Formed in Michigan in 1965 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) has grown to become the world's largest professional organization for institutional researchers. The association now serves more than 4,000 U.S. members and 160 international members from its executive offices in Tallahassee, Florida.
Purpose of AIR
The primary purpose of the Association is to support its members in the process of facilitating quality, data-informed decisions for the enhancement of higher education. AIR is the premier source of IR education and professional development, and is a respected voice for its leadership in institutional research and data policy issues.
AIR Leadership and Administration
AIR is governed by a 12-member volunteer board of directors elected by the membership that oversees the strategic and financial activities of the organization. Association operations are led by AIR Executive Director Randy Swing, Ph.D., who manages a staff of more than 20 professionals dedicated to advancing the profession and meeting member needs. The association administers an annual budget of more than $6 million.
Key AIR Programs and Events
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.
IPEDS Workshops and Tutorials
As the primary contractor for training related to the Integrated Post Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS) [link], AIR provides workshops and tutorials with step-by-step guidance in the use of IPEDS surveys and data tools.
With support from the Lumina Foundation for Education, AIR developed the Data and Decisions Academy [link], a series of self-paced, online professional-development courses for institutional researchers.
Key AIR Publications
e-AIR is the Association's electronic newsletter, which is distributed to more than 6,000 subscribers each month. The world's longest-running e-newsletter of its kind, e-AIR covers topics that include technical advice, book reviews, job postings and access to professional-development tools.
AIR Professional File and IR Applications
AIR Professional File and IR Applications are online publications that introduce new processes and models, and share applied practical knowledge with institutional researchers.
Research in Higher Education
Research in Higher Education is AIR's official peer-reviewed journal that aids higher-education professionals in making informed decisions and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of their institutions.
AIR supports affiliated state, regional, and international IR organizations and higher-education associations that share AIR's mission of improving higher education through research and data-informed decision making. Visit the Affiliated IR Organizations page for a complete list of affiliated organizations.
AIR Contact Info
Association for Institutional Research
1435 E. Piedmont Drive, Suite 211
Tallahassee, FL 32308