Junchao Zhang and Min Chen discuss IR work in China and reflect on their recent visit to the U.S.
A recent AIR survey explored whether members are up to date with FERPA. Among respondents, 45% indicated that understanding FERPA is essential to their work, and 40% indicated that some knowledge of FERPA is helpful. However, less than 40% of respondents reported high levels of comfort with FERPA. READ MORE and share your thoughts and questions.
A recent survey of AIR members explored awareness and knowledge of the new IPEDS HR categories. Forty-four percent of survey respondents reported that they are involved in their institutions’ conversions to the new IPEDS HR occupational categories, and 28% reported they are unaware of the new HR categories. READ MORE and share your thoughts and questions.
Cory Clasemann talks about how his inquisitive nature and background in broadcast journalism are natural fits for a career in institutional research.
A recent report by the Delta Cost Project highlights findings from a study of college spending and attrition, including the discovery that “roughly 20 percent of education and related spending in higher education results from attrition.” Of particular interest to IR professionals is the methodology offered to assign “institutional production costs to attrition” and related benchmarks. READ MORE and share your thoughts and questions.
Laura Saunders shares how she uses data in her role as a college president and emphasizes the importance of maintaining a broad perspective.
Natalie Snow reflects on the role of trust in institutional research and shares the IR moment that “just about made [her] lifetime."
Analytics is a growing part of higher education vernacular. Questions abound: What is it? How is it defined? Are IR professionals expected to be masters of analytics? Is it a buzzword or a way of doing business? In August 2012, the EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) issued a report entitled Analytics in Higher Education: Benefits, Barriers, Progress, and Recommendations. The report emphasizes that “analytics itself is not the end goal. Rather, analytics is a tool used in addressing strategic problems or questions.” READ MORE and share your thoughts and questions.
Chris Mullin discusses his work in the policy arena and highlights the importance of engaging in professional development throughout one’s career.
William Knight reflects on his career, shares what inspires him, and offers insight for new institutional research professionals.
What are your thoughts about the U.S. Department of Education's new Shopping Sheet
In his essay, The Future of Institutional Research: Business Intelligence, E. Rob Stirton encourages institutional researchers to look to leading businesses for techniques that can inform our practices in higher education. Readers are invited to join a conversation about the role of BI in the future of IR.
Dr. Mihir shares his experience at the recent National Data Institute and reflects on the role of institutional research in his personal journey.
AIR congratulates Stephen L. DesJardins, Mary Ann Coughlin, Patrick T. Terenzini, as well as Siew C. Ang, Stephanie Corliss, and Dawn Zimmaro. Our 2012 Award Winners were honored at the Forum for their accomplishments and their contributions to the Association and the field of institutional research.
Learn more about Julia M. Duckwall and the scholarship fund, now fully endowed, established in her name.
Learn more about AIR visiting scholar Shuguang Wei of Wuhan, China.
Dawn Geronimo Terkla describes what she enjoys about her role as an academic advisor and how it informs her work in institutional research.
In his essay, Finding a Seat at the Table, G.L. Donhardt advocates for change in the IR profession and calls for inclusion of chief IR officers at the highest levels of campus decision making. Readers are invited to join a conversation about what it means to find a seat at the executive tables on their campuses.
Cynthia B. Gray reflects on her role as an IPEDS Trainer and offers encouragement for new and seasoned IPEDS users.
In celebration of the release of The Association for Institutional Research: The First 50 Years, eAIR interviewed Gary Rice, Project Coordinator, and Mary Ann Coughlin, Co-Editor, to learn about the genesis and meaning of the project.
The Obama administration is proposing a new addition to the College Affordability and Transparency Center - The White House College Scorecard. Readers are invited to learn more and join a conversation about the instrument and its potential impact on IR.
Glenn Gabbard describes the work of a higher education resource center dedicated to social justice in a diverse democracy.
eAIR interviewed Andrew J. Mauk: What happens when a student affairs doctoral student completes an IR Certificate? He gets a job he loves!
Michael F. Middaugh, a former Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, reflects both on the roles of math classes and friendship throughout his career in IR.