IPEDS Educators

The 2017-18 Call for IPEDS Educators is Now Open

The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017. Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of April.

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Who Should Apply


The most competitive applicants are current or former IPEDS Keyholders and/or Coordinators who have a number of years of experience submitting and using IPEDS data.

AIR is looking for Educators who:

  • Are experienced in providing and/or using IPEDS data;
  • Can travel with an overnight stay one or two times a year; and
  • Agree to participate for one year (may renew for an additional year).

In addition, AIR has a specific interest in IPEDS professionals who:

  • Have expertise in specific survey component areas, such as Finance, Student Financial Aid, Human Resources, and Outcomes Measures; and
  • Have experience working with IPEDS at for-profit, community college, and state systems.

Program Overview

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) supports institutional researchers and the larger higher education community in the use of data for informed decision-making. Through a contract with RTI, funded by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), AIR produces IPEDS training opportunities, including video tutorials, 30 face-to-face national workshops annually, and online Keyholder courses.

To accomplish these tasks, AIR recruits experienced IPEDS users to develop and deliver a curriculum that takes a broad view of IPEDS data to assure the quality of the submission of these data and improve the skills of those using these data. The curriculum takes a holistic view of IPEDS tasks, including understanding the collection process, involving other stakeholders, assuring that data requirements and definitions are understood, creating various data reports, recognizing the varied needs of data consumers for institutional improvement, and online training on IPEDS data tools and survey component concepts.

The IPEDS Educator Cohort includes 30 trainers serving on two-year appointments.

What IPEDS Educators Do

All IPEDS Educators must attend a training session in July in Washington, DC (all travel costs, lodging, and meals are covered and Educators receive an honorarium for their participation). IPEDS Educators learn from NCES staff about the latest changes to IPEDS and develop their skills with the various IPEDS data tools. IPEDS Educators also hear from AIR staff and Lead IPEDS Instructors about AIR's training activities and resources.

IPEDS Educators participate in monthly web conferences that provide additional training throughout the academic year and actively engage with colleagues on the IPEDS listerv.

Other IPEDS Educator Roles

  • Tutorial Reviewers – Provide feedback on AIR online tutorials for the IPEDS survey components, tools, and resources.

  • Online Keyholder Course Mentors – Provide support for keyholders enrolled in one of two online courses. Courses are taken from the comfort of home or office and take approximately 10-12 hours to complete within a one-month period.

  • Assistant Instructors* – All IPEDS Educators will have the opportunity to attend a face-to-face workshop. Serving as an Assistant Instructorincludes helping with on-site logistics (for example, signing in participants), helping Lead Instructors assist participants during hands-on exercises, and may include presenting a small section of the workshop.

  • Lead Instructors* – Experienced IPEDS Educators with strong presentation skills and a broad IPEDS knowledge base may be selected to be Lead Instructors for face-to-face national workshops. Two Lead Instructors are assigned to each full-day workshop, with each having responsibility to present half of the day and to assist the other Lead Instructor for the other half of the day. Lead Instructors are selected for each workshop based on their familiarity with the group receiving the training and the topic of the workshop.

  • Curriculum Designers* – Experienced IPEDS Educators or those with particular expertise may be asked to serve as Curriculum Designers for workshop or online content.

* Honorarium provided to participating IPEDS Educators, as well as travel costs, lodging, and meals when applicable.

Current IPEDS Educators