About AIR

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) supports higher education professionals in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication of data, and the strategic use of information for effective decision making and planning. AIR provides resources, innovative practices, and professional development opportunities for AIR members and the higher education community, including professionals from institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning, and related fields.​    

The field of institutional research (IR) is over 50 years old and is embedded in nearly every college and university in the United States and many others around the world. Often working behind the scenes, IR professionals support campus leaders and policy makers in wise planning, programming, and fiscal decisions covering a broad range of institutional responsibilities. These areas can include research support to senior academic leaders, admissions, financial aid, curriculum, enrollment management, staffing, student life, finance, facilities, athletics, alumni relations and many others.

In addition to providing the data-informed foundation for good decision making, institutional researchers use the data they collect for governmental reporting and to benchmark their results against similar institutions.

In short, most of the important decisions made on campuses regarding an institution's most vital programs and responsibilities are based on analytics produced by IR professionals. AIR makes sure these professionals are fully equipped to perform their jobs at the highest levels.

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