AIR/MAIR Co-hosted IPEDS Workshop

April 13, 2013
Jackson, MS
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: March 8, 2013
Notifications Regarding Seat Availability and Travel Assistance (via email): Beginning March 15, 2013



The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research (MAIR) are co-hosting a one-day IPEDS Workshop for data providers and users in conjunction with the MAIR 2013 Annual Meeting. Financial support for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
This workshop features these training modules:
IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness- Module 1 is designed for participants with little to no experience in the area of conducting benchmarking studies or with the IPEDS Data Center. This module introduces the fundamentals of creating benchmarks to measure institutional effectiveness. The module provides an overview of the types of comparison groups that can be constructed using IPEDS data, with examples of appropriate use. Participants will use actual data from the IPEDS Surveys, including the IPEDS Data Feedback Report and Executive Peer Tool. Exercises and resources will demonstrate processes to establish key performance indicators and identify variables to refine comparison groups.
IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness- Module 2 focuses on practical applications for using IPEDS data in an institutional effectiveness (accreditation) self-study. Participants will use enrollment data to create a benchmarking study, discuss specific research questions, and identify the types of comparison groups and key performance indicators that could address each. Participants will also learn how to extract and analyze data using the IPEDS Data Center. This module also presents useful techniques for effectively communicating data results to various constituencies.
Note: Participants are required to bring a MAC or PC laptop with wireless capability and Microsoft Excel.
  • IPEDS Workshop held at Table 100 (across the street from Holiday Inn Express, Flowood) – April 13, 2013
  • Scheduled in conjunction with the MAIR 2013 Annual Meeting
  • Includes six hours of instruction, workshop materials, breaks, and lunch
  • No tuition fee*
  • Travel assistance awards are available*
Note: Completion of the Workshop registration request process does not guarantee a confirmed Workshop seat. AIR recommends that individuals wait to finalize travel arrangements until after notifications have been sent via email on March 15, 2013.
If making a hotel reservation at the Holiday Inn Express-Flowood, please call 1-888-465-4329 and use the reservation code of "MAIR13" to receive the contracted hotel room rates of $112.07 (including taxes).
Holiday Inn Express-Flowood
112 Ridge Way
Flowood, MS 39232
1-888-465- 4329 
*Funding for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Dr. Sonia Schaible Brandon
Director of Institutional Research and Assessment
Colorado Mesa University
Grand Junction, CO
Sonia Brandon has served as the Director of Institutional Research at Colorado Mesa University formerly Mesa State College since 2004 and began her career in higher education in 2001. Prior to her current position, Sonia worked as the research analyst at the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.
Sonia was a member of the 2008 - 2009 Finance Webinar Development Team and also served on the 2008 - 2009 Technical Review Panel for the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) - implementation of institutional costs as well as calculators. Dr. Brandon has been involved in IPEDS reporting since 2001 and for the past eight years has served as a trainer for NCES on IPEDS reporting and the use of related tools such as the Peer Analysis System and the Dataset Cutting Tool. Recently, she has focused her trainings more specifically on the HEOA disclosure and reporting requirements and the implementation of race and ethnicity for IPEDS reporting.
Ms. Sandra L. Kinney
Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning
Louisiana Community & Technical College System
Baton Rouge, LA
Sandra Kinney is the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research and Planning for the Louisiana Community & Technical College System. Previously, Sandra was a Research Manager for the Technical College System of Georgia, an Assistant Director for Institutional Research and Planning at Clayton State College, and also worked as a research analyst and fundraiser in the Development Office for Visiting Nurse Health Systems. Sandra has over 18 years of institutional research experience in both public two-year and four-year colleges and is currently serving a three year term with the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (NPEC) and is a past president of the Georgia Association of Research, Planning and Quality. Sandra serves on several education boards for non-profit organizations in the Atlanta area. She has over 18 years of experience in IPEDS as both an IPEDS Keyholder and State Coordinator.
This workshop is limited to 40 participants. Should more than 40 people request to attend the workshop, preference will be given to IPEDS Keyholders and State Coordinators. Workshop participants may request up to $500 to offset the cost of travel. Online registration requests must be received by March 8, 2013.
Registration request components:
  • Contact and employment information
  • Brief description of your role at your institution and, if applicable, use of IPEDS data. (not required for Keyholders or System/State Coordinators)
  • Brief description of how the specific modules offered at the workshop will benefit you. (not required for Keyholders or System/State Coordinators)
  • Travel support request, if applicable (up to $500.00)
  • Agreement to:
    • Bring a MAC or PC laptop with wireless capability and Microsoft Excel
    • Arrange my own travel and hotel as needed
    • Attend the entire workshop and complete the workshop evaluation
IPEDS Workshops Travel Reimbursement Policies
Phone: 850-385-4155 x202.
Name Affiliation
La Reina Bates Rutgers University
Vanessa Bledsoe University of Southern Mississippi
Amelia Cappleman Itawamba Community College
Justin Chandler Delta State University
Jerold Davis The School of Visual Arts
David Fowler University of Mississippi Medical Center
Tiffany Gregory The University of Mississippi
George Guajardo The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
Thomas Haakenson Minneapolis College of Art and Design
Cheryl Hakel Rogers State University
Carolyn Higgins Jackson State University
James Johnson Traxlers School of Hair
Shannon Levitzke Lurleen B. Wallace Community College
Zhili Liang City University of New York
Rhonda Loper Delta State University
Esam Mohammad Butler Community College
Stephen Okoye Jackson State University
Diana Pruett East Mississippi Community College
Brian Quisenberry Birmingham-Southern College
David Rose Economic Development Partnership of Alabama
Laura Ryals East Central Community College
Steve Saffell Missouri Western State University
Craig-Ellis Sasser Northeast Mississippi Community College
Suzanne Simpson Delta State University
Heather Smith Hinds Community College
Kendall Traxler Traxlers School Of Hair
Annette Tyson University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Carolyn Warren Northwest Mississippi Community College
Sara Wedding Hinds Community College