Thank You

July 2014

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Marlene ClappSam Michalowski, and Gary Moser.  

June 2014

  • Thank you to all of the Forum attendees who served as Secret Shoppers.

  • Special thanks to Edward Acquah, Noel Edge, Maha Hurayki Khlat, and Stefan Buettner for leading the International Caucus at the 2014 Forum.

  • Thank you to Christine Keller, Mary Sapp, and Dawn Terkla who were kind enough to meet with Reiko Yamada, Executive Director of Japanese Association of Higher Education Research, to discuss institutional research in Japan.

  • Thank you to Jennifer Brown, Qing Lin Mack, Cate Rowan, and Dawn Geronimo Terkla who met to discuss the role of IR in response to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault.

  • Thank you to Chris Mullin, Angela Bell, and David Troutman for their participation as panelists during the system office gathering and Jonathan Gagliardi, Rebecca Martin, and Jane Wellman for their help in coordinating the meeting.

  • Very special thanks to the following Board members whose term expired in May: Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Immediate Past President, Elizabeth Stanley, Board Secretary, Alice Simpkins, Board Parliamentarian, and Marne Einarson, Member at Large. Your service to the Board and the association were invaluable.

  • AIR thanks Forum Workshop Presenters, Speaker and Panel Session Facilitators, Discussion Group Facilitators, and Newcomers to Forum Breakfast Leaders. You can find the full list of names here.

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Dale Amburgey, Sharron Ronco, Natalie Solverson, and Steven White.

May 2014

  • Thank you to Scott Ginder from RTI who will lead the May IPEDS Trainers Web Conference.
  • Thank you to eAIR contributors: Erin Aselas, Erica Eckert, JJ Juszkiewicz, Terry McCamish, Tim Merrill, and Jessica Shedd.

April 2014

  • Many thanks to this quarter’s IR in the Know contributors Melodie Christal, Peggye Cohen, Carol Fuller, Teri Lyn Hinds, Christine Keller, and Zhao Yang.

  • A special thank you to Katie Zaback, Senior Policy Analyst, SHEEO, who lead the April IPEDS Trainers Web Conference, The Economic Value of Degrees: A National and State-Level Analysis.
  • Thank you to eAIR contributors: Ryan Cherland, Kristina Cragg, Bettina Hansel, Sally Mikel, Gary Moser, Barry Nagle, and Lee Sanders.

March 2014

  • The Executive Office would like to thank Nominations and Elections Committee members Julie Carpenter-HubinRachel BoonTimothy Chow, Fred Lillibridge, Jan Lyddon, Soon Merz, and Allison Walters for reviewing and certifying the 2014 AIR Election results. 

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors: Lee LeFever, Brandis Senecal, and Mike Tamada.

  • In 2013, 75 members provided reviews of a variety of material submitted to AIR Publications, including Professional File articles, opinion essays, book proposals, and surveys. Thank you to all peer reviewers for the thoughtful feedback your provide to authors

February 2014

  • AIR recognizes Christopher M. Mullin for his service as the 2012-2013 Coordinating Editor of Professional File. Chris successfully guided the transformation of Professional File to a biannual publication, and the Executive Office expresses great appreciation for his insight, thoughtful leadership, and commitment to authors and peer reviewers. Professional File has a long history as a stellar AIR Publication, and Chris’ contribution to the journal will help ensure its continued success. Thank you, Chris.

  • The Executive Office would like to thank Dr. Meihua Zhai and Dr. Karen Webber of the University of Georgia for spending the day with a delegation of visitors from Japan who were visiting the United States to learn more about IR practices in the US. In addition to visiting UGA, the group was scheduled to meet with various other institutions and organizations in Georgia and Florida. Unfortunately inclement weather prevented the group from attending those meetings. Special thanks to Mrs. Sandi Bramblett, of Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Susanna Baxter and Dr. Carrie Mata, of Georgia Independent College Association, Dr. Joe Marks, Dr. Susan Campbell-Loundsbury, and Dr. Joan Lord of the Southern Regional Education Board and Dr. Mary Sapp of the University of Miami for arranging time to meet with the delegates. We wish the weather would have cooperated.

Thank you to Reiko Yamada for connecting the delegates to AIR and allowing us to assist in scheduling time with institutions and organizations in the southeast.

