Statistics for University Administrators using R
Ever been asked for the margin of error on a percentage?
Or if your percentage is different from the benchmark?
Or if the percentage of student retention for this year is different from that for last year?
This one-day course provides participants with hands-on experience of analysing their own type of records and confidently interpreting numerical results for reports to committees, or for returns to the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Presentations, demonstrations and hands-on computer practicals will be based around the free statistical software R; see https://www.r-project.org/. Formulae are kept to a minimum; instead, we concentrate on results, their interpretation and reporting in plain language.
All training is online and will be delivered live between 09:00 and 17:30 (GMT). The delivery platform is Zoom, which may be freely accessed. Questions may be asked using Zoom's chat box. Note our online courses are delivered by a team of two presenters, meaning at least one presenter is always available to provide additional support. During presentations the team member who is not speaking can take questions in addition to the presenter.
Who Should Attend?
Administrators in educational establishments working in Policy and Planning units; those involved in interpreting student records and in reporting to committees; those involved in producing returns to the HESA. Anyone in these positions will benefit greatly from this course.
No previous experience of the R software is required.
How You Will Benefit
By the end of the course you will be familiar with basic statistical methods for making sound assessments. You will also be able to appreciate HESA guidelines on the statistical importance of your results.
What Do We Cover?
Practical work will be done in R.
The content of this course is identical to that of Statistics for University Administrators. The only difference is the R statistical software is used instead of Excel. R has two advantages:
Related Courses: This is part of a series of short courses for HE professionals working in administrative, planning and support roles: