The 2020 VIRTUAL AIRUM Conference will be held Wednesday, October 28 through Friday, October 30. 
Please visit our 2020 Conference page for more information!

What is AIRUM?

The Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) is the member-driven professional association for institutional researchers in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. AIRUM is a regional affiliate of the international Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and seeks to provide professional development and networking opportunities for members, facilitate members’ involvement with AIR, and improve and promote research on institutional effectiveness in higher education. 

AIRUM Resources for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

AIRUM will pivot its programming for the summer to focus on equity and inclusion, as our institutions and communities confront racism in all sectors of our society. Members are welcome to submit resource suggestions at this form. Some resources are provided below; look to a message from the Steering Committee in coming weeks for additional programming.

Association for Institutional Research
Coffee Chat -- Friday, July 17th for AIR members -- Advancing Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Black Caucus Town Hall -- perspectives from Black higher education professionals
Signature Initiatives: Black Lives Matter

University of Minnesota Reading for Racial Justice
Collection of antiracist books available to read for free online until 8/31/2020

Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Five Books that Every White Ally Should Read on Black Lives
On Demand webinars

American Council on Education
Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education; article summary from Diverse Issues in Higher Education

AIRUM Webinars and Resources for Addressing COVID-19

As we all adapt to the myriad changes the pandemic has brought to our personal and professional lives, AIRUM is working on providing support and keeping our community connected.

Spring/Summer Webinars

AIRUM presented a series of webinars in April and May to support members and their institutions as they moved online during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thank you to our webinar presenters.

Panelists Meredith Fergus (Minnesota Office of Higher Education), Kristin McKinley (Lawrence University), Jennifer Pearson Hennen (Anoka-Ramsey Community College & Anoka Technical College), and Laura Fingerson (Strategic Education, Inc.) launched our webinar series on April 21st with a discussion of "IR/IE Fundamentals in a Time of Rapid Change," fielding your questions in this interactive session and discussing strategies for balancing uncertainties with solid IR practices.

On May 7th Nichole Petersen (Century College) presented her AIRUM 2019 Best Presentation winner, "The Pivotal Role of Institutional Research and Meeting HLC Criteria 4.B.," discussing how to build a sustainable culture of assessment within an institution's co-curricular offices attuned to meeting accreditation criteria, with lessons learned and suggestions for how IR professionals can fit into and sustain this work over the long term.

On May 19th, Drew Thiemann, the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Bellarmine University, and James Cousins, Analyst Manager at Rapid Insight, presented "Recasting IR's Role as an Institutional Effectiveness Consultancy: One University's Case Study," illustrating how Bellarmine University's Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness crafted and implemented a strategy for data democratization, adopted innovative practices to support this plan, and raised the office's visibility as a decision-support and institutional effectiveness consultancy for stakeholders across the institution.

Recordings of these sessions are available in our members section.

COVID-19 Resources

The following organizations have useful resources for IR/IE professionals during the pandemic. If you know of helpful professional resources to add to this list, please submit them with this form and we will update this page.

American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
Multiple recorded and upcoming webinars, podcasts, emergency management resources

Association for the Assessment of Learning in Higher Education
Assessment resources for a shift to online learning

Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
Governmental actions analysis, remote teaching and learning resources, and Covid-19 communications from public universities

Council for Higher Education Accreditation
Index of all regional, programmatic, faith-related, and career-related accrediting organizations

Webinars and resources list, including discounted services for institutions teaching/working remotely

Higher Learning Commission
Resource index including updates, policy implications, FAQs

National Association of College and University Business Officers
Planning and federal guidance across multiple agencies

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
Index of resources including governmental responses and webinars

National Association of Student Personnel Administrations
Index of policy guidance and community resources

The Society for College and University Planning
Strategic planning, crisis management, and change management resources

WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology (WCET)
Resources on technology-enhanced teaching and learning, higher education policy and regulation, and practical advice for instructors and administrators

Information about Joining AIRUM

Thank you for your interest in AIRUM, a regional affiliate of the national Association for Institutional Research ( serving institutional research, institutional effectiveness and allied professionals in IA, MN, ND, SD, WI, and the UP of MI.

AIRUM’s major event is an annual conference in Bloomington, Minnesota, usually during the first week of November. Conference registrants are automatically signed up as AIRUM members. Starting in November 2018, individuals can sign up or renew AIRUM membership for $25/year (membership year runs November 1-October 31) without attending the conference. Maintaining AIRUM membership grants access to members-only sections of this website, prior year conference materials and ensures that you receive notifications of AIRUM events.