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Institutional Effectiveness analysts present at annual forum

Update | Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Paul Rusinko, sits in front as Laura Wittel presents in Phoenix earlier this month. 

Pictured above, Paul Rusinko, sits in front as Laura Wittel presents in Phoenix earlier this month. 

Two research analysts in Columbus State’s Office of Institutional Effectiveness (OIE) made presentations about their research work at the College at the annual Association for Institutional Research (AIR) Forum.

Kat McDonald-Miranda and Laura Wittel, along with OIE Director Paul Rusinko, made the presentation at the forum held June 6 - 9 in Phoenix.

McDonald-Miranda presented "Mapping Insights: Meeting Students Where They Are By Knowing Where They Are," which highlighted a number of research projects she worked on that have included geospatial analysis, as well as the pros and cons of grouping students by city, zip codes, or census tracts when creating population-density "heat maps."

Wittel presented "Getting Started With Labor Market Data: From Vision To Reality," which highlighted different ways she has incorporated labor market and wage data into various College research projects, the relative strengths and weaknesses of different types of available data, and the considerations that need to be made to determine which data is most appropriate for a given project. 

AIR is the preeminent global organization for higher education professionals in the field of institutional research and effectiveness. The Forum has been its key annual conference since 1961, though, due to the pandemic, this was the first in-person event in three years.


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