AIR e-Library

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. The AIR eLibrary is a hub for members to view AIR publications and to access AIR-affiliated publications. 

Professional Files

Professional Files are published by AIR as a member benefit. Articles published in Professional File volumes are journal-length publications grounded in relevant literature that synthesize current issues, present new processes or models, or share practical applications related to institutional research. Recent issues, shown below, are available for member access. Older issues of Professional File and IR Applications are available for all users (members and non-members) in the archive.

Instructions for Authors

Authors are encouraged to submit journal-length publications (approximately 5,000-10,000 words, including figures, tables, and references) for consideration. All submissions undergo a blind peer-review process led by the Volunteer Coordinating Editor, Sharron Ronco. Authors may find the rubric used in the peer review process to be a helpful guide. Submissions may be emailed to publications@airweb.org in the form of Word documents; please include contact information for all authors.  

Professional Files Fall 2016
 

Professional Files Fall 2016

Professional Files Fall 2016

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Complete contents for volume (2 articles)

Published: 2016

Professional Files Fall 2016

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An Alternative Approach: Using Panels to Survey College Students
 

An Alternative Approach: Using Panels to Survey College Students

An Alternative Approach: Using Panels to Survey College Students

Authors:
Shimon A. Sarraf, Sarah Hurtado, Mark Houlemarde, and Xiaolin Wang

Published: 2016

Professional Files Fall 2016, #138

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Mining Text Data: Making Sense of What Students Tell Us
 

Mining Text Data: Making Sense of What Students Tell Us

Mining Text Data: Making Sense of What Students Tell Us

Authors:
John Zilvinskis and Greg V. Michalski

Published: 2016

Professional Files Fall 2016, #139

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Professional Files Spring 2015
 

Professional Files Spring 2015

Professional Files Spring 2015

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Complete contents for volume (2 articles)

Published: 2015

Professional Files Spring 2015

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Applications of Social Network Analysis in Institutional Research
 

Applications of Social Network Analysis in Institutional Research

Applications of Social Network Analysis in Institutional Research

Authors:
Ning Wang

Published: 2015

Professional Files Spring 2015, #136

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Two Heads are Better than One
 

Two Heads are Better than One

Two Heads are Better than One

Authors:
Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Jason Sullivan, and Joan M. Herbers

Published: 2015

Professional Files Spring, 2015, #137

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Professional Files Spring 2014 Volume
 

Professional Files Spring 2014 Volume

Professional Files Spring 2014 Volume

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Complete contents for volume (1 article)

Published: 2014

Pofessional Files Spring 2014

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Institutional Research and Athletics Reporting
 

Institutional Research and Athletics Reporting

Institutional Research and Athletics Reporting

Authors:
Kyle V. Sweitzer, Jennifer Hoffman, and David Horton Jr.

Published: 2014

Pofessional Files Spring 2014, #135

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Books and Monographs

AIR books and monographs are authored by members and represent topics in institutional research and assessment. They are available to view in electronic form. Some electronic content is open to all users (members and non-members) and some electronic content is available for members only. Note: PDFs are viewed and printed page-by-page.

Applications of Intermediate/Advanced Statistics in Institutional Research
 

Applications of Intermediate/Advanced Statistics in Institutional Research

Applications of Intermediate/Advanced Statistics in Institutional Research

Authors:
Mary Ann Coughlin (Editor)

Published: 2005 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

Multiple authors describe specific applications and techniques for institutional research that focus on the theory and application of intermediate and advanced statistics. (214 pages) ISBN# 882393-12-0

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Assessment of Chemistry
 

Assessment of Chemistry

Assessment of Chemistry

Authors:
John Ryan, Ted Clark, and Alexis Collier (Editors)

Published: 2010 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This volume has two primary motives: to enhance students' learning and success in chemistry and to share helpful insights and lessons with other chemistry faculty. The book provides detailed presentations and case studies that can be adapted for use in a variety of contexts. (199 pages) ISBN# 978-1-882393-19-0

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Assessment in Engineering Programs: Evolving Best Practices
 

Assessment in Engineering Programs: Evolving Best Practices

Assessment in Engineering Programs: Evolving Best Practices

Authors:
William E. Kelly (Editor)

