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.
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.
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 Programs and Events
Each spring, AIR hosts a four-day conference (AIR Forum) that annually brings together more than 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), AIR provides workshops and tutorials with step-by-step guidance in the use of IPEDS surveys and data tools.
Data & Decisions Academy courses provide self-paced, online professional development for institutional researchers. Academy courses build IR skills needed to support data-informed decision making.
eAIR is the Association's electronic newsletter, which is distributed to more than 6,000 subscribers each month. The world's longest-running electronic newsletter of its kind, eAIR 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.
Association for Institutional Research
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