2023 AIR Forum Cleveland, Ohio May 28 – June 2, 2023

Impact Sessions

Please note: All times are listed in U.S. Eastern Time Zone.

Tuesday Impact Sessions  

1:00–4:30 p.m. (included with AIR Forum registration) 

The 2023 AIR Forum officially begins on Tuesday, May 30 with a series of curated impact sessions focused on a wide range of emerging and important topics and issues with impact for everyone in higher education. These sessions are open to all registered AIR Forum attendees and are included in your regular AIR Forum registration. Impact sessions include lectures, panel presentations, and interactive discussions. Impact sessions are 90-minute sessions scheduled in two consecutive time blocks from 1:00–2:30 p.m. and 3:00–4:30 p.m.

Additional sessions are in development and will be added to this page later. Please check back for details and additional updates to the sessions listed below. 

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Find community by joining your higher education colleagues for a unique opportunity to network, share best practices, and learn from practical workshops and sessions led by the field's leading experts.


Equity, Collaboration, Big Institutional Issues and the Role of IR 

Higher Education is facing several large issues that are forcing us to rethink what we do and the way we do it. Demands for accountability from the public, declining enrollment, staff turnover, reduced budgets combined with social issues of justice, equity and human rights are changing the context of our work. Institutional research plays a significant role in addressing these issues from contextualizing the data to leading discussions and solution-oriented collaborations. Higher education cannot address these massive issues without the participation of institutional research, be it a Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness or an entry-level analyst. 

Ellen Peters (University of Puget Sound), Bethany Miller (Macalester College) 

How to Utilize Data to Become a Better Change Agent: A Case Study on FYE

Higher education must take notice and act on national discussions regarding college value and improved student success rates. Storytelling through data to improve the student experience can be used by institutions to change the narrative and create an undergraduate experience that will benefit all students. Think back to your first-year experience (FYE). How did it make you feel? How would you characterize it? Evidence-based best practices and foundational components that can be utilized and applied in the development of a comprehensive FYE will be synthesized. A case study will illustrate how to leverage data to elevate and inform the creation of a FYE, focusing on the process by which institutional research (IR) can become involved in developing a FYE. We will demonstrate how to engage others with data, advocate for students in transition, nudge second-order organizational change, and enhance student success and outcomes. Learn to be a better change agent! 

Kristin McKinley (Lawrence University), Jillian Kinzie (Indiana University Bloomington), Brent M. Drake (John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education) 

Hub, Spoke, Fabric? CDOs’ Perspectives on the Role of IR in Data Strategy

Chief Data Officers are becoming increasingly common on college campuses. As individuals tasked with developing and implementing a campuswide data strategy, CDOs have to rightfully understand the role of institutional research, and its place in the broader strategy. In order to fully realize the AIR/EDUCAUSE/NACUBO call to create “Change with Analytics”, finding the proper alignments and getting feedback from the IR community will be necessary for success. This session will discuss that very tension and highlight some lack of agreement among CDOs on this very issue. The goal is to help IR leaders and practitioners see their work in the context of a broader analytic strategy, and to begin a roadmap for CDOs facing a similar task on their own campuses. 

Brad Weiner (University of Colorado Boulder), Ravneet Chadna (University of Arizona), Olivia Kew-Fickus (Vanderbilt University), Benjamin Wiles (Clemson University), Katie Wilkinson (The University of Missouri) 

IPEDS Update 2023

This session provides a general update on the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), annual survey collected by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education. The following information will be presented: changes to the upcoming 2023-24 and 2024-25 collections, a brief overview of Research and Development, and a brief overview of major updates to IPEDS Tools and the IPEDS website. Note: an abbreviated encore presentation will be featured in the regular concurrent session line-up, as well as a separate session which focuses on the tools. 

Aida Ali Akreyi (National Center for Education Statistics)