  • Special thanks to Daniel Jones-White, Senior Analyst, Office of Institutional Research at the University of Minnesota who was the leader of the February IPEDS Trainers Web Conference.

  • Many thanks to Forum Program Committee members Gloria Crisp, Gerry Dizinno, Sandra Kinney, Ebenezer Kolajo, Sarah Luczyk, and Jessica Thornton for their assistance with session selection and programming for the 2014 Forum.

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Sherry Downing, Steve Graunke, Kevin Guidry, Braden Hosch, Cort Iverson, Christine Keller, Hans L’Orange, Tim Merrill, Patrick Perry, and Nancy Thomas.

January 2014

  • The Executive Office extends a big thank you to the Forum Program Committee: Gloria Crisp, Gerry Dizinno, Sandra Kinney, Ebenezer Kolajo, Sarah Luczyk, and Jessica Thornton.

  • A big thank you to the 2014 Duckwall and Delaney Scholarship Committee members: Jennifer Brown, Mary Ann Coughlin, Michelle Hall, and Marsha Krotseng

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Lee Allard, Eric Atchison, Bob Gonyea, Jeongeun Kim, Qing Mack, Alex McCormick, Kimberly Thompson, and Nikisha Williams.

  • AIR thanks John Barnshaw, Director, Higher Education Consortia at the University of Delaware, for leading the January IPEDS Trainers Web Conference with his presentation, Benchmarking Integrated Post-Secondary Education Data System (IPEDS)
    Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes to Improve Institutional Effectiveness. 

  • Thank you to IR in the Know contributors Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Zhao Yang, and Katie Zaback.

December 2013

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Dianne Bozeman, Mary Ann Coughlin, Barney Lentz, Fred Lillibridge, Eric Poirier, Tim Stanley, and Steven White.

November 2013  

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Melissa Baker, Cathan Coghlan, Logan Cross, Lisa Haynes, John Leonard, Terry McCamish, Lindsey McCarty, Andrew Morse, Barry Nagle, and Sinji Yang.

  • AIR recognizes Paul Umbach and Tricia Seifert for their service as Editor and Associate Editor of New Directions for Institutional Research (NDIR) from 2010 to 2013. Their thoughtful work with Issue Editors and authors is greatly appreciated. Through their leadership, many scholars were provided opportunities to explore IR-related topics and grow the literature in our field. Thank you, Paul and Tricia.

  • Thank you to Gigi Jones of NASFAA for leading the November IPEDS Conference Call.

October 2013

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Dale Amburgey, ​Rebecca Garland, and Kurt Slobodzian.

September 2013

  • It is with great appreciation that the Executive Office recognizes Gerry Dizinno’s service as the 2011-2013 Coordinating Editor of Resource Reviews. Over the past two years, Gerry provided leadership for eAIR and ensured that valuable resources are brought to readers’ attention through reviews authored by AIR members. Gerry’s willingness to scan the higher education landscape for resources of interest and his thoughtful feedback to authors reflect his continuing contributions to the Association and the field of IR. Thank you, Gerry.

  •  Thank you to eAIR IR in the Know contributors Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Zhao Yang, and Katie Zaback.

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Christina Butler, Benji Djeukeng, Cathy Horn, Jan Lyddon, Laura Mills, Omer Minhas, and Gary Pike.  

August 2013

  • Thank you to Jamie Isaac at RTI for leading the August IPEDS Trainers Web Conference. 
  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Toni BlumAngie Choi, Marlene Clapp, Tara Cope, and Steven White.

July 2013

  • The Executive Office extends a big thank you to two members of the Forum Local Support Committee: Maureen Plyman (and her father) for their work on the  detailed restaurant list for the Dinner Groups and Irene Graff for arranging and conducting a “Walking Tour of Rainbow Harbor.”

  • Many thanks also go to the California Assocation for Institutional Research (CAIR) for their assistance with the local restaurant map for the Program Book.  

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Mary Jo GeiseRigo Rincones-Gómez, Meg Sidle, and Pat Windham.

June 2013 

  • Success of this year’s annual Forum can be attributed to the hard work of the 637 presenters and 196 facilitators who participated. Thanks very much to you all.

  • The Executive Office extends a big thank you to the 922 people who participated in the Forum conference evaluation process. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the evaluation and submit it within the deadline.

  • Thank you to the members of the Forum Advisory Group who served as Secret Shoppers at the Forum.

