The AIR Professional File

Articles published in the biannual 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 an institution’s data function, including institutional research and institutional effectiveness. 

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The AIR Professional File

Spring 2023 Volume

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Article 158: Does the Starting Point Matter? Analyzing Bachelor’s Degree Attainment for Adult Students by Institutional Type
Andrea Chambers, Hollie Daniels, John Dooris, Arlyn Y. Moreno Luna, and Sean Riordan

Article 159: How Do Hispanic-Serving Institutions Serve Latinx Students? A Panel Analysis of Institutional Characteristics and 6-Year Graduation Rates
Sooji Kim, Sarah Parsons, Kimberly Y. Franklin, Alyse Gray Parker

Article 160: Examining Factors That Influence BIPOC Students’ Enrollment in STEM Postsecondary Majors
Trang C. Tran, Jon Williams, Kyndra V. Middleton, Angela Clark-Taylor, and Christen Priddie 

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The AIR Professional File

Spring 2022 Volume

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Article 156: Generalizability Theory and Its Application to Institutional Research
Paul W. Sturgis, Leslie Marchand, M. David Miller, Wei Xu, and Analia Castiglioni

Article 157: Process Tracing for the Institutional Researcher
Haroon Atcha 

The AIR Professional File

Fall 2019 Volume

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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

Article 146: Perception Isn’t Everything: The Reality of Class Size
Authors: Mark Umbricht, Kevin Stange

The AIR Professional File

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

The AIR Professional File

Summer 2017 Volume

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

Article 142: A Case Study to Examine Three Peer Grouping Methodologies
Author: 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
Author: Katherine A. McGuire

The AIR Professional File

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

The AIR Professional File

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
Author: Ning Wang

The AIR Professional File

Spring 2014 Volume

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

The AIR Professional File

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


Iryna Muse

Iryna Muse, Editor

Iryna Muse currently serves as Assistant Vice Chancellor for System Analytics and Business Intelligence at the University of Alabama System (UAS). Prior to joining the UAS, Iryna worked in IR roles at Auburn University, Indiana University—Bloomington, and Indiana State University. Overall, she has over 18 years of experience in institutional research and has been a member of AIR since 2004. The area of specialization of Iryna’s Ph.D. program was research methodology; and she taught research methods and statistical analysis at both undergraduate and graduate levels. During her institutional research career, Iryna initiated numerous research projects for decision support. Some of these projects resulted in peer-reviewed and invited presentations and publications that emphasized appropriate statistical methods for institutional research data. Iryna received the AIR Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award on three different occasions. She has reviewed manuscripts for Research in Higher Education, AIR Professional File, American Educational Research Journal, Journal of Marketing for Higher Education, Universal Journal of Education and General Studies, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Social Forces, and Sociology of Education. Aside from her reviewer experiences, she served as a publication chair at the Indiana Association for Institutional Research. Iryna holds equivalents of Ph.D. and master’s degrees in Sociology from Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ukraine and was a recipient of fellowships from the Fulbright Junior Faculty Development Program and from the Democratic Education Project (Queen’s University, Canada).

Inger Bergom

Inger Bergom, Assistant Editor

Inger Bergom is an institutional researcher in the Boston area and has worked in higher education since 2007. Prior to her institutional research roles, she was Senior Researcher at the Institute for Democracy and Higher Education and taught organizational theory and practice in higher education at the graduate level. She also served as an evaluation consultant at several universities to support evaluations of NSF-funded grants. Inger earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Michigan, specializing in evaluation and assessment, learning and teaching, and faculty work. At U-M, she received training in research methods and survey design from the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) and served as a research assistant for several multi-university research projects including the Wabash National Study of Liberal Arts Education and a national study of engineering education. Inger has served on the eAIR editorial task force and the NEAIR grants committee, and her co-authored papers have been published in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and Journal of Engineering Education.

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 peer-review process led by the Editor. 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.