In Your Words: Why AIR Members Value the Forum

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More than 2,000 individuals engaged in the work of institutional research, assessment, and planning gathered at the 2014 AIR Forum in in Orlando May 27-30. Many conference participants offered comments about how they value Forum as part of the conference evaluation. 

This conference showcases creative ideas and innovative thinking. I really enjoy hearing what others are doing and how they are doing it. Thank you. 

I really enjoyed the sessions that shared practical knowledge and best practices. Good length of time and lots of options to choose from. Good conference! 

I am new to the IR field and my position of data analyst is new to the college. The Forum helped me better define what I should be doing. 

The presentations at the Forum were exceptional. It challenged me to think about my research interests and how institutional research could be used to benefit the population that I am interested in working with—American Indian students—who are often not represented in research. 

I liked that several presentations were focused on presenting and reporting complex information. Really, the keynote [Lee LeFever] was the best example of this. 

Networking with others and getting to hear some of the rich experiences other institutional researchers have had—some of them were eye-openers. 

All of the sessions I attended were outstanding. Continued focus on the quality of the sessions and the variety is what makes AIR so valuable for me. 

A summary of the 2014 Forum evaluation, including additional comments from conference participants, will be featured in an upcoming issue of eAIR. The AIR Executive Office is already hard at work planning the 2015 Forum. We look forward to seeing you in Denver,
May 25-29, 2015.