Surveys

AIR conducts large- and small-scale surveys to take the pulse of the higher education community and explore current topics of interest to AIR members.  Methodologies range from tightly controlled surveys to quick collections of perceptions from convenience samples.  Follow the links for more information about each survey and to see the results. 

As data become available, we’ll be making data files available for AIR member downloads.  These data files will allow members to sort survey responses by institutions and/or other respondent demographics to use in their own benchmarks of other IR offices.

Have an idea for a survey? Please review the AIR Research Proposal Guidelines. 

2014 Forum Evaluation

Conducted June 5, 2014 to June 19, 2014. 1,799 Forum attendees were invited to evaluate their experiences at the 2014 Forum in Orlando. Results and More.

Impact of Business Intelligence on Institutional Research

Conducted April 22 – May 6, 2014. A random sample of 1,546 members were included in a study that explored the degree to which institutional research offices are involved in institutions’ definitions and use of key performance indicators and the selection and use of business intelligence software. The response rate was 35%. Results and More.  

Postsecondary Institution Ratings System (PIRS)

Conducted January 30 – February 11, 2014. A random sample of 513 members were surveyed about their awareness of and engagement with PIRS. Results were shared in the February 13, 2014 eAIR. Results and More.

IR Dashboards 

Conducted September 18-30, 2013. A random sample of 467 members were surveyed about their use of data dashboards. The response rate was 31%. Results were shared in the October 10, 2013 eAIR. Results and More.

2013 Forum Evaluation 

Conducted May 28 – June 7, 2013. 1,640 Forum attendees were invited to evaluate their experiences at the 2013 Forum in Long Beach. Results and More. 

Data Feedback Reports

Conducted September 4-9, 2013. A random sample of 497 members were surveyed about their familiarity with the IPEDS Data Feedback Reports (DFRs). The response rate was 23%. Results were shared in the September 12, 2013 eAIR. Results and More.

College Affordability and Transparency List 

Conducted July 3-9, 2013. A random sample of 159 AIR members were surveyed about their familiarity with the College Affordability and Transparency List. The response rate was 30%. Results were shared in the July 11, 2013 eAIR. Results and More.

The Quality of National Data: IR Professionals' Ratings

Conducted December 14, 2012 – January 4, 2013. A random sample of 490 AIR members were surveyed about the quality of 11 large-scale data sets often used in IR studies. The response rate was 30.8%. Results were shared in the May 9, 2013 eAIR. Results and More.

IR Professionals' Familiarity with FERPA

Conducted November 5-18, 2012. A random sample of 498 AIR members were surveyed about FERPA-related training and their comfort with FERPA. The response rate was 46%. Results were shared in the December 13, 2012 eAIR. Results and More.

IPEDS Human Resources Survey Component – New Occupational Categories

Conducted October 22-30, 2012. Results were shared in the November 15, 2012 eAIR. A recent survey of AIR members explored awareness and knowledge of the new IPEDS HR categories. Results and More. 

2012 Forum Evaluation

Conducted June 12-22, 2012. Results were shared in the July 26, 2012 eAIR. 1,752 Forum attendees were invited to evaluate their experiences at the 2012 Forum in New Orleans. Results and More.

IR Professionals' Work Patterns

Conducted May 9-15, 2012. A random sample of 576 AIR members responded about their work patterns, including telecommuting and the frequency with which they take work home with them on days they also work on campus. Results were shared in the May 24, 2012 eAIR. Results and More.

Whitehouse Scorecard

Conducted March 14 – March 21, 2012.  A random sample of 486 AIR members was surveyed about their awareness of the Whitehouse Scorecard initiative.  Results were shared in the March 29, 2012 eAIR.   Results and More.

Reading Electronic Publications

Conducted March 13 – March 21, 2012.  A random sample of 487 AIR members responded to their use of electronic publications in scholarly and leisurely reading.  Results were shared in the April 26, 2012 eAIR.  Results and More.