“We included a goal for each indicator, with a target year, and assigned an individual institutional leader,” explained Neufville. “Provision on the document was made for notes to explain calculations and include some drill down information, such as differentiating between faculty and staff data. We later included benchmark data, which allowed for comparison against national norms, peer groups, and aspirant peer groups.”
Neufville said her presentation emphasised finding and reporting benchmark comparisons.
As recipient of the award, Neufville will represent Maryland and present at the international annual conference sponsored by Association for Institutional Researchers (AIR) conference in Long Beach, California as an AIR Affiliate Best Paper Award Winner. Each spring, AIR hosts a four-day conference (AIR Forum) that brings together approximately 1,600 institutional research professionals from around the world representing all sectors of higher education.