Published: 2008 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This volume presents examples of sound assessment work achieved by combining national perspectives, program-level assessment plans, and practical advice for engineering faculty charged with measuring learning and skill development in the classroom. (212 pages) ISBN# 882393-16-9

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Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way (Issue 1)
 

Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way (Issue 1)

Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way (Issue 1)

Authors:
Kathryn D. Martell and Thomas G. Calderon (Editors)

Published: 2005 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

Issue 1 of 2. These works examine assessment methods in business disciplines and contain dozens of examples of learning objectives, methods, rubrics, and report templates. (246 pages) ISBN# 882393-14-7

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Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way (Issue 2)
 

Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way (Issue 2)

Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way (Issue 2)

Authors:
Kathryn D. Martell and Thomas G. Calderon (Editors)

Published: 2005 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

Issue 2 of 2. These works examine assessment methods in business disciplines and contain dozens of examples of learning objectives, methods, rubrics, and report templates. (226 pages) ISBN# 882393-13-9

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Assessment of Student Learning in College Mathematics: Towards Improved Programs and Courses
 

Assessment of Student Learning in College Mathematics: Towards Improved Programs and Courses

Assessment of Student Learning in College Mathematics: Towards Improved Programs and Courses

Authors:
Bernard L. Madison (Editor)

Published: 2006 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This work offers ten remarkably descriptive case studies in relation to assessing student learning in mathematics at nine U.S. universities. (181 pages) ISBN# 882393-15-5

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Assessment of Writing
 

Assessment of Writing

Assessment of Writing

Authors:
Marie C. Paretti and Katrina M. Powell (Editors)

Published: 2009 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

Addresses the changing times in writing across the curriculum (WAC) and the extensive use of electronic portfolios to assist with these efforts. The book points to increased collaboration among scholars from multiple disciplines as a common feature of the current philosophy in writing assessment. (218 pages) ISBN# 978-1-882393-18-3

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The Association for Institutional Research: The First 50 Years
 

The Association for Institutional Research: The First 50 Years

The Association for Institutional Research: The First 50 Years

Authors:
Gary Rice (Project Coordinator), Mary Ann Coughlin and Richard Howard (Co-Editors)

Published: 2011 (free publication)

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. (148 pages) ISBN# 1-882393-27-5

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Case Study Applications of Statistics in Institutional Research
 

Case Study Applications of Statistics in Institutional Research

Case Study Applications of Statistics in Institutional Research

Authors:
Mary Ann Coughlin and Marian Pagano

Published: 1997 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This monograph focuses on the application of statistical techniques to Institutional Research; theory, application, and interpretation are the main tenets. The ultimate goal of the authors is to enhance the researchers' knowledge and interpretation of their data through statistical analyses. (66 pages) ISBN # 1-882393-06-6

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Effective Reporting (1st Edition)
 

Effective Reporting (1st Edition)

Effective Reporting (1st Edition)

Authors:
By Trudy H. Bers with Jeffrey A. Seybert

Published: 1999 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

Effective Reporting is a step-by-step process that entails careful consideration of a variety of issues. While many issues can be anticipated and addressed at the outset of a project, often new issues arise as a project unfolds. (99 pages) ISBN # 1882393-08-2

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Effective Reporting (Second Edition)
 

Effective Reporting (Second Edition)

Effective Reporting (Second Edition)

Authors:
Liz Sanders and Joseph Filkins

Published: 2009 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

A short, user-friendly, comprehensive guide for institutional researchers. This monograph provides concise advice, checklist guides, and examples of representations of quantitative data. (65 pages) ISBN# 978-1-882393-17-6

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The Handbook of Institutional Research
 

The Handbook of Institutional Research

The Handbook of Institutional Research

Authors:
Richard D. Howard, Gerald W. McLaughlin, William E. Knight and Associates

Published: 2012 (mbr: see description, non-mbr: $100)

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. AIR members receive a 25% discount on all Wiley/Jossey-Bass books. (768 pages) ISBN# 978-0-470-60953-8

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Institutional Research: Decision Support in Higher Education
 

Institutional Research: Decision Support in Higher Education

Institutional Research: Decision Support in Higher Education

Authors:
Richard D. Howard (Editor)

