What is the Association for Institutional Research?

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is the world's largest association of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields. The organization provides educational resources, best practices, and professional development opportunities for more than 4,000 members. Its primary purpose is to support members in the process of collecting, analyzing, and converting data into information that supports decision-making in higher education. To learn more, visit About Us.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


 Future of the Field


A New Vision for Institutional Research: Change magazine article

Institutional Research Capacity: Foundations of Federal Data Quality: IHEP policy paper

National Survey of IR Offices

Statement of Aspirational Practice for IR: Advocating institution-wide use of data to improve student success.

IR Summit: IR on the national stage.


 IR in the Know


Winter 2016-17 Provisional Data Release and First Look Publication

On 10/12, NCES released IPEDS data collected during winter 2016-17, including the first release of Outcome Measures data...MORE

IR in the Know, an eAIR feature in AIR's electronic newsletter, provides updates on current and emerging issues related to data collection, analyses, and reporting. 


 Careers in IR


To explore current job opportunities in institutional research, visit AIR's Job Board. If you are interested in graduate courses related to institutional research, visit the Graduate Education section of the Careers page of this site.



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