AIR/PacAIR Co-hosted Workshop

Best Practices Training
February 3, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Honolulu, HI
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 Pacific Association for Institutional Research (PacAIR) are co-hosting an IPEDS Workshop for IPEDS Keyholders* in conjunction with the PacAIR 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.

  • Held on the Hawaii Tokai International College campus, 2241 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96826
  • Scheduled in conjunction with the PacAIR Conference
  • 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. Mary Ann Coughlin
Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Springfield College
Springfield, MA
Mary Ann Coughlin is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Across her tenure at Springfield College, Mary Ann has served in a variety of positions; serving as a faculty member, President of the Faculty Senate, and her current administrative position in Academic Affairs. Across these positions, she has supervised academic support services and provided leadership for outcomes assessment initiatives, academic progress reviews, and institutional research. Coughlin is a Past President of AIR and was awarded the 2012 AIR Outstanding Service Award. In addition to being well known within AIR for her training and workshops in the area of statistics, serving as a faculty member for the Foundations Institute and the Statistics Institute, she also contributes significantly to the development of training materials and resources on the use of data tools for IPEDS.
Dr. Kristina Cragg
Associate Vice President of Institutional Research
Ashford University
San Diego, CA
Kristina Cragg is Associate Vice President of Institutional Research at Ashford University. Kristina provides leadership for federal and state reporting, as well as internal data analyses. Her higher education experience includes working in multiple states for public institutions/organizations throughout the country focusing on student success, which complements her role as an IPEDS Trainer. Kristina contributes to the field of higher education through presentations and publications; she is the co-editor of Organization and Administration in 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