The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the state of Michigan on February 7, 1966. In celebration, the 2015-2016 AIR membership year is devoted to developing a history web site to highlight documents, manuscripts, books, and pictures that have been collected by members throughout the years. Also featured are published projects that have been undertaken to document the influence and accomplishments of the association and its members.

We invite you to explore this site now, and return often, as additional content will be added throughout the 50th celebration year to ensure a lasting legacy of the association’s contribution to the field of IR and higher education. We also hope that you will contribute to this project by sharing memories, adding comments, and sending in pictures, papers, and other documents that help to build a shared history for current and future members of the association.

Member Features


Digital Time Capsule

The time capsule includes articles, reports, fact books, and other publications that highlight the contributions our members have made to AIR, their institutions, the field of IR, and higher education.


AIR Member Stories

Member stories about the impact that AIR has had on their professional careers.

Discover AIR's History - Specific Resources and Artifacts

Historic Documents

Foundational documents, examples of governance, and other association papers are collected here.

AIR Alerts

From 1997 to 2011, the AIR Alerts series presented timely and substantive information concerning data policy.

Papers, Books, and Manuscripts

Thanks to the efforts of members over the years, AIR has a rich collection of historic and seminal documents written by the members of the Association and leaders in the field.

Forum History

The first organized meeting of IR practitioners was held in 1961. In 1966, the first annual meeting of the Association for Institutional Research was held in Boston, May 2 - 5, 1966, with 257 in attendance.

Past Presidents

AIR is led by a board of directors elected from its membership. Through its leaders, AIR members have developed the organization's Constitution and Bylaws, which have established the foundation from which the Association is governed and managed.


Each year, AIR recognizes and celebrates members who have made extraordinary contributions to the success of the Association and the profession through their leadership, service, and scholarship.

Photo Gallery

View the history of the association through the eyes of members.