taxi  Fee: $28 for 1 person (flat rate), $29.50 for 2 people (flat rate)  Hours: 24 hours
Travel Time: Approximately 20 minutes
A taxi stand is located immediately outside baggage claim at each terminal.

Lady Liberty Shuttle Van- Fee: $10 per adult   Hours: Sun - Sat, 7AM - 11PM  Travel Time: Approximately 30-45 min 

In baggage claim at each terminal, there is a ground transportation desk. The attendant will assist you in connecting with Lady Liberty to secure service. The approximate wait time is 15 minutes for a van. You must have your luggage prior to securing service.

SEPTA Regional Rail Airport Line
Fare: $7 (cash - pay on board)
Independence Pass: $11 (one day unlimited)
Hours: 5:09AM - 12:09AM
Travel Time: Approximately 30 minutes
Connects all airport terminals with 30th Street Amtrak Station


HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  We have a block of rooms, but attendees must book by June 19 to get the rate.  Wireless internet in guest rooms and public areas is complimentary.
This hotel is 100% smoke-free.

Go to:  Or call 888-627-7071 and ask to reserve a room for the event "Summer 2015 Drive In Workshop".

Sheraton Philadelphia University City Hotel
3549 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

CHECK IN/OUT: Check-In time is 3:00 PM. Check-Out time is 12:00 PM.

DIRECTIONS:   The hotel is 0.1 miles from Drexel University, so a short walk or taxi.

HOTEL PARKING:  Covered self-parking with unlimited in/out is available for $25.00 per day, which will be charged to the individual guest bill.

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