What’s on Your IR Agenda?

​One way to explore what’s on the minds of institutional researchers is to look at conference proposals. The AIR Forum always features a wide wordcloud.jpgrange of topics because IR is a broad field. For fun, we captured the first 10 of the 546 proposals submitted for the 2014 Forum to take the temperature of IR and anticipate topics of interest at the conference in Orlando.
  • Identifying and Implementing Metrics for Measuring Campus Health
  • Where are 2003 High School Graduates Seven Years Later?
  • Effects of Motivational Instruction on Low-Stakes Assessment Performance
  • Queens College and How it is Using the College Portrait
  • Selecting Institutional Peers, on Your Own or With Help
  • Roadblocks to Graduation
  • Student Behaviors in Relation to Majors and Impact on Graduation
  • Using Videos and Face-to-Face Trainings to Enhance Data Knowledge
  • IE Assessment Web Application: Characteristics and Benefits
  • Going Mobile! The Effects of Mobile Devices on Online Course Evaluations
Are there any surprises in this list? What are you thinking about? What’s on your current IR agenda? Please share your thoughts and questions below.
Best wishes to everyone who proposed sessions for the 2014 Forum in Orlando. All proposals are currently under review by AIR members, and results will be shared by February 1.


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Total Comments: 8
Mark posted on 11/14/2013 10:37 AM
An interesting list of topics that shows the many faces of the IR office. I bet you could pull the next 10 and have very little overlap with the first list.
Sally posted on 11/14/2013 11:43 AM
Quite a wide range of topics. Our recent move to online course evaluations makes the Going Mobile! one of special interest to me. Last year was my first AIR conference, and I'm looking forward to Orlando in May. It's nice to get a sneak peek at some of the possible session topics.
John posted on 11/14/2013 11:59 AM
Instructional Costs
Lori posted on 11/14/2013 12:33 PM
This is a great list, that covers a wide-range of topics. For me, the most interesting topic is the first, "Identifying and Implementing Metrics for Measuring Campus Health", as my organization is currently in the process of doing this very thing.

Another area of focus for us, as a four-year medical university whose mission is for our students to return to rural and medically under-served areas after their residency. So we will be taking the second topic on the IR Agenda list "Where are 2003 High School Graduates Seven Years Later?" and asking "Where are our DO School Graduates After Residency?"
Eric posted on 11/14/2013 3:00 PM
What an interesting conversation starter! I would like to learn more about measuring student progress in Completion by Design.
Jennifer posted on 11/15/2013 7:54 AM
All of these look interesting! I love that at every Forum there are opportunities for 'just in time' learning as new projects appear in our in-basket for which we need to prepare.
Jill posted on 11/19/2013 4:51 PM
A great reminder about the most important part of our jobs - the Students!
Lisa posted on 8/13/2015 12:45 PM
What software was used to generate the word usage chart?