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, face-to-face national workshops, 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
The IPEDS Educator Cohort includes 30 trainers serving on two-year appointments.
What IPEDS Educators Do
All IPEDS Educators must attend a training
Being an IPEDS Educator has provided me with the opportunity to learn from a very diverse array of institution types and has helped me provide examples and ideas when interacting with workshop and online course participants. These experiences have also enhanced my work as an IPEDS State Coordinator with the public and private institutions in Mississippi.
-- Eric Atchison, Mississippi State Institutions of Higher Learning
Other IPEDS Educator Roles
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.
All IPEDS Educators will have the opportunity to attend a face-to-face workshop. Serving as an Assistant Instructor includes 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.
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
responsibilityto 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.
Experienced IPEDS Educators or those with particular expertise may be asked to serve as Curriculum Designers for
workshopor online content.
* Honorarium provided to participating IPEDS Educators, as well as travel costs, lodging, and meals when applicable.
The 2019-20 Call for IPEDS Educators is Closed
- The deadline for applications was 11:59 p.m. Eastern on April 1, 2019.
- Applicants will be notified of their status via email on Monday, May 6, 2019.
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 looks 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.