to Oct 8

2019 Annual Forum

  • 2688 E 873rd Road Oglesby, IL 61348 United States (map)
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Forum Registration Is Now Open!

IAIR Annual Forum: Discovering Your Way to Data Informed Decision Making

Make your plans now to join us October 7-8 at Starved Rock State Park for inspiring Keynotes, pre-conference workshop, presentations by your peers, and networking opportunities to share your ideas with colleagues.

Submit a Proposal!

Consider presenting your work at the IAIR annual forum. The annual forum is the best place in the state to network with IR colleagues and share your best practices.

Click here to submit a proposal!

Forum Registration

The Forum fee is $250 (Regular) and $60 (Student). This includes lunch and dinner on Monday, October 7, breakfast on Tuesday, October 8, and snacks on both days. Vegetarian options will be available. Register now!

Click here to register!

Hotel Information

A block of rooms has been reserved at Starved Rock Lodge for $135 a night. Call 815-667-4211 (Extension 0). Ask for reservations and book under the “Southern Illinois University” block


Forum Questions: 

Nil Shah
I-AIR Forum Chair
Moraine Valley Community College  

Registration Questions:

Jackie Welch
SIU Carbondale, Conference and Scheduling Services

The 2019 IAIR forum will be held at one of the 7 Wonders of Illinois. Starved Rock Lodge & Conference Center is nestled amidst 2,600 acres of some of the most spectacular natural beauty in the Midwest.

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to Nov 15

2018 Annual Forum

  • Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Forum Registration Is Now Open!

Make plans now to join us November 14-15 in Champaign, IL for inspiring Keynotes, pre-conference workshop, presentations by your peers, and networking opportunities to share your ideas with colleagues.

Register by October 1, 2018 for the lowest conference rate! We’ll see you in Champaign!

The Evolution of IR: From One Office to One Organization

The IAIR 2018 Annual Forum be held November 14-15, 2018 at the Hawthorne Suites by Wyndham in Champaign, IL.  The 2018 I-AIR Forum Theme is “The Evolution of IR: From One Office to One Organization.”  The goal this year is to share information that any IR professional can incorporate at their office regardless of the type of institution.  We are anticipating another great conference and will be posting more information as it becomes available.


  • Mary Ann Coughlin, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Springfield College: Data Informed Decision Culture, Statement of Aspirational Practices -- How Can I Make a Difference.

  • Gianina Baker, Assistant Director National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment: From One Office to One Organization: Building a Narrative Via Evidence-Based Storytelling

Thanks to our sponsors!

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to Nov 9

2017 Annual Forum

  • NIU Naperville Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Back to Basics

The 2017 IAIR Forum theme is “Back to Basics.” We have a two-pronged approach to this year’s forum. Besides the invaluable networking that occurs at events like this, one goal is to make this year’s forum valuable to newcomers to the field and are looking for people to present on things like the following:

  • How to use pivot tables
  • Best practices for using IPEDS data
  • Enrollment forecasting in Excel
  • Design your first survey (or how to write a good survey question)
  • Creating dashboards with Access
  • How to benchmark your institution against peers
  • How to use student satisfaction data
  • How to select the right visualization (i.e. which chart/graph to use when)

The second goal will help those who have been in IR for several years. We will be looking to veterans in the field to present on some of these topics, but understand that some might also be interested in refreshing or learning new skills to expand their repertoire. We also welcome current research-based presentations.


    The cost to attend the forum is considerably lower than other professional development options.

    • Early bird (before September 30): $195
    • Regular registration (October 1 and after): $250
    • Student (anytime): $60
    • Refunds: Registrant initiated refunds for conference registration will be made, minus the $20 membership dues and a $15 handling fee ($35 total), if the request is received on or before September 30, 2017. Refunds after this date will be made at the discretion of the IAIR Steering Committee. Refund requests should be made by contacting conference program chair Debbie Kepple-Mamros via email at dj-kepple-mamros@wiu.edu.


    • Sponsor the Forum (vendors)
    • Submit a Proposal
    • Justify your need to attend the forum.
    • Register for the IAIR Forum (Registration fee includes annual IAIR Membership Dues. Click here to pay Membership Dues only)
    • Book a room 
    • Network with colleagues (suggested restaurants near the Forum location)

    Links and Files


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    to Nov 4

    2016 Annual Forum

    • NIU Naperville Conference Center (map)
    • Google Calendar ICS


    An IR State of Mind


    Forum Schedule 
    (*Rooms subject to change)

    This year’s conference theme is: An IR State of Mind.  So much of what we do involves interacting with various people at different levels within and outside our institutions requiring more skills than what we do at our desks. Having the right skill set can be daunting as it continuously challenges us as our institutions evolve, the demographics of our students change, and the economic/political forces place additional strain on our environment. An IR State of Mind is a unification of all of us that deal with these challenges in similar ways. Join us at the conference to share your triumphs and pitfalls in a safe place to so we can all improve our IR State of Mind!

    Keynote Speaker

    We are proud to announce this year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Mark Million!

    Dr. Mark David Milliron is an award-winning leader, author, speaker, and consultant, who works with universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, foundations, corporations, associations, and government agencies across the country and around the world. He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, a social-purpose corporation committed to using the best of data science and design thinking to help students learn well and finish strong on education pathways.

    Click here to listen to a recent NPR Marketplace segment that featured Civitas Learning.

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    to Oct 30

    2015 Annual Forum

    • Decatur Conference Center & Hotel (map)
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    IR Impact: How Institutional Research has positively impacted your institution.

    Schedule Overview


    6:00 pm - Welcome Reception


    8:00 am - Breakfast
    9:00 am - Forum Workshop
    12:00 pm - Lunch and Keynote
    1:45 pm - Breakout Sessions
    2:45 pm - Breakout Sessions
    3:30 pm - Break
    4:00 pm - Breakout Sessions
    6:30 pm - Dinner


    7:30 am - Breakfast and Business Meeting
    9:15 am - Breakout Sessions
    10:30 am - Break
    11:00 am - Breakout Sessions

    Call for Proposals:
    It's not too late to submit a proposal!

    This year’s conference theme is: IR Impact: How Institutional Research has positively impacted your institution. We will be focused on addressing how the work being done in IR offices has impacted our institutions. Additionally, strategies for items such as creating a need or demand for data, overcoming third party concerns, and how to move beyond simply delivering numbers are intrinsically tied to IR office impacting their institutions.  

    The winner of the best presentation will receive a travel stipend and is invited to present at the 2016 AIR Forum in New Orleans!


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