As the world’s largest association serving institutional research and related fields, AIR provides an unparalleled collection of  professional publications to support excellence in the field and promote wise, data-informed decision making in the higher-education community. Whether published by AIR or available at a discounted cost to members through our exclusive publishing partnerships, these publications provide invaluable information to IR professionals.

eLibrary (Books & Professional Files)

The eLibrary is AIR's online portal for accessing and purchasing publications. The portal includes books and monographs authored by AIR members related to important topics in institutional research and assessment. In addition AIR's biannual publication, Professional Files, includes journal-length publications grounded in relevant literature that synthesize current issues, present new processes or models, or share practical applications related to institutional research. Some eLibrary content is exclusive to AIR members. They differ from articles published in traditional academic journals in that they address fundamental aspects of institutional research work and are less focused on theory and theoretical perspectives
Featured eLibrary Publications:
The Handbook of Institutional Research The Association for Institutional Research: The First 50 Years​​ Professional Files: Fall 2016​

Sponsored by AIR and published by Jossey-Bass, this work offers institutional researchers and all college and university administrators the most current and comprehensive overview of theory and practice in the field.


​This volume documents the history of AIR, the evolution of the profession of IR, and provides a methodology and template for capturing Association data in the future.

An Alternative Approach: Using Panels to Survey College Students

Mining Text Data: Making Sense of What Students Tell Us



Interested in being published? To submit a book, monograph, essay, whitepaper, or article, complete the Publications Proposal Form to submit your work for consideration. 


As a benefit of membership, AIR members receive substantial discounts on a variety of publications, including top journals in the field of IR, assessment, and higher education. Covering all aspects of institutional research, assessment, and related fields, these publications are essential resources for the IR profession. Access Journal Information