Over 800 institutional research professionals have completed at least one Data and Decisions Academy course, with over 70% completing two or more. Completers are located in 48 U.S. states and 12 countries around the world.

Data and Decisions Academy courses provide self-paced, online professional development for institutional researchers. Hosted by the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), Academy courses build institutional research (IR) skills needed to support data-informed decision making.

Initial funding for the Data and Decisions Academy was made possible by a $1.92 million grant from Lumina Foundation for Education.

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The Data and Decisions Academy is a series of online, self-paced courses designed for community college IR professionals. With an investment of approximately 25 hours, participants can
complete an entire course and obtain a broader
knowledge base of IR competencies.


Mentors are an integral part of the Data and Decisions Academy. They answer course-specific questions and provide feedback on completed exercises. Mentors are full-time institutional research professionals who understand the importance of practical, on-the-job training and are ready to help participants learn new skills.

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Phone: 850-385-4155
Email: academy@airweb.org


The Academy offers seven, mentor-supported courses. Each course includes a series of papers, videos, exercises, and assessments on each core topic. Courses require approximately 25 hours of study time over a seven-week period:

  1. Foundational Statistics for Decision Support

  2. Foundations of Data Management

  3. Designing IR Research

  4. Survey Design

  5. Learning Outcomes

  6. Longitudinal Tracking for IR

  7. Student Success Through the Lens
    of Data
    (Team-based course)

​2017 Course Dates:

May 1 - June 19
June 12 - July 31
July 5 - August 21
August 7 - September 25
September 4 - October 23
October 2 - November 20
November 6  - December 21


Each spring, the Academy invites presidents of 2-year institutions to nominate a staff member who can receive a scholarship for completion of two online, self-paced individual courses. Presidential Scholarships are specifically designed for early career professionals at 2-year institutions. 

Scholarships cover $600 toward two courses. The remaining institutional commitment is $800. 


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