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2016 PDS Summer Drive-In Workshops
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2016 PDS Summer Drive-In Workshops

The PDS Committee will be running several half and full day professional development workshops at Drexel University. Registration will open June 1st.

When: Friday, July 22, 2016
Where: Drexel University
3001 Market Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  19104
United States
Contact: Beth Simpson

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PDS Registration will open June 1st and closes July 18th.

Workshop Sessions (Click here for Full Workshop Descriptions)

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

           Newcomers to IR: What is this all about?

Presenters: Annemarie Bartlett, Ursinus College, and Alexander Yin, Consultant

Morning Sessions begin at 9:00 AM:

Applications of Enrollment Management Research: NSC Data presented by Trina Das, Bryn Mawr College, and Chad May, Holy Family University

Introduction to Dashboards in EXCEL presented by Craig Abbey, University at Buffalo

Research Design & Statistics: Comparing Mean Differences presented by Mary Ann Coughlin, Springfield College

Afternoon Sessions begin at 1:00 PM:

Asking Good Questions: The Survey Design Process presented by Sarah Hailey, Carnegie Mellon University

EXCEL Dashboards from Unit Record Data using Power Pivot presented by Craig Abbey, University at Buffalo

In coordination with the Association of Institutional Research (AIR): the following IPEDS workshop will be offered free of charge: 

IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional EffectivenessNote: This workshop starts at 12:45 p.m. and ends at 4:30 p.m.

Lunch at Paul Peck Center 12:00 – 1:00 PM

Please note:  Lunch is included for attendees registered in two workshops or the Full Day Newcomers workshop.  Attendees registered in just a morning workshop AND who have paid for lunch will walk with the group to lunch at noon; attendees registered in just an afternoon workshop AND who have paid for lunch should check-in your for your afternoon workshop at One Drexel Plaza prior to lunch, or after eating between 12:45 and 1:00 PM.   


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

Half-Day Workshop Sessions:  $90 (NEAIR members); $115 (non-members)

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

New to NEAIR?
 Join NEAIR and receive membership pricing for the PDS workshops PLUS receive up to an extra three months of NEAIR membership.  Please be sure to register as a NEAIR member FIRST before registering for the workshops so membership discount is applied. 

To join NEAIR, click on the "Register" button in the upper right hand corner at  If registering for membership with a credit card, you can immediately register for the PDS workshops; if registering for membership and paying by check, please wait for approval of your membership before registering for PDS workshops.


Refund requests for Drive-in Workshop Session fees received by July 1 will be assessed a 10% processing fee with the balance refunded by check

Cancellations or no shows for Drive-in Workshop Sessions received after July 1, 2016 will not be refunded.     

Local Arrangements


Drexel University is easily accessible by: Car (See Map) –

1. Park America lot is one block West of One Drexel Plaza on Market Street ($15 per day),

2. Central Parking at Amtrak 30th Street Station (, 2951 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 215-356-9433

3. The Hub Cira Center Parking (,lf_ui:2&rflfq=1&rlha=0&rllag=39956778,-75182167,112&tbm=lcl&rldimm=7761510173919154829), 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104; 877-843-4821



HOTEL:       DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City

237 S. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19107



HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  A small room block has been reserved for Thursday, July 21st with a guest room rate of $169 plus tax.  Go to: to reserve a room.  Attendees must book by June 22 to get this rate, but please note that room reservations are based on availability.





Taxi Fee: $24 for 1 person.  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 5:30am – 12:00 Midnight.  215-724-8888  Upon Arrival please proceed to the Ground Transportation Counter (located in Baggage Claim).  Register with the counter attendant (ticket number will be called when van arrives), or Dial 27 from the ground transportation counter phones (in Baggage Claim) and inform dispatcher of destination and number in party.  You must have your luggage prior to securing service.  The ground transportation counter employees will then coordinate you outside to your Lady Liberty Shuttle van.  Lady Liberty Shuttles pick up outside baggage claim at ZONE 7.  Shuttles depart the PHL airport approximately every 10-15 minutes.


DIRECTIONS FROM HOTEL TO DREXEL UNIVERSITY:  Approximately 1.7 miles.  Options include:


Taxi Fee:  Approximately $13 for 1 person. 


SEPTA Market-Frankford Line:  15th St. Station ( to 30th St. Station.  Cash fare is $2.25 each person; exact fare must be used.  Once at 30th St. Station, walk one block West on Market Street to One Drexel Plaza. 

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