AIR Courses Benefit Staff, Managers, and Institutions

In the past year, AIR introduced two new online courses: IPEDS Keyholder Essentials and IPEDS Keyholder Efficiencies. NSF Higher Education Public Use Data will launch in late summer 2017. AIR also launched a new course that features an online-only option and a hybrid option with online content followed by a two-day face-to-face seminar: A Holistic Approach to Institutional Research. Established in 2010, the online Data and Decisions Academy® offers a variety of relevant course material designed for community college IR professionals. These online and hybrid courses provide myriad opportunities for professional development: they are cost effective, fit within your hectic schedule, can be enjoyed in comfortable environments like your office or home, and provide knowledge and skills critical for career advancement. This article reviews several of the new and existing educational opportunities available to AIR members as well as those in the larger IR community.

IPEDS Keyholder Essentials: A Beginner’s Guide

Created for data providers with less than 9 months of experience as keyholders, this course covers basic concepts and definitions, such as what IPEDS is, components that make up an IPEDS submission, IPEDS requirements and your responsibilities as a Keyholder, and tips and tricks on how to complete accurate and timely IPEDS submissions

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IPEDS Keyholder Efficiencies: Reducing the Reporting Burden

Created for data providers with 10-24 months of experience, this course is designed to enhance your knowledge as an IPEDS Keyholder. The course introduces and expands upon concepts for IPEDS Keyholders, including cleaning data files, leveraging IPEDS data at your institution, reducing the burden of IPEDS reporting with process management and reporting, benchmarking data, and creating benchmarking reports.

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NSF Higher Education Public Use Data Course

In this course, participants explore well-known public use data sets sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES). By the end of this course, participants will understand NSF public use student and establishment survey metrics, use this data to answer research questions, and use NSF online tools to create tabular outputs. This course will launch in late summer 2017.

Surveys Explored

  • National Survey of College Graduates

  • Survey of Doctorate Recipients

  • Survey of Earned Doctorates

  • Higher Education Research and Development Survey

  • Federally Funded Research and Development Center Research and Development Survey

  • Survey of Graduate Students and Postdoctorates in Science and Engineering

A Holistic Approach to Institutional Research

This course provides a foundation for participants to meet and navigate the ever-growing demands for data and information in the current higher education landscape. In addition to the course content, a cohort model, mentor support, and group activities encourage active conversation among participants. The course is designed for IR professionals who have recently entered the field and individuals already engaged in IR work who desire a broader understanding of how IR fits into the larger context of higher education.

Core Lesson Topics

  • What it Means to Work in Institutional Research 

  • Transforming Data into Information for Decision Support

  • Data Management and Governance

  • Applied Research Design for IR

  • Data-Informed Decision Cultures

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Data and Decisions Academy®

The Data and Decisions Academy is a series of online, self-paced courses designed for community college IR professionals. These practitioner-focused courses are perfect for early career professionals in IR and related fields. With an investment of approximately 25 hours, participants can complete an entire course and obtain a broader knowledge base of IR competencies.

Courses Available

  • Foundations of Data Management 

  • Longitudinal Tracking for Institutional Research 

  • Foundational Statistics for Decision Support 

  • Introduction to Learning Outcomes 

  • Designing IR Research 

  • Overview of Survey Design 

  • Student Success Through the Lens of Data 

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AIR is dedicated to providing educational resources that support members and other professionals in the IR community as they grow their skills in IR. AIR helps higher education institutions effectively use institutional research – data, information, and analysis for decision support – in a rapidly changing environment. AIR provides resources, such as the courses detailed in this article, so that institutional researchers have the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties and functions of IR, including methods and tools.

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