First met in Chicago, 1965with 50 professionals
Association for Institutional Research (AIR)(founded in 1965)
Common Data Set
Set of definitions established to create agreed upon survey data (nobody collects) in response to varied and multiple definitions of data set requests to institutions.
IPEDS
Integrated Postsecondary Education Data SystemUnit of analysis is the InstitutionSampling frame
NPSAS
National Postsecondary Student Aid SurveyDrawn sample to represent students at grad andundergrad level regardless of financial aid award. 
BPSLS
Beginning Postsecondary Student Longitudinal StudyCyclical drawing of “oversample” from NPSAS.Unit of analysis is the student.

BandB
Baccalaureate and BeyondUnit of analysis is the student.
NCES
the primary Federal agency responsible for the collection, analysis and reporting of data related to education in the United States.
US Dept of Education
Home to the National Center for Education Studies.Manages the Insitute of Educational Sciences created in 2002 out of the Education Science Reform Act.
IES
Institute for Education Sciences.

Mission to provide rigorous evidence on which to ground education practice and policy; accomplished through work of four centers.

Four Centers of IES
EvaluationResearchSpecial EducationStatistics (this is where our data is collected)
Four Divisions of NCES
Postsecondary StudiesAssessmentEarly Childhood, International, and Crosscutting StudiesElementary, Secondary and Libraries Studies
NDIR
New Directions for Institutional ResearchIR Journal for planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.
Four Faces of Institutional Research
To describe the institutionTo analyze alternativesTo present the best caseTo supply impartial evidence
Brumbaugh, 1960Advanced IR’s role…

A management service function
Dressel, 1971Advanced IR’s role…
An autonomous institutional critic
Tetlow, 1984Advanced IR’s role..

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An institutional or an organizationalintelligence officer
Lindquist, 1981Advanced IR’s role…
A change agent and action researcher
Firnberg and Lasher, 1983Advanced IR’s role.

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An institutional advocate or political partisan
Saupe, 1990Advanced IR’s role…
A management and decision support function
Gill and Saunders, 1992; Terenzini, 1993Advanced IR’s role.

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A policy analyst;
OAIRP
Ohio Association for Institutional Research and Planning
NEAIR
Northeast Association for Institutional Research
Data and Decisions Academy
a series of online, self-paced courses designed for busy community college institutional research (IR) professionals. Initial funding for the Data and Decisions Academy is made possible by a $1.

92 million grant from Lumina Foundation for Education. The Academy is hosted by the Association for Institutional Research in Tallahassee, Florida.