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Diane Blum, Danielle Buehrer, Judith Eaton, Claire Goverts, Jeanne McAlister, and Laura Mills. 

  • Continued thanks to our IR in the Know contributors: Melodie Christal, Carol Fuller, Patricia Gregg, Christine Keller, Bruce Mentzer, and Zhao Yang. Special thanks to Sean McKitrick for volunteering to be the “Team Leader” for the June edition of IR in the Know

May 2013 

  • Thank you to the members of the New Directions in IR Editor Selection Committee: Mardy Eimers, Sharron Ronco, Tricia Seifert, and Jade Xu. Special thanks to Gary Pike for chairing the committee. 
  • Continued thanks to our IR in the Know contributors: Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Bruce Mentzer, and Zhao Yang.  Special thanks to Ellen Peters for volunteering to be the “Team Leader” for the May edition of IR in the Know. 
  • The AIR Board and Executive Office thank the AIR members who helped finalize the revised AIR Code of Ethics: Alice Simpkins, Rachel Boon, Youssouf Diallo, and John V. Moore.
  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Angela Henderson, Michelle Kiec, and Bob Schwartz.

April 2013 

  • The Executive Office would like to thank Jane Wellman from the National Association of System Heads and Teri Lyn Hinds, Darlena Jones, Marsha Krotseng, and Bobby Sharp for their help in developing a survey of system institutional research offices. 

  • Continued thanks to our IR in the Know contributors: Melodie Christal, Patricia Gregg, Christine Keller, Jim Lynch, Mary McLean-Scanlon, and Tom Martin.  Special thanks to Katie Zaback for volunteering to be the “Team Leader” for the April edition of IR in the Know.
  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Jan Botha, Stefan Buettner, Jonathan Fife, George Kuh, F. Mauricio Saavedra, Cameron Tilson, and Jinchun Yu. 

 March 2013

  • The Executive Office would like to thank Nominations and Elections Committee members Jennifer Brown, Rachel Boon, Michelle Hall, Fred Lillibridge, Qing Mack, Allison Walters, and Karen Webber for reviewing and certifying the 2013 AIR Election results. 

  • Continued thanks to our intrepid IR in the Know contributors:  Melodie Christal, Jeff Johnson, Christine Keller, and Zhao Yang. Special thanks to Susan Gracia for volunteering to be the “Team Leader” for the March edition of IR in the Know. 

  • Many thanks to Chris Mullin, from the American Association of Community Colleges, for leading the March IPEDS Trainers Web Conference. 

  • Special thanks to Forum Program Committee members Gloria Crisp, Katie DeBoer, Sandra Kinney, Ebenezer Kolajo, Jim Lenio, and Kimberly Thompson who recently reviewed the scheduling of educational sessions for the 2013 Forum. 

  • The Executive Office thanks those who participated in the review process for this year’s Research & Dissertation Grants. The panel has recommended 12 grants be funded for a total of $335,146.  (Because of the confidentiality of the panel, we can’t thank each person by name.)

  • Thank you to eAIR contributors Jim Fergerson, Sally Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, and Amanda Yale.

February 2013

  • Thank you to Ruth Hammond from The Chronicle of Higher Education for leading this month’s IPEDS Trainer Web conference. 

  • Many thanks to eAIR contributors Jim Fergerson and Pat Windham. 

  • Continued thanks to our IR in the Know contributors:  Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, and Ellen Peters.  Special thanks to Zhao Yang for volunteering to be the “Team Leader” for the February edition of IR in the Know. 

  • Special thanks to the proposal review volunteers who assisted with a second round of Forum proposal reviews. 

  • AIR Publications expresses great appreciation for the volunteers who served as blind reviewers of the 2012 Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award submissions.   

  • Thank you to Sandi Bramblett, Jennifer Brown, Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Glenn W. James, Christine Keller, Heather A. Kelly, and Ellen Peters for the wisdom they shared in this month’s Special Features column.

  • AIR surveys random samples of members on a wide variety of topics. In the past four months, 991 members have responded to surveys about data quality, AIR membership policies, the new eLibrary, and more. Thank you for your participation—your feedback is an integral component of the Association’s success.  

January 2013

  • The Executive Office thanks Forum Program Committee members Gloria Crisp, Katie DeBoer, Sandra Kinney, Ebenezer Kolajo, Jim Lenio, and Kimberly Thompson for traveling to Tallahassee to participate in the educational programming review for the 2013 Forum.

