Professional Development and Training

AIR provides resources, innovative practices, professional development opportunities, and training for AIR members and the higher education community, including professionals from IR, effectiveness, assessment, planning, and related fields.

AIR provides these professionals with learning opportunities that better equip them to meet the needs of data-informed decision making at their institutions. Whether online or face-to-face, in the office or at our annual conference, AIR's professional development and training opportunities provide outstanding return on investment for those working in IR and related fields and the institutions they represent.


Annual Conference

  • AIR Forum
    The AIR Forum is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals working in institutional research, assessment, planning, and related postsecondary education fields.
  • Pre-/Post-conference Education (AIR Forum)
    Pre/Post-conference educational opportunities provide expanded formats to accommodate boot camps, interactive workshops, and symposia pre/post-Forum.

Upcoming Webinars

  • Webinars 
    Subject matter experts provide insight into various aspects of IR, IE, Assessment, and related fields.


  • IPEDS Workshops
    Face-to-face training sessions for IPEDS data providers and users co-hosted by AIR and other higher education organizations and underwritten by the National Center for Education Statistics.
  • Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) Workshops
    Attend a virtual workshop for an intensive, short-term professional development experience. Increase your skills and ​knowledge related to the PDP.
  • Foundations Workshops
    These virtual workshops introduce skills needed for a strong data-informed decision culture and are packed with information considered to be the foundational knowledge in each area of concentration.

On-Demand Videos

  • Recorded Webinars
    Subject matter experts provide insight into various aspects of IR, IE, Assessment, and related fields.
  • IPEDS Video Tutorials
    These tutorials offer process overviews, as well as step-by-step guidance for completing the IPEDS surveys and using the IPEDS Data Tools to extract data.
  • PDP Video Tutorials
    These tutorials provide an overview of the PDP, offer basic functionality and dashboard insights, and culminate in case studies.
  • IPEDS Educator Web Conferences
    Throughout the year, presenters from various agencies offer timely and relevant information to IPEDS Educators regarding higher education data and how they relate to institutional decision making and policy discussions.​