AIR Quick Facts

AIR By the Numbers


  • 4,000+ members
  • 2,000+ attended the last Forum
  • 1,800+ institutions and organizations represented
  • 1,000 members volunteer each year

IR Community

  • 9,000+ subscribers to eAIR
  • 3,000+ visit the Job Board each week
  • 50 affiliated organizations

Formed in Michigan in 1966 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Association for Institutional Research (AIR) has grown to become the world's largest professional organization for institutional researchers. AIR's executive offices operate out of Tallahassee, Florida with a $6 million annual budget.


The primary purpose of the Association is to support its members in the process of facilitating quality, data-informed decisions for the enhancement of higher education. AIR is the premier source for IR education and professional development, and is a respected voice for its leadership in institutional research and data policy issues.

Leadership and Administration

AIR is governed by a 12-member volunteer board of directors elected by the membership that oversees the strategic and financial activities of the organization. Association operations are led by an Executive Director who manages a professional staff dedicated to advancing the profession and meeting member needs.

Events &

Initiatives & Affiliations

Newsletter & Publications

Annual Conference
Each year, AIR hosts a four-day conference (AIR Forum) that brings together IR professionals from around the world representing all sectors of higher education.

NCES Data Institute (NDI)
With support from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AIR operates the NCES Data Institute: Using IPEDS, Sample Surveys, and Federal Datasets to Support Research on Postsecondary Education. The Institute is an intensive introduction to NCES datasets and research methodologies.

IPEDS Workshops and Tutorials
AIR provides workshops and tutorials with step-by-step guidance in the use of IPEDS surveys and data tools.

Data & Decisions Academy
Data & Decisions Academy courses provide self-paced, online professional development for institutional researchers.

Improving and Transforming IR in Postsecondary Education
AIR was awarded a grant of $675,000 from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to undertake three key projects between 2014 and 2016 to build IR capacity in the United States:

These Interrelated projects were designed to respond to the ever-changing landscape of higher education.

Affiliated IR Organizations
AIR supports affiliated state, regional, and international IR organizations and higher-education associations that share AIR's mission of improving higher education through research and data-informed decision making.

eAIR, the Association's electronic newsletter, is the world's longest-running electronic newsletter of its kind. eAIR covers topics that include visual displays of data, technical tips, interviews, opinion pieces, and access to professional development tools.

AIR Professional File
The AIR Professional File, an online publication housed in the eLibrary, introduces new processes and models, and shares applied practical knowledge with institutional researchers.

Numerous AIR-published books and monographs are also available in the eLibrary.

Contact Info

Association for Institutional Research
1983 Centre Pointe Blvd., Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850.385.4155 (phone)
850.385.5180 (fax) (email)