aSPIRE office recognized for continued advancement in institutional research

(Pictured left to right) Linda Perez, George González, and Patti Walling from the San Jacinto College aSPIRE office

PASADENA, Texas — The Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) has recognized members from the San Jacinto College achieving Strategic Planning Institutional Research and Effectiveness (aSPIRE) office.

At last month’s annual TAIR conference in Austin, Linda Perez, information management liaison business analyst, was elected as treasurer for the organization. Formerly the TAIR newsletter editor, Perez will serve two terms and oversee organizational funds and financial operations, as well as help plan TAIR conferences.

“I’m looking forward to working with the other TAIR members as well as getting a behind-the-scenes look at what goes into planning and running the TAIR conferences,” she said.

Along with Perez, George González, director of the aSPIRE office, was also asked to present at this year’s TAIR conference. Presenting with Martha Oburn from Houston Community College, their presentation “Building Institutional Research Capacity: How Data Warehousing Can Help,” focused on how San Jacinto College was able to build its research office in order to further collect and analyze student and faculty data. “We are definitely at the forefront of what community colleges are doing in terms of establishing institutional research offices and informational systems,” he said.

Perez’s presentation, “Collaboration: Bridging the Gap,” served to define different communication strategies between coworkers, departments, supervisors, or any staff members in order to take more active listening roles in the workplace. “We received a lot of great feedback. There are so many other schools out there that have the same sort of miscommunications, so they were very open to the suggestions we brought forth,” said Perez.

In addition to the TAIR conference recognitions, the aSPIRE office has also recognized office manager, Patti Walling, for recently earning her certified educational office employee and advanced III option I certifications from the National Association of Educational Office Professionals. Walling is the only current San Jacinto College employee to hold both certifications. “I’m trying to help others to get certified because it’s such a great opportunity to get recognition and see all of the things you have done to earn these certifications,” said Walling.

“It’s all about having the right people in place,” said González. “By having such a collaborative group of people, it really helps administrators make data-informed decisions for the College.”