This initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, sought to better understand current IR capacity and help IR evolve to the next level of practice needed to address the future needs of higher education. Interrelated projects were designed to respond to the changing landscape of higher education and look for new ways to meet demand. This work, which took place between 2014 and 2016, documented the current state of IR through a National Survey of IR Offices and established a future-oriented vision of high-quality IR practices through creation of a Statement of Aspirational Practice for IR. A third, ongoing project involves development of a self-assessment instrument for IR excellence at the institutional level.
These projects benefitted greatly from guidance provided by a grant advisory board, which included Courtney Brown, Christine Keller, Jillian Kinzie, Bill Law, Libby Morris, Patrick Perry, Mary Ellen Petrisko, Tim Renick, Jim Trainer, Tom Weko, and Jane Wellman. AIR expresses great appreciation for the time and insight these individuals shared throughout the grant period.