AIR Annual Conference

The Association's annual conference, the AIR Forum, is the world’s largest gathering of higher-education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning and related postsecondary education fields. This four-day conference includes more than 450 presentations by colleagues representing all sectors of higher education and an exhibit hall featuring the latest tools and resources to support data use for decision making. Available exclusively to AIR members, the Forum presents a unique opportunity for networking with peers, sharing best practices and learning from practical workshops and plenary sessions led by the field's leading experts. The Forum is the “must attend” event for both seasoned and early-career professionals.
 
AIR members have access to program books and presentation materials from Past Forums. This extensive list is a significant resource for members seeking information on the wide variety of subjects presented at previous conferences.
 

2015 AIR FORUM

May 25-29, 2015 - Denver, CO

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
www.DenverConvention.com​

Host hotels: Hyatt Regency Denver & Grand Hyatt Denver
Group rate: $164 single/double

2016 AIR FORUM

​May 30 - June 3, 2016 - New Orleans, LA

​Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
www.neworleans.hyatt.com

2017 AIR FORUM

May 29 – June 2,  2017 - Washington, DC

Washington Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

2018 AIR FORUM

May 28 – June 1,  2018 - Orlando, FL

Rosen Shingle Creek
9939 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

2019 AIR FORUM

​May 27 – 31, 2019 - Denver, CO

Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202
www.DenverConvention.com​

2020 AIR FORUM

May 25 – 29, 2020 – New Orleans, LA

Hyatt Regency New Orleans
601 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70113
www.neworleans.hyatt.com

PREVIOUS CONFERENCES

Beginning with the 1961 Forum in Chicago, Ill., this event has been hosted in major cities across North America. Even though the annual conference theme has changed with the years, the Forum has maintained its timeliness, relevance, and prestige for more than five decades.

Below is a list of all 54 Forums, with each theme, location, and when available, a downloadable version of the Forum Program Book, the official guidebook for that year's event.
 

54 Years of the AIR Forum

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2014 Forum (54th Annual) 
MyForum: Where I Share, Network, Learn, Inspire, and Achieve
Orlando, FL 
Forum Program Book​ (PDF)
2013 Forum (53rd Annual) 
Defining and Refining IR
Long Beach, CA 
Forum Program Book​ (PDF)
2012 Forum (52nd Annual) 
Defining IR
New Orleans, LA 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2011 Forum (51st Annual) 
Passport to New Ideas and Better Decisions 
Toronto, Ontario 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2010 Forum (50th Annual) 
Charting Our Future in Higher Education 
Chicago, Illinois 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2009 Forum (49th Annual) 
World Class Institutional Research 
Atlanta, Georgia 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2008 Forum (48th Annual) 
Adapting to Meet New Challenges 
Seattle, Washington 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2007 Forum (47th Annual) 
Choice/Chance: Driving Change in Higher Education 
Kansas City, Missouri 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2006 Forum (46th Annual) 
Effectiveness Through Diversity 
Chicago, Illinois 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2005 Forum (45th Annual) 
Mission: Improve Higher Education 
San Diego, California 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2004 Forum (44th Annual) 
The Information Revolution: Bridging The Past To The Future 
Boston, Massachusetts 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2003 Forum (43rd Annual) 
Changing our Attitudes - Expanding our Latitudes 
Tampa, Florida 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2002 Forum (42nd Annual) 
Exploring New Frontiers 
Toronto, Canada 
Forum Program Book (PDF)
2001 Forum (41st Annual) 
The Odyssey Begins 
Long Beach, California
2000 Forum (40th Annual) 
Information for the Next 100 Years 
Cincinnati, Ohio
1999 Forum (39th Annual) 
Cooperation & Collaboration: Building a Seamless Educational Process 
Seattle, Washington
1998 Forum (38th Annual) 
Navigating Beyond The Next Horizon 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1997 Forum (37th Annual) 
Performance Indicators: Defining Measures that Matter 
Orlando, Florida
1996 Forum (36th Annual) 
Institutional Research—Rising to the Challenge 
Albuquerque, Mew Mexico
1995 Forum (35th Annual) 
Delivering the Message....Revolution is in The AIR!!!! 
Boston, Massachusetts
1994 Forum (34th Annual) 
Information Architects for the New Century 
New Orleans, Lousiana
1993 Forum (33rd Annual) 
Higher Education at the Crossroads 
Chicago, Illinois
1992 Forum (32nd Annual) 
Education: The Global Perspective 
Atlanta, Georgia
1991 Forum (31st Annual) 
Building Bridges for the Twenty-First Century 
San Francisco, California
1990 Forum (30th Annual) 
Institutional Research--Coming of Age 
Louisville, Kentucky
1989 Forum (29th Annual) 
Higher Education and the Future: Initiatives for Institutional Research 
Baltimore, Maryland
1988 Forum (28th Annual) 
Promoting Quality through Leadership 
Phoenix, Ariza
1987 Forum (27th Annual) 
Managing Education Better: Technology and Tomorrow 
Kansas City, Missouri
1986 Forum (26th Annual) 
Expanding Roles: New Directions and New Expectations 
Orlando, Florida
1985 Forum (25th Annual) 
Promoting Excellence through Information and Technology 
Portland, Oregon
1984 Forum (24th Annual) 
The Revolution in Administrative Roles in Higher Education 
Ft. Worth, Texas
1983 Forum (23rd Annual) 
Integrating Human Resources and Technology 
Toronto, Canada
1982 Forum (22nd Annual) 
Responding to Qualitative and Political Issues 
Denver, Colorado
1981 Forum (21st Annual) 
Toward 2001: The Institutional Research Perspective 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1980 Forum (20th Annual) 
Meeting the Challenges of the Eighties: Redirection of Resources for Renewal 
Atlanta, Georgia
1979 Forum (19th Annual) 
Issues for the Eighties 
San Diego, California
1978 Forum (18th Annual) 
Balancing Needs and Resources 
Houston, Texas
1977 Forum (17th Annual) 
Research and Planning for Higher Education 
Montreal, Canada
1976 Forum (16th Annual) 
Conflicting Pressures in Postsecondary Education 
Los Angeles, California
1975 Forum (15th Annual) 
Information for Decisions in Postsecondary Education 
St. Louis, Missouri
1974 Forum (14th Annual) 
Public Policy: Issues and Analyses 
Washington, D.C.
1973 Forum (13th Annual) 
Tomorrow’s Imperatives Today 
Vancouver, British Columbia
1972 Forum (12th Annual) 
Reformation and Reallocation in Higher Education 
Miami Beach, Florida
1971 Forum (11th Annual) 
Institutional Research and Institutional Policy Formulation 
Denver, Colorado
1970 Forum (10th Annual) 
Institutional Research and Communications in Higher Education 
New Orleans, Louisiana
1969 Forum (9th Annual) 
The Challenge and Response of Institutional Research 
Chicago, Illinois
1968 Forum (8th Annual) 
Institutional Research and Academic Outcomes 
San Francisco, California
1967 Forum (7th Annual) 
The Instructional Process and Institutional Research 
Athens, Georgia
1966 Forum (6th Annual) 
Research on Academic Input 
Boston, Massachusetts
1965 Forum (5th Annual) 
Design and Methodology in Institutional Research 
Stony Brook , New York
1964 Forum (4th Annual) 
A Conceptual Framework for Institutional Research 
Minneapolis, Minnesota
1963 Forum (3rd Annual) 
The Role of Institutional Research in Planning 
Detroit, Michigan
1962 (2nd Annual) 
Chicago, Illinois
1961 (First National Institutional Research Forum) 
Chicago, Illinois​

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