Best Practices Training
March 26 and 27, 2014
Indianapolis, IN
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 26 and
7:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on March 27
Registration is Closed for this Workshop
Workshop seats are allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Indiana Association for Institutional Research (INAIR) are co-hosting an IPEDS Workshop for IPEDS Keyholders* in conjunction with the INAIR Conference 2014. Funding for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

The Best Practices for Reporting and Using IPEDS Data to Improve Office Efficiencies Workshop is designed for individuals who lead the IPEDS data submission cycle on their campus and have done so for at least one full reporting cycle. Using IPEDS as a focus, participants will:

-Learn IR best practices and technical efficiencies in data management through Excel (e.g., pivot tables, merging data, custom formulas, and filters);

-Examine multiple options for IPEDS submission (manual entry, .csv file upload, and XML);

-Learn how to use benchmarking data to address key institutional questions and needs.

Participants should have experience using the IPEDS Data Center to retrieve data and a working knowledge of Excel (e.g., how to create basic formulas and sort data). This workshop will not review IPEDS survey component submission instructions nor cover basic benchmarking concepts (though intermediate topics are covered).

*Note: This Workshop curriculum is intended for both officially designated IPEDS Keyholders as well as individuals that serve in a secondary (proxy Keyholder) role assisting the official IPEDS Keyholder in the data collection/entry process.

  • Held at the Westin Indianapolis; 50 South Capitol Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46204
  • Scheduled in conjunction with the INAIR Conference 2014
  • Includes six hours of instruction and workshop materials
  • No tuition charge to participants

Funding for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Dr. Amy Ballagh
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
Georgia Southern University
Statesboro, GA
Amy Ballagh is the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. Prior to joining the GSU staff in 2006, she spent seven years at Ogeechee Technical College, where she was a faculty member and the Director of Institutional Research and Evaluation. Her areas of expertise include assessment, strategic planning, financial management, and grant management. During her 13 years as a higher education administrator, she has used IPEDS data to conduct comparisons with peer institutions in order to make informed, strategic decisions on her campus.
Dr. Sonia Schaible-Brandon
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO
Sonia Schaible-Brandon is Director of Institutional Research and Assessment for Colorado Mesa University (Grand Junction, CO). In addition to serving as CMU's IPEDS Keyholder, Sonia is a member of CMU's reaccreditation steering committee and is a member of the faculty in criminal justice. Prior to assuming her current position in institutional research, Sonia was the research analyst for the Colorado Department of Higher Education where she programmed the state's first two statewide IPEDS uploads using SQL. Sonia has been an IPEDS Trainer since 2003 and regularly uses IPEDS data and tools to inform decisions at her institution.
This workshop is limited to 45 participants. Workshop seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seat confirmations are delivered via email on a rolling basis approximately 3 business days after an online seat registration is submitted.
Workshop registration components:
  • Contact and employment information
  • IPEDS Experience
  • Brief description of how the specific curriculum offered at the workshop will benefit you
  • Supervisor's Contact Information (for Workshop attendance acknowledgement communication)
  • Agreement to:
    • Bring a MAC or PC laptop with wireless capability and Microsoft Excel
    • Arrange and pay for travel and hotel as needed
    • Attend the entire workshop and complete the workshop evaluation
    • Notify AIR immediately if unable to attend the workshop  
Registration is closed for this workshop.
Note: If you have any special needs addressed by the American with Disabilities Act, please contact the IPEDS Workshop Team at 850-385-4155 x202 or e-mail
Phone: 850-385-4155 x202