The Data Policy Advisory Group (DPAG) consists of 34 AIR members (listed at the bottom of this page), who work in IR or a related field at an institution or system office. Representing personal, organizational, and geographic diversity, this group will advise AIR and its partners on matters related to state and federal higher education data policy. This initiative is based on AIR’s continued work toward improved data-informed decision cultures to increase student success in higher education. The area below outlines what AIR can and cannot do in the higher education policy space, which informs the work of the Data Policy Advisory Group. Check back often for updates on the group's accomplishments.
Current AIR Work
- IHEP PostSec Data group – monthly meetings of organizations in the higher ed policy space; AIR is represented
- AIR and IHEP cohosted Data Policy Summits in 2017 and 2018 (with APLU and ACE)
- Conversations about data policy topics (e.g. FAFSA data)
- New Data Policy Advisory Group
- Work with other associations, groups to contribute the perspective of IR, campus data experts
- Advocate for policies, regulations, legislation that support improved data availability, infrastructure, metrics, transparency, etc.
- Provide technical assistance or educate legislators and legislative staff
- Educate members and stakeholders on the (potential) impact of policies, regulations, legislation
- Ask a legislator to vote for, against, or amend a specific bill through social media, letters, email, visits to legislative offices, etc.
- Mobilize AIR members or stakeholders to take a particular action for or against a specific bill or legislation
- Publicly support policy or legislative positions that do not reflect general agreement within the IR/data community.
Shama Akhtar, Bowie State University
Eric Atchison, Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning
Benoit Bernadel, Kennesaw State University
Rachel Boon, Iowa Board of Regents
Tongshan Chang, University of California Office of the President
Linda Clark, Central Connecticut State University
Cory Clasemann-Ryan, Ivy Tech Community College
Amanda Colligan, Bunker Hill Community College
Tasha Dannenbring, South Dakota Board of Regents
Linette Decarie, Boston University
Benji Djeukeng, Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing
Laura Fingerson, Capella University
Joan Graham, Rochester Institute of Technology
Kurt Gunnell, Western Governors University
Erika Hill, University of Utah
Erin Holmes, University of Alaska Anchorage
Matthew Hoolsema, Carnegie Mellon University
Casey Kerins, Bucks County Community College
Max Kwenda, Gonzaga University
Erez Lenchner, CUNY John Jay College
Jim Mello, Franciscan University of Steubenville
Bethany Miller, Cornell College
Molly O'Keefe, UNC-Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health
Tracy Pattok, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Rick Riccardi, Rider University
Jason Rivera, University of Bridgeport
Jason Simon, University of North Texas
Michael Smith, Portland State University
Brian Trzebiatowski, City Colleges of Chicago-Wilbur Wright College
Alex Wagner, Lesley University
Karen Webber, University of Georgia
Katie Zaback, Colorado Department of Higher Education
Members provided feedback this fall to both the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) Technical Review Panel and on a letter prepared by the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) on the proposed changes to Gainful Employment disclosure changes.
With feedback from AIR’s Data Policy Advisory Group, AIR and APLU drafted this letter to Diane Jones, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of the Department of Education on the January 2017 PTAC guidance about institutional use of student financial aid information for program evaluation and research.
Members provided feedback to a working group developing plans for student veteran data reporting to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Feedback was provided on proposed definitions to assist in reporting.
Members provided feedback on proposed updates to the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) via AIR’s seat on the Institute for Higher Education Policy’s PostSec Data Working Group.
Members provided feedback to assist with the June IPEDS Technical Review Panel (TRP) related to r
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