Published: 2001 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This work outlines the IR profession and provides keys to effective institutional research. Topics include tools, theoretical framework, and the role of IR in higher education management. (222 pages) ISBN# 1-882393-09-0

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Leadership & Management in Institutional Research
 

Leadership & Management in Institutional Research

Leadership & Management in Institutional Research

Authors:
William E. Knight

Published: 2015 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This volume seeks to help improve the effectiveness of the IR office as well as IR leaders. (211 pages) ISBN# 978-1-882393-28-2

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Longitudinal Studies: Context, Measures, Construction and Tools
 

Longitudinal Studies: Context, Measures, Construction and Tools

Longitudinal Studies: Context, Measures, Construction and Tools

Authors:
John Milam

Published: 2012

This report looks at using a longitudinal data system and provides an introduction, context, and examples of longitudinal studies. The second part focuses on the technical aspects of a longitudinal data system, and includes construction of a longitudinal data system, methodological concerns, the technology of storage and display, and the different sources of data that may be included. (125 pages)

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People, Processes, and Managing Data (Second Edition)
 

People, Processes, and Managing Data (Second Edition)

People, Processes, and Managing Data (Second Edition)

Authors:
Gerald W. McLaughlin and Richard D. Howard (Editors)

Published: 2004 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This work presents ideas for creating a structured management process based on quality information and knowledge. (102 pages) ISBN# 882393-11-2

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The Primer for Institutional Research (1992)
 

The Primer for Institutional Research (1992)

The Primer for Institutional Research (1992)

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Edited by Meredith A. Whiteley, John D. Porter, and Robert H. Fenske

Published: 1992 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

The purpose of this book is to provide a "first view," or introduction, to the central issues, methods, and resources of the IR field. The goal was to create an easy-to-use tool for new institutional researchers and others interested in the field. The Primer should be a handy reference for more experienced institutional researchers as well. (139 pages) ISBN# 1-882393-01-5

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The Primer for Institutional Research
 

The Primer for Institutional Research

The Primer for Institutional Research

Authors:
William E. Knight (Editor)

Published: 2003 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

A must-have for the new IR professional, this basic text introduces the central issues, methods and resources in the field of IR. This volume includes critical contributions from key authors in the IR community. (161 pages) ISBN# 1-882393-10-4

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Questionnaire Survey Research: What Works (Second Edition)
 

Questionnaire Survey Research: What Works (Second Edition)

Questionnaire Survey Research: What Works (Second Edition)

Authors:
Linda A. Suskie

Published: 1996 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

A must-have reference for the IR office library, this guide outlines the basic steps of survey research designed for novice institutional researchers. (206 pages) ISBN# 1-882393-05-8

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Reference Sources: An Annotated Bibliography for Institutional Research
 

Reference Sources: An Annotated Bibliography for Institutional Research

Reference Sources: An Annotated Bibliography for Institutional Research

Authors:
Edited by William R. Fendley Jr. and Linda T. Seeloff

Published: 1993 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This bibliography provides a list of references, annotated where possible, for areas of concern to institutional researchers and planners. It is intended as a tool for meeting the challenges of obtaining useful, current information within given time constraints. (116 pages) ISBN # 1-882393-03-1

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Strategies for the Practice of Institutional Research: Concepts, Resources, and Application
 

Strategies for the Practice of Institutional Research: Concepts, Resources, and Application

Strategies for the Practice of Institutional Research: Concepts, Resources, and Application

Authors:
Michael F. Middaugh, Dale W. Trusheim, and Karen W. Bauer

Published: 1994 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

This book provides a conceptual and practical framework for the practice of data/information collection and analysis, and will be useful for chief executives, academic and administrative VPs, deans, directors, and any other individual interested in the effective collection and use of information to support institutional decision making and policy development. (124 pages) ISBN# 1-882393-04-6

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Using Mixed Methods in Institutional Research
 

Using Mixed Methods in Institutional Research

Using Mixed Methods in Institutional Research

Authors:
Richard D. Howard (Editor)

Published: 2007 (not available for purchase - available in PDF format only)

Five case studies demonstrate the use of mixed method approaches to planning and decision support. (119 pages) ISBN# 1-882393-16-3

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