With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) operates the National Data Institute: Using Federal Data to Support Research on Science, Engineering, and Postsecondary Education. The Institute is an intensive introduction to NSF and NCES datasets
and research methodologies using large-scale national data sources.
The Institute is open to:
- Institutional research professionals who wish to increase their knowledge of national datasets and skills for using such data in their IR role on campus
- Faculty and graduate students with research interests in science, engineering, or postsecondary education
- Staff from state and national associations with interests in science, engineering, or postsecondary education data sources
- Postsecondary education researchers from non-U.S. institutions (limited number of spaces available)*
Note: All participants must have basic knowledge of statistical methods and experience using statistical software packages (e.g., SPSS, SAS, STATA).
The Institute aims to achieve four major objectives:
- Stimulate interest in using national data to address research questions in institutional research, science and engineering, and postsecondary education
- Instruct participants in the methods of using national data to conduct analyses, with primary emphasis on the new web-based data analysis systems developed by NSF and NCES
- Enhance understanding about methodological and technological issues relevant to large-scale national data collection
- Foster collaboration between participants and NSF and NCES staff to improve future data collection and analysis
Fellowship selection is based on a brief application. The deadline for applications is March 21, 2013. Selection notifications will be announced on April 18, 2013.
The application components are outlined below.
- Contact information
- Statement of interest and applicant’s learning goals
- Statement of current research interests
- Self-assessment of statistical and research skills, and knowledge of NSF and NCES datasets
- Abbreviated curriculum vita
- Letter of support (required for graduate students not working full-time)
Applications must be submitted online. Assistance is available from the National Data Institute (NDI) Team at NationalDataInstitute@airweb.org
or 850-385-4155 x203.
*Funding from NSF and NCES is only available for individuals from U.S. postsecondary education institutions. In addition, one or two individuals from non-U.S. institutions may be accepted each year contingent on availability of AIR funding. The application is the same for individuals from U.S. and non-U.S. institutions.