Become an ​IPEDS Educator

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 Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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 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 up to 30 trainers serving on two-year appointments.

Current IPEDS Educators

For more information, email Tinsley Smith at

What IPEDS Educators Do

All IPEDS Educators must attend a training session July 12–13, 2022, in Washington, D.C. (all travel costs, lodging, and meals are covered and Educators receive an honorarium for their participation)*. IPEDS Educators will learn from NCES staff about the latest changes to IPEDS and develop their skills with the various IPEDS data tools. IPEDS Educators will also hear from AIR staff and Lead IPEDS Instructors about AIR's training activities and resources.

*The 2022 meeting is being held virtually.

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

Being an IPEDS Educator has provided me with the opportunity to learn from a very diverse array of institution types which has helped me provide examples and ideas when interacting with workshop and online course participants. These experiences have enhanced my work as an IPEDS System Coordinator with institutions within the Arkansas State University System and as an IPEDS data user.
—Eric Atchison, Arkansas State University System


Eric Atchison

Ideal Applicants

The most competitive applicants are current or former IPEDS Keyholders and/or Coordinators who have years of experience submitting and using IPEDS data. When applying, check out these expert tips on how to position yourself for success as a potential IPEDS Educator.

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 Outcome Measures; and
  • Have experience working with IPEDS at for-profit, community college, and state systems.


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 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.
  • 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