The AIR Professional File


Articles published in The AIR Professional File volumes are journal-length publications grounded in relevant literature that synthesize current issues, present new processes or models, or share practical applications related to institutional research. Recent issues are available for all users (members and non-members). Older issues of The AIR Professional File and IR Applications are available for member access in the archive (coming soon). Interested in submitting an article to The AIR Professional File? See Instructions for Authors for more information.


Recent Issues

Fall 2019 Volume

AIR Professional File Fall 2019

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Article 146 - Perception Isn’t Everything: The Reality of Class Size

Authors: Mark Umbricht, Kevin Stange

Article 147 - Enrollment Projection Using Markov Chains: Detecting Leaky Pipes and the Bulge in the Boa

Authors: Rex Gandy, Lynne Crosby, Andrew Luna, Daniel Kasper, Sherry Kendrick


Spring 2019 Volume

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Article 145 - From Data Crisis to Data-Centric 
Authors: Rebekah Anderson, Nichole Rip

Article 144 - University-Wide Assessment Days: The James Madison University Model
Authors: Dena A. Pastor, Kelly J. Foelber, Jessica N. Jacovidis, Keston H. Fulcher, Derek C. Sauder, and Paula D. Love

Summer 2017 Volume

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Article 143 - Constructing a Peer Institution: A New Peer Methodology
Authors: Steve Chatman

Article 142 - A Case Study to Examine Three Peer Grouping Methodologies
Authors: Mary Lou D’Allegro

Article 141 - Needle in a Haystack: Finding Learning Improvement in Assessment Reports
Authors: Keston H. Fulcher, Kristen L. Smith, Elizabeth R. H. Sanchez, Courtney B. Sanders

Article 140 - Institutional Data Quality and the Data Integrity Team
Authors: Katherine A. McGuire

Fall 2016 Volume

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Article 139 - Mining Text Data: Making Sense of What Students Tell Us
Authors: John Zilvinskis and Greg V. Michalski

Article 138 - An Alternative Approach: Using Panels to Survey College Students
Authors: Shimon A. Sarraf, Sarah Hurtado, Mark Houlemarde, and Xiaolin Wang

Spring 2015 Volume

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Article 137 - Two Heads are Better than One
Authors: Julie Carpenter-Hubin, Jason Sullivan, and Joan M. Herbers

Article 136 - Applications of Social Network Analysis in Institutional Research
Authors: Ning Wang

Spring 2014 Volume

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Article 135 - Institutional Research and Athletics Reporting
Authors: Kyle V. Sweitzer, Jennifer Hoffman, and David Horton Jr.

Spring 2013 Volume

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Article 131 - Programs for Engagement and Enhancement
Authors: Xinxing Anna Zan, Sang Won Yoon, Mohammad Khasawneh, and Krishnaswami Srihari

Article 130 - Alternative Estimates of the Reliability of College Grade Point Averages
Authors: Joe L. Saupe and Mardy T. Eimers

Article 129 - A Comparison Study of Return Ration-Based Academic Enrollment Forecasting Models
Authors: Xinxing Anna Zan, Sang Won Yoon, Mohammad Khasawneh, and Krishnaswami Srihari


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Instructions for Authors

Authors are encouraged to submit journal-length publications (approximately 5,000-10,000 words, including figures, tables, and references) for consideration. All submissions undergo a blind peer-review process led by the Volunteer Coordinating Editor, Sharron Ronco. Authors may find the rubric used in the peer review process to be a helpful guide. Submissions may be emailed to in the form of Word documents. Please include contact information for all authors.