Whether you are new to institutional research or an experienced professional, AIR’s course A Holistic Approach to Institutional Research is perfect for you. During this six-week online course, participants examine challenges and explore solutions
relevant in the rapidly changing field of IR through readings, discussions, exercises, and videos.
Do You Know Barbara?
In addition to readings and exercises, each week participants gain access to illustrated videos that follow Barbara, a Director of IR, and Mark, her new employee, as they consider what it means to be an institutional researcher in the current higher education landscape. Participants receive mentor support and engage in activities to encourage conversation about the topics Barbara and Mark explore in these unique videos.
Week 1 - What is a holistic approach to IR?
In Week 1, Barbara provides an overview of the course and you meet your cohort colleagues through the course discussion board.
Week 2 - What does it mean to be an IR professional?
In Week 2, Barbara shares her perspective and encourages Mark to develop his own understanding of the field and his role as an IR professional.
Week 3 - What is decision support?
In Week 3, Mark learns about the art of transforming data into actionable information that’s placed in appropriate contexts for relevant audiences.
Week 4 - How are data managed and governed?
In Week 4, Barbara and Mark discuss data as institutional assets and examine the concepts of data quality, security, privacy, and access.
Week 5 - What is research in institutional research?
In Week 5, Mark learns about the nuances of research and problem solving, and bolsters his understanding of the common lines of inquiry pursued in IR.
Week 6 - How does IR contribute to data-informed decision cultures?
In Week 6, Barbara and Mark explore the interaction between data literacy and data capacity at the institutional level.
Join Your New Colleagues
Once you complete the online course, join your cohort for a two-day interactive seminar where we continue to consider the field of IR with a truly holistic perspective. This mentor-led experience provides
Why Should I Attend the Seminar?
“Participation in the face-to-face seminar helped me find a very succinct way to grow my network, not just of people who are at institutions similar to mine, but also people who are at institutions of different sizes, offices that are different sizes, and from organizations that are not just colleges or universities.”
– Bethany Miller
“Meeting the people with whom I connected online face-to-face—to be able to share those discussions, learn from other people, hear from the speakers and the course leaders—was the most beneficial part of the program.”
– Stuart Terry
“I enjoyed the face-to-face aspect the most. Being in a room with colleagues from all over the country and different fields within IR was really helpful. It's comforting to hear from other people that they're going through some of the same challenges that I'm going through so I don't feel like I'm on my own. Just being able to talk to people in that intense two-day format was helpful.”
- Rebecca Osakwe