IPEDS Workshop
August 1, 2014
8:45 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Round Rock, TX
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 Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) are co-hosting an IPEDS Workshop for data providers and users. Funding for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

This workshop features these training modules:

IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution raises the level of awareness among higher education professionals about the importance of accuracy and consistency in data reported to IPEDS. Examples of real IPEDS data used in the public domain will be incorporated, enabling participants to understand how IPEDS data are used by governmental and non-governmental entities. This module includes presentations, discussions, exercises and demonstrations utilizing IPEDS data tools and resources.

IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness is designed for participants with little to no experience in the area of conducting benchmarking studies or with the IPEDS Data Center. This module introduces the fundamentals of creating benchmarks to measure institutional effectiveness. The module provides an overview of the types of comparison groups that can be constructed using IPEDS data, with examples of appropriate use. Participants will use actual data from the IPEDS Surveys, Data Feedback Reports, and the Data Center. Exercises and resources will demonstrate processes to establish key performance indicators and identify variables to refine comparison groups.


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

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.
Ms. Kimberly A. Thompson
Director of Institutional Research
University of the Rockies
Denver, CO
Kimberly Thompson is Director of Institutional Research at University of the Rockies. Kimberly’s experience includes positions at the state coordinating board level, system level, and at the college level working at a community college and several universities in both the public and private sector. Kimberly has been an IPEDS Trainer for 11 years and has provided face-to-face training, developed training content on both the data collection system and the data tools, and has participated in training evaluation/assessment activities. She has an extensive background in the use of IPEDS tools to inform institutional decision-making. She has also served on numerous IPEDS Technical Review Panels.
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