AIR/NCAIR/SCAIR Co-hosted IPEDS Workshop


March 2, 2013
Charleston, SC
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Registration Deadline: January 17, 2013
Notifications Regarding Seat Availability and Travel Assistance (via email): Beginning January 24, 2013

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR), the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (NCAIR), and the South Carolina Association for Institutional Research (SCAIR), are co-hosting a one-day IPEDS Workshop for data providers and users in conjunction with the 2013 Joint NCAIR/SCAIR Conference.  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.
Please be advised: 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 a seat confirmation has been received via email on January 24, 2013.
If making a hotel reservation at the Francis Marion Hotel, please call 843-722-0600 and identify that you are with NCAIR/SCAIR to receive the contracted hotel room rates of $214.52 (including taxes).
The Francis Marion Hotel
387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403
*Funding for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Dr. Mary Ann Coughlin
Assistant Vice-President for Academic Affairs
Springfield College
Springfield, MA
Dr. Mary Ann Coughlin is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. She has served at the College since 1993, where she has attained the rank of Professor of Research and Statistics. Across her tenure at Springfield College, Mary Ann has served in a variety of positions; serving as a faculty member, President of the Faculty Senate, and her more recent administrative position in Academic Affairs. Across these positions, she has supervised academic support services and provided leadership for outcomes assessment initiatives, academic progress reviews, and the development of a data infrastructure for institutional research. Coughlin has also served as an institutional research consultant to many organizations.
Coughlin is a Past President of the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). In addition to being well known within AIR for her training and workshops in the area of statistics, serving as a faculty member for the Foundations Institute and the Statistics Institute, she has also contributed significantly to the development of training materials and resources on the use f data tools for the Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS). Mary Ann has been an active leader in the institutional research community as she is a Past President of the Northeast Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR) and was awarded the NEAIR Distinguished Service Award.
Dr. Kristina M. Cragg
Associate Vice President of Institutional Research
Ashford University
San Diego, CA
Kristina Cragg provides leadership and project management for institutional research and data-driven decision-making support for senior level administrators. She conducts research to better understand and improve student success. As an avid user of IPEDS, Dr. Cragg has combined IPEDS data with other NCES data; created an interactive tool for selecting peer institutions using IPEDS data; and developed institutional reports for data-driven decision-making using IPEDS data. Dr. Cragg is an active member of AIR. Her co-authored book entitled Organization and Administration in Higher Education was released in November 2012.
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 January 17, 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
Phone: 850-385-4155 x202.
Name Affiliation
Amyn Abduk-Khaliq Fayetteville State University
Jeffrey Babetz Charleston Southern University
Sandra Baker Belmont Abbey College
Kristen Balonek University of Rochester
Michelle Bodily Central Carolina Community College
Kevin Bray Midlands Technical College
Barbara Brown Cape Fear Community College
William Canuette James Sprunt Community College
Phyliss Chambers Greensboro College
Marcy Coffey Kershner Coker College
Janelle Crossgrove Hart Central Carolina Community College
Bob Davidson University of South Carolina-Beaufort
Jae Furman Duke University
Lewis Graham Morris College
Tracy Gunn Queens University of Charlotte
Tsehaye Habtom Central Piedmont Community College
Michael Hadley Methodist University
Blaine Hansen Lees-McRae College
Mary Heuser Belmont Abbey College
Marci Jackson South Piedmont Community College
Jae Kim Midlands Technical College
Carlton Larsen Tusculum College
Donald Lassiter Methodist University
William Lefevers Western Piedmont Community College
Virginia Moench Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute
Andrew Muller Williamsburg Technical College
Becky Mussat-Whitlow Winston-Salem State University
Matthew Peeler Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Letticia Ramlal Claflin University
Jeannette Rork Salem College
Juliane Santiago Mount Olive College
George Smeaton Landmark College
Angelo Sorrentino Ursinus College
Christina Stiles SC Technical College System
Torrie Thomas Jolei's Hair Institute
Wyatt Watson Arkansas Tech University
Alison Weston Rush University
Kameshia Williams Fortis College
Cathy Ziegler Appalachian State University