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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
Employment Patterns of UST Degree Recipients

Presented by: Sushant Khullar and Michael Cogan
Date(s): November, 2012
Location: Bloomington, MN

Abstract: The Office of Institutional Effectiveness, in cooperation with the Department of Employment and Economic Development, launched a pilot project to understand employment trends for students who graduated from the University of St. Thomas. The project provided gainful insight into student employment, including graduates’ employers, industry sectors, work status, and salary range. Students were compared with their peers, both within Minnesota and nationally. Information about longitudinal comparisons will also be shared.
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
What is the Point of SharePoint? Improving Data Management

Presented by: Kristine Baker and Michael Cogan
Date(s): November, 2012
Location: Bloomington, MN

Abstract: Given the task “to provide leadership in academic planning…and to assist university committees, academic programs and administrative services with information for assessment and quality improvement initiatives,” we needed a knowledge management system that would support sharing information quickly, safely, and appropriately. SharePoint was—and continues to be—our solution. Let us share our use of SharePoint and perhaps point you on your way.
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Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Exploring Differences in Spirituality and Civic Engagement Behaviors by Institutional Type and Religious Affiliation

Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): June, 2012
Location: New Orleans, LA

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to identify differences and similarities in the spirituality and civic engagement behaviors of students based on type of institution attended and self-reported religious affiliation. More specifically, this longitudinal study seeks to measure the direction and magnitude of change experienced by students entering a four-year school as freshmen and subsequently completing their senior year at the same institution.
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Catholic Higher Education Research Cooperative (CHERC)
Who Told You That? Leveraging National and Institutional Data to tell the Rest of the Story

Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): April 1, 2012
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Abstract: Higher education institutions in the US are experiencing scrutiny from multiple sources to include governmental agencies, media outlets, students, families, etc. Clearly, the message delivered by these entities calls for greater transparency and increased efficiency. Additionally, the rapid increase in technical tools has created an environment where public relations between colleges and the communities they serve may be the watershed issue of our time. Providing an accurate and transparent assessment of outcomes and productivity is one approach institutions should use to address this critical issue. This presentation will focus on one institution's use of tools such as the Delaware Productivity Study, Collegiate Learning Assessment, and the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange to share the "rest of the story."
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Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)
Catholic Higher Education Research: Tools for Assessing Catholic Mission and a Model of Inter-Institutional Collaboration
Presented by: Michael Cogan, Ellen Boylan (Marywood University), Laura Uerling (Stonehill College), Mark Gunty (University of Notre Dame)
Date(s): January 29, 2012
Location: Washington, D.C.
Abstract: This panel discussion focused on the work of the Catholic Higher Education Research Cooperative (CHERC). The presentation included a model description for mission review employed at Marywood University. In addition, the Mission Perception Inventory (MPI) was described as a comparative resource to collect student perception of the institutions mission. Government data was then used to describe the current situation faced by students and families paying for college as well as institutional administrators faced with increased expenses and calls for greater access. Finally, current collaborative efforts and future projects were shared with the ACCU audience.
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
Linking Transfer Student Outcomes to College of Origin: Is There a Difference?
Presented by: Michael Cogan, Sushant Khullar, Michael Glirbas
Date(s): October 28, 2011
Location: Bloomington, MN
Abstract: The past decade has seen an increase in outcomes based research related to community college transfer students attending four-year institutions. In fact, the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange has conducted the Community College Transfer Study in recent years which is a useful tool when making comparisons across institutions. Breakthroughs such as these have resulted in an increased understanding of transfer student outcomes at many campuses in the US. Still, there is much to be gleaned from this population beyond persistence rates and GPAs. One useful approach is to identify the similarities and differences among transfer student cohorts when controlling for the actual two-year college of origin. The institution involved in this study is a mid-sized, private doctoral institution located in the upper Midwest. Overall, the institution has enrolled nearly 1,450 transfer students since 2006. Of these, 47% have arrived from one of six community colleges located in the Twin Cities Metropolitan Statistical Area. Each group of students arriving from the six institutions was isolated in order to analyze various attributes to include demographic, course completion, and persistence rates. The results of this exploratory study will be shared and information will be provided to representatives from each of the colleges.
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
Quantifying Transfer Credits from a revenue Perspective: One Institutions Approach to Achieving Zen
Presented by: Michael Cogan, Sushant Khullar
Date(s): October 28, 2011
Location: Bloomington, MN
Abstract: The acceptance of transfer credit by four-year institutions has gained wide support throughout higher education in the United States. This is substantiated by National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) estimates indicating 60% of college graduates have attended more than one college prior to graduation. This is due, in part, to legislative influences often resulting in articulation agreements between institutions. Additionally, US citizens are increasingly mobile with a plethora of opportunities to enroll and complete traditional brick-and-mortar, hybrid, and online courses. As this phenomenon has progressed, higher education executives have begun to recognize that transfer credits have an ever increasing impact on institutional revenue in the form of tuition and fees. This study will describe the methods and steps to understand this impact at a mid-sized, private doctoral institution located in the upper Midwest. The presentation will be framed around three specific questions of interest at the institution. First, what impact does transfer credit prior to a freshman matriculating at the institution have on revenue? Second, what impact does transfer credit earned after matriculation have on revenue? Third, are there academic departments disproportionately affected when compared to other departments? Methods and results will be presented with ample time for discussion.
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Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Retention and Graduation Rates of Athletes: What about Division III?
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): May 24, 2011
Location: Toronto, ON
Abstract: This study examines the academic outcomes of freshman student athletes attending a medium size university in the Midwest. Descriptive analysis revealed student athletes earned similar first semester GPAs and credits when compared to non-student athletes. Further analysis revealed student athletes maintained similar persistence rates when compared to non-student athletes. Multivariate analysis indicated that student athletes maintained higher four-year GPAs and were more likely to return for their fall semester and graduate in four years when compared to non-student athletes. Results of this study indicate that participation in DIII athletics is associated with positive academic outcomes at the focus institution.
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Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Academic Outcomes and Faculty Advising: One Institution's Approach to Quantifying the Process
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): May 23, 2011
Location: Toronto, ON
Abstract: With the increased emphasis on improving retention and graduation rates of higher education students, faculty advisors are being asked to undertake a significant role in this endeavor. An in-house questionnaire was administered to all freshman students so they may share their perceptions of the faculty advisor process. Between 2006 and 2009, nearly 3,000 responses were collected at a private, medium-sized Catholic institution located in the upper Midwest. This information was then linked to student demographic and academic data, which was then used to identify relationships between the faculty advisor process and academic outcomes to include GPAs and persistence.
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Catholic Higher Education Research Cooperative (CHERC)
Exploring Differences in Spirituality and Civil Engagement Behaviors by Institutional Type and Religious Affiliation
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): April, 2011
Location: Chicago, IL
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Campus Compact Workshop
Using Survey Data to Develop and Assess Civic Engagement Outcomes
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): February 2011
Location: Northfield, MN
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) - BEST PAPER
Retention and Graduation Rates of Athletes: What about Division III?
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): November 2010
Location: Bloomington, MN
Abstract: This study examines the academic outcomes of freshman student athletes attending a medium size university in the Midwest. Descriptive analysis revealed student athletes earned similar first semester GPAs and credits when compared to non-student athletes. Further analysis revealed student athletes maintained similar persistence rates when compared to non-student athletes. Multivariate analysis indicated that student athletes maintained higher four-year GPAs and were more likely to return for their fall semester and graduate in four years when compared to non-student athletes. Results of this study indicate that participation in DIII athletics is associated with positive academic outcomes at the focus institution.
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National Academic Advising Association
Exploring Gender Differences in Faculty Advising: Does it Matter?
Presented by: Michael Cogan, Susan Anderson
Date(s): October 4, 2010
Location: Orlando, FL
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Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Law School Admission and Standardized Testing: Is the LSAT the Only Answer?
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): June 1, 2010
Location: Chicago, IL
Abstract: This session focuses on one aspect of an early admission program designed to admit high achieving junior level students to the institution’s law school. More specifically, the need for a standardized exam arose as the currently accepted LSAT would not be completed by this group of students at the time of admission. A research project was conducted to determine the viability of using the ACT Composite score in place of the LSAT for this select group of students. A description of the process, research, and ABA ruling is discussed.
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National Academic Advising Association - Region 6
Exploring Gender Differences Related to Faculty Advising
Presented by: Michael Cogan, Susan Anderson
Date(s): May 14, 2010
Location: Lincoln, NE
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
Exploring Academic Outcomes of Homeschooled Students
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): November 2009
Location: Bloomington, MN
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Center for Intercultural & Community Engagement
Gender Patterns at St. Thomas: What are the Differences and Does it Matter?
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): November 17, 2009
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
Clear'-inghouse Data
Presented by: Sushant Khullar
Date(s): November 2009
Location: Bloomington, MN
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Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Service Learning Outcomes: Employing Quantitative Analysis to Assess Program Effectiveness
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): June 2, 2009
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
Part-time Faculty Exposure and Student Retention Outcomes: Is there a Relationship?
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): November 6, 2008
Location: Bloomington, MN
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) - BEST PAPER
Service Learning Outcomes: Employing Quantitative Analysis to Assess Program Effectiveness
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): May 27, 2008
Location: Bloomington, MN
Abstract: The concept of providing service learning opportunities to students has become a priority in American higher education. As such, institutional researchers are developing processes to measure the effects of service learning on students participating in these programs. This presentation focuses on one such project conducted at a mid-sized private institution located in the Midwest. The sample group consisted of 350 students who completed a pre- and post-assessment designed to capture their perceptions on selected social issues prior to and upon completion of a service-learning project. The results of this research will be shared with ample time provided for group discussion.
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Association for Institutional Research (AIR)
Instructor Evaluations: Employing Institutional Research to Sort through the Facts and the Fiction
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): May 27, 2008
Location: Seattle, WA
Abstract: This paper addresses common concerns expressed by faculty employing a common teacher evaluation form utilized across the institution. Issues addressed by the author include measuring the reliability of the instrument and using multivariate analysis to identify factors influencing the teacher evaluation ratings. The focus study analyzed data from more than 37,000 undergraduate student evaluations at a private mid-western doctoral institution during the 2006-07 academic year. The researcher linked more than 20 variables commonly housed in higher education information systems to include instructor attributes, course attributes, and the demographic composition of the students enrolled in each course.
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National Academic Advising Association - Region 6
Knowing the Problem before it becomes Your Problem: Managing Risk in Academic Advising
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): May 20, 2008
Location: Ames, IA
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Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM)
Graduation and Retention Rates: Using Multiple Research Methods to Tell the Rest of the Story
Presented by: Michael Cogan, Sushant Khullar
Date(s): November 2007
Location: Bloomington, MN
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Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) Symposium
Predicting Success of Academically Dismissed Undergraduate Students using Quality Point Status
Presented by: Michael Cogan
Date(s): September 25, 2007
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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