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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Recent Volumes

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The AIR Professional File

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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

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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

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


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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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