2012 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award Winners

AIR is pleased to announce that Gary R. Pike and Stephen R. Porter are the 2012 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award Winners.  

This award celebrates the papers presented at the AIR Forum that most clearly exemplify the standards of excellence established by the award’s namesake and make significant contributions to the field of institutional research and decision-making in higher education.  

Twenty authors shared their papers for consideration; all submissions were peer-reviewed. Reviewers recommended that two papers be recognized because they are both deserving of the award:   


NSSE Benchmarks and Institutional Outcomes: A Note on the Importance
of Considering the Intended Uses of a Measure in Validity Studies
by Gary R. Pike  






Self-Reported Learning Gains: A Theory and Test of College Student
Survey Response
by Stephen R. Porter 

Both articles have also been accepted for the Research in Higher Education Annual Forum Issue, which further celebrates these articles as outstanding contributions to institutional research. That issue of the journal will be released in March and will be available to all AIR members at no cost.