  • Special thanks to the members of the Pre-Forum Workshop Review Panel Michelle Appel, Kevin Calkins, Carolyn Gould, Paula Krist, Erez Lenchner, and Bridget Miller who provided guidance to the Executive Office in selecting workshops for Forum.

  • Thanks to Fred Lillibridge for his work to organize data collected from the IR Jobs Board for IR job descriptions.

  • Continued thanks to our IR in the Know contributors: Melodie Christal, Scott Jenkins, Jeff Johnson, Christine Keller, Sean McKitrick, Bruce Mentzer, Ellen Peters, Mary Sapp, and Katie Zaback. Special thanks to Marv Noltze for volunteering to be the “Team Leader” for the January edition of IR in the Know.

  • Thank you to Maureen Budetti who led the IPEDS Trainer Web Conference this month.
  • Big thanks to the following eAIR contributors:  Bryan J. Cook, Jarret S. Cummings, Wendell Hall, Michelle Kiec, Christopher M. Mullin, and Sue Powers.

  • AIR Publications continues to benefit from the contributions of numerous volunteers. Since July 2012, 65 members have served as blind reviewers of a variety of material, including book proposals, articles, essays, surveys, eAIR content, and Professional File submissions. Thanks to all of you for your time, commitment, and thoughtful feedback to authors. 

December 2012

  • Many thanks to the 351 AIR members who assisted with Forum proposal reviews.
  • As always, many thanks to our IR in the Know contributors: Melodie Christal, Becky Garambia, Jeff Johnson, Christine Keller, and Bruce Mentzer.

  • Big thanks to the following eAIR contributors: Christina Butler and Melanie Larson.

November 2012

  • The Executive Office thanks Ray Sizemore from CUPA-HR and Barbara Carroll from North Carolina State University for presenting at the November IPEDS Trainer Web Conference.

  • As always, many thanks to our IR in the Know contributors Melodie Christal and Christine Keller. 

  • Thank you to Baron Wolf for providing information on how the Kentucky Association for Institutional Research uses PayPal to accept credit card payments. 

  • Many thanks to all AIR members who participated in this year’s nominations process. Thanks to your efforts, we have 139 nominees for the position of Vice President, three Board positions, and three Nominations and Elections Committee positions.

  • Big thanks to the following eAIR contributors:  Meredith J.D. Adams, Cory Clasemann, Michelle Kiec, John Leonard, Gary Lowe, Laura Saunders, and Natalie Snow.
 
  October 2012
  • The AIR Board and Executive Office thank the AIR members who worked on a revision of the AIR Code of Ethics. They have presented their suggestions for changes to the Board, and the document will be presented to the members during this membership year. A big thank you goes to Alice Simpkins and Julie Carpenter-Hubin who served as Board liaisons, as well as to taskforce members Rachel Boon, Youssouf Diallo, John V. Moore, Kim Pearce, and Dawn Geronimo Terkla. 

  • Thank you to Alisa Cunningham, Vice President of Research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP). She will lead the October IPEDS Trainers Web Conference and discuss a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) project that IHEP is supporting, in which data are being used both for internal improvement and external dissemination. 

  • As always, many thanks to our IR in the Know contributors:  Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Ellen Peters, and Katie Zaback. 

  • AIR publications benefit from our many contributors, reviewers, and authors. Thanks to the following individuals for their recent contributions to eAIR:  Nathan J. Daun-Barnett, Jonathan Fife, Onecia Gibson, Gary Moser, James Posey, E. Rob Stirton, and Pat Windham.  

September 2012

  • The Executive Office thanks Teri Hinds, Dawn Kenney, Cel Johnson, Robert Johnstone, and Bobby Sharp for traveling to Tallahassee to participate in the Combined Institute curriculum planning.

  • Continued thanks to our valiant IR in the Know contributors Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Ellen Peters, and Katie Zaback. 

  • Special thanks to Archie Cubarrubia for serving as our expert presenter for the September IPEDS trainers conference call.   
August 2012  
  • Thank you to the members of the Ad Hoc Awards Committee for their recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Committee members are: Amy Ballagh, Trudy Bers, Kristina Cragg, Cherry Danielson, John Muffo, Deb Teeter, and Rob Toutkoushian.

