Best Practices Training
March 24, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Charlotte/Concord, NC
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 North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (NCAIR) are co-hosting an IPEDS Workshop for IPEDS Keyholders* in conjunction with the 2014 NCAIR Conference. 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.


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

Mr. J. Keith Brown
Senior AIR Fellow
Cary, NC
Keith Brown retired from the North Carolina Community College System and state government on June 1, 2010 after 32 years of service. Currently Keith is working as a private consultant in the area of postsecondary education, with particular emphasis on data systems and data tools. Projects for which he is currently involved include serving as a member of the State Support Team (SST) for the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) grants program; facilitator of the Common Education Data Standards (CEDS) postsecondary stakeholders group; and Senior IPEDS Fellow for the Association of Institutional Research (AIR). He served as the IPEDS State Coordinator for the NC community colleges for 12 years and as an IPEDS Trainer for 10 years. Keith has been an active participant on numerous IPEDS Technical Review Panels for NCES.
Prior to joining the North Carolina Community College System Office, Keith was Dean of Special Projects and Research at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM). Included in the roles he served while at NCSSM were the State Director of the Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics Program and the Director of the Mathematics and Science Education Center at NCSSM. Mr. Brown has also served as faculty at the community college and the high school levels.
Dr. Braden Hosch
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Planning, Research, and Effectiveness
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY
Braden Hosch is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness at Stony Brook University where he leads all aspects of institutional research, helps shape policy and planning, and oversees institutional effectiveness efforts. Braden conducts large-scale national benchmarking for use at the institution and state-level using the IPEDS Data Center, with a special focus on constructing measures of institutional effectiveness, including financial metrics, and he contributes actively to state, regional, national and international efforts to advance quality and accountability in higher education. Prior to his position at Stony Brook, he served as the Chief Policy and Research Officer for the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, where he led accountability initiatives, helped shape policy for higher education, oversaw statewide data collections, and led higher education research operations and initiatives for the 17 Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (ConnSCU). Braden has held previous positions at Trinity College (DC), the University of South Carolina Aiken, Central Connecticut State University, and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education.
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