  • Thank you to Jonathan D. Fife for contributing to Resource Reviews this month.
  • Continued thanks to our intrepid IR in the Know contributors Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Mary Sapp, and Katie Zaback. 

July 2012

  • Many thanks to the following individuals who presented at this year’s National Data Institute held in Alexandria, Va. from July 8 – 14.  Sam Barbett, Alli Bell, Robert Bell, Sharon Boivin, Mark Boroush, Jack Buckley, Elise Christopher, Steve Cohen, Deborah Collins, Bryan Cook, Sarah Crissey, Jaquelina Falkenheim, Mark Fiegener, Dan Heffron, Tracy Hunt-White, Jamie Isaac, John Jankowski, Cathee Johnson-Phillips, Kelly Kang, Christine Keller, Tara Lawley, Adrian McQueen, Chris Mullin, Jeri Mulrow, Kimberly Noonan, Steve Proudfoot, Emilda Rivers, Marilyn Seastrom, Jessica Shedd, Sean Simone, Ted Socha, Matthew Soldner, Jeff Strohl, Steve Wenck, Raymond Wolfe, and Mike Yamaner. 

  • Also, special thanks to those who presented at the IPEDS Train the Trainer training held July 12-14:  Amy Ballagh, Alli Bell, Keith Brown, Mary Ann Coughlin, Kristina Cragg, Cal Easterling, Cynthia Gray, Braden Hosch, Jamie Isaac, Christine Keller, Sandra Kinney, Tara Lawley, Colleen Lenihan, Jan Plotczyk, Sabrina Ratchford, Sonia Schaible-Brandon, and Kimberly Thompson. 

  • Our continued thanks to IR in the Know contributors Melodie Christal, Christine Keller and Alice Van Ommeren.

  • AIR Publications benefit from the contributions of numerous volunteers. Since January 2012, 44 people have served as reviewers of publication submissions, including book proposals, articles, essays, surveys, and eAIR Special Features and Resource Reviews: David Blair, Katherine Cermak, Marlene Clapp, Valerie Conley, Gloria Crisp, Jerome Dean, Gerry Dizinno, Karalynn Gau, Sheldon Gen, Meeta Goel, Jim Grasell, Daina Henry, D. Kaye Holman, Cathy Horn, Pat Inman, Chris Johnson, Kathi Ketcheson, Michelle Kiec, Bill Knight, Diby Kouadio, Ruth Kunkle, Mary Ann La Fleur, Tina Leimer, Jan Lyddon, Nalize Marais, Terry McCamish, Jack McDonald, Mark McGivern, Barbara McNeice-Stallard, John Milam, Mary Millikin, Godfrey Noe, Marv Noltze, Bill Nunez, Elayne Reiss, Gita Pitter, Ahmad Shaar, Meg Sidle, W. Scott Swail, Reuben Ternes, Ghenet Weldeslassie, Carmen Williams, Pat Windham, and Nilay Yildirim. Thank you for your time, insight, and feedback.

June 2012

  • The 2012 Forum was a big success.  AIR staff and members thank all of the volunteers who helped make it so.  Specifically we thank the members of the Program Committee, Pre-Forum Workshop Committee, Awards Committees, Best Poster Committee, Forum proposal reviewers, session presenters, and facilitators.  We could not have done it without you.

  • Volunteers work every day on AIR events and services, and 655 volunteered during the 2011-2012 membership year.  View the full list as originally recognized in the Forum program book.

  • The Executive Office also thanks the outgoing members of the Board of Directors, Mardy Eimers, Marty Fortner, Joseph Hoey and Jim Trainer, who were retired at the 2012 Forum after three or more years of service to the Association. 

  • The Executive Office thanks Fnu Mihir, John Leonard, Onecia Gibson, and Gayle Fink for their time in submitting Tech Tips for eAIR in the first half of 2012.  We also thank Marv Noltze, Catherine Horn, Margaret W. Sidle, Patricia Windham, and Julia S. McAdams for contributing to Resource Reviews in eAIR during that time.

  • Many thanks to Emily Dibble and Michael Williford for their input in planning the future institute for new IR professionals.  They join the 19 contributors we thanked in May.

  • Continued thanks to our IR in the Know contributors: Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Lesley McBain, Ellen Peters, Mary Sapp, and Katie Zaback. 

May 2012
  • Many thanks to the following members for their input in planning the future institute for new IR professionals: Rebecca Brodigan, Jessica Greene, Meeta Goel, Jeff Himmelberger, Teri Hinds, John Kalb, Joachim Knop, Tina Leimer, Nancy Ludwig, Qing Mack, Michael Moore, Bin Ning, Ellen Peters, Kimberly Puhala, Beth Reis, Heather Roscoe, David Rudden, John Ryan, and Christine Stroup-Benham

  • Continued thanks to our IR in the Know contributors: Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, and Katie Zaback.

  • The Executive Office staff thanks Michael Middaugh, Andrew Mauk, Cynthia Gray, Gary Rice, Mary Ann Coughlin, and Dawn Geronimo Terkla for their time when being interviewed for the Special Features section of eAIR earlier this year.

April 2012

  • Many thanks to Bob Schwartz of Florida State University and Scott Balog of Tallahassee Community College for hosting Saeko Kojima as she visited Tallahassee from Japan March 21-23.

  • Thank you to Dr. Richard Burnette of Florida State University and Dr. Kwadwo Owusu-Aduemiri of Florida A&M University for hosting Shuguang Wei, AIR Visiting Scholar, while he visited their respective campuses.

  • A very big thank you to Dr. Rob Toutkoushian and Dr. Rob Ploutz-Snyder for instructing our April webinars.

  • Special thanks to the following individuals for their work on the AIR History Book:  Gary Rice, Project Coordinator; Rich Howard, Editor; Mary Ann Coughlin, Co-Editor, and authors/contributors Bill Lasher, Dawn Geronimo Terkla, Peggye Cohen, Fred Lillibridge, and Meihua Zhai.

  • Thank you to Gerry McLaughlin for editing the IR Apps #33 publication and to Edward H.K. Acquah for authoring the article.

  • Thank you to the members who served on one of the AIR awards selection task forces this spring.  These members assisted in selecting the Suslow Award, Outstanding Member and Outstanding Service Awards and the Best Paper Award:  Lou Attinasi, Michael Barber, Alli Bell, Trudy Bers, Tom Bohannon, Sarah Carrigan, Stephen Chambers, Craig Clagett, Gloria Crisp, Ty Cruce, Leonard Goldfine, J.E. Gonzalez, Keith Guerin, Patricia Haeuser, Cel Johnson, Daniel Jones-White, Rick Kroc, Brian Lashley, Albertha Lawson, Hans L'Orange, Jan Lyddon, Chris Mullin, Bill Neal, Tom Nelson  Laird, Mitch Nesler, Mark Salisbury, Liz Sanders, Jeff Seybert, Jessica Shedd, Deb Teeter, Paul Umbach, Nick Valcik, Fred Volkwein, Melissa Welborn, Patricia Windham, and Chun-Mei Zhao.

  • The Executive Office thanks the National Data Institute Review panel members:  Baaska Anderson, Laura Blasi, Carson Byrd, Emily Calderon-Galdeano, David English, Sheldon Gen, Patti Hollifield, Neal Holly, Monica Kerrigan, Elissa Chin Lu, Kevin Shriner, Clint Stephens, Chaun Stores, Alexis Wesaw, Baron Wolf and Julia Yoo.

March 2012

  • The AIR Executive Office staff thanks those who participated in the review process for this year’s research & dissertation grants.  (We can’t thank you by name, since the panel is conducted anonymously.) In the end, 12 grants were awarded for a total of $345,882.
  • Thanks to Joanne Bashford, Christopher Coogan and Fred Lillibridge for presenting “Three Lenses for Evaluating Your AtD Participation" at the Achieving the Dream D.R.E.A.M conference in Dallas, Tex., in February.  We appreciate the time you took from your schedules to participate in the conference on behalf of the Data and Decisions® Academy.
  • Thank you to the Florida Association for Institutional Research (FAIR) for selecting Shuguang Wei, AIR Visiting Scholar, as a recipient of the 2012 FAIR Travel Grant.  Additional thanks to the Texas Association for Institutional Research (TAIR) for hosting Shuguang at this year’s TAIR conference in Corpus Christi.  And finally, thank you to Tongshan Chang for hosting Shuguang as he visited a variety of California universities. 
  • Continued thanks to Melodie Christal, Christine Keller and Patrick Rossol-Allison for their ongoing work with the IR in the Know feature.
  • Professional File #124 was crafted by R. Kim Craft, Joe G. Baker, Brent E. Myers and Abe Harraf with editorial assistance from Gerry McLaughlin.  Thank you!
  • The following individuals generously contributed to the Julia Duckwall Scholarship Fund between June and December 2011:  G.E. Anderson, Peggye Cohen, Ann Dickey, Marty Fortner, Charles Gilbert, Gary Graff, John Jacobsen, Jeff McLachlan, Donald Reichard, W.A.S. Smith, Douglas Stuart, Alan Sturtz, Risdon Westen and Patricia Windham. Thank you!

February 2012

  • Thank you, Mary Flagg, Doug Flor, Yao-Zhang Hill, Chris Johnson, Dawn Kenney, Linda Mallory, Laurie Heacock, and Bruce McCombThese members serve as mentors in our Data and Decisions® Academy courses.  They provide feedback to students in our six courses for beginning IR Officers and provide an incredible welcome to the field along with their content knowledge.

  • AIR’s IPEDS workshops touch hundreds of IR professionals and receive rave reviews from attendees.  This month a team began building a new workshop around efficiencies and best practices in reporting and using IPEDS data. Thank you, Sonia Brandon, Keith Brown, Mary Ann Coughlin, Kristina Cragg, Jennifer Dunseath, Brandon Gilliland, Cynthia Gray, Braden Hosch, Sandra Kinney, Yvonne Kirby, and Kimberly Thompson.

  • AIR’s IPEDS Trainers participated in our monthly training update conference call in February.  Thank you, Fred Volkwein, for serving as the webinar leader and thank you to the 60 AIR members who produce and deliver our IPEDS training.

January 2012

  •  eAIR Editor: Thank you to Gayle Fink for serving as eAIR Editor for the past 18 months. Gayle served as Associate Editor with Marne Einarson, Editor, from 2007 to 2010. Gayle then became Editor of eAIR in June of 2010. Throughout her term, she produced many Tech Tips and other features, accomplishing all tasks on time and with a high degree of quality. Gayle helped produce two volumes and 19 issues as eAIR Editor, contributing to the professional development of hundreds of institutional researchers. In the immediate future, Gayle will continue as Tech Tips Feature Editor.

  • IR In The Know Contributors:  Melodie Christal, Christine Keller, Ellen Peters, Patrick Rossol-Allison, Mary Sapp, Alice VanOmmeren, and Katie Zaback comb through announcements about new policies, research reports, web resources, and other points of interest to AIR members and organize them for each month’s eAIR.  Thank you for your work month after month to keep AIR members in the know!

  • Forum Program Committee Members:  Viktor Brenner, Katie DeBoer, Mary Harrington, Jim Lenio, Bill Sadler, and Kimberly Thompson spent three days in Tallahassee reviewing hundreds of Forum session proposals and reviews.  Their work shaped the program that Forum participants will experience in New Orleans.  They took on a huge task and mastered it beautifully.

  • Proposal Reviewers: While we can’t name them all in this space, over 270 AIR members reviewed Forum session proposals to make selections for the New Orleans Forum.  Their feedback and ratings will shape the learning experiences that participants will share at the Forum.  Thank you!

  • AIR Best Paper Committee:  Lou Attinasi, Michael Barber, Alli Bell, Sarah Carrigan, Stephen Chambers, Gloria Crisp, Ty Cruce, Leonard Goldfine, J. E. Gonzales, Patricia Haeuser, Daniel Jones-White, Rick Kroc, Brian Lashley, Tom Nelson Laird, Mark Salisbury, Nick Valcik, Melissa Welborn, and Chun-Mei Zhao read and reviewed all of the best paper submissions from last year’s Forum and selected the best of the best for an award from AIR that will be presented at the New Orleans Forum.

  • Reviewers for book proposals: Actually, we can’t name them because our peer review process is conducted anonymously.  Thank you to the eight members who gave advice about three proposed books.  The AIR staff knows who you are, and we thank you for your service.

  • Contributors to Resource Reviews: Thank you Patricia Windham and Julia McAdams for producing the first two Resource Reviews for the new eAIR. Reviews by members will be a standard feature going forward, with the bar set by Pat and Julia as the founding contributors.  We also thank Gerry Dizinno who is coordinating and leading this new activity.