What is AIRUM?

The Association of Institutional Research of 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. 

Annual Conference Call for Proposals

AIRUM invites you to submit presentation proposals for our Annual Conference on November 7-8, 2019, in Bloomington, Minnesota (just one mile from the Mall of America). This conference is an excellent opportunity for practitioners, scholarly researchers, and decision makers in the Upper Midwest to meet and share research, tools, and best practices in institutional effectiveness (IE) and institutional research (IR). 

The deadline for proposal submission is Sunday, August 4th. Proposal notifications will be sent via e-mail by August 30th, 2019. For further details and to submit a proposal, go to our proposal submission page. We look forward to seeing you in November!

2019 AIRUM Keynote Speaker

Tom Mortenson

Join your colleagues at the 2019 AIRUM Conference, November 7-8.

AIRUM is pleased to announce Thomas G. Mortenson as the keynote speaker at our Annual Conference, November 7-8. Tom is Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education and researcher, writer, and publisher of Postsecondary Education Opportunity, a monthly research newsletter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics, and economics of educational opportunity after high school.

Tom has focused his extensive career on analyzing students’ opportunity for postsecondary education and training and the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity, with special concern for populations under-represented in higher education. His work has informed decisions by institutional leaders and policy makers across the U.S. Join us for insightful analysis and candid conversation about the trends impacting access and opportunity for students and families. Look for registration to launch in late August.

Information about Joining AIRUM

Thank you for your interest in AIRUM, a regional affiliate of the national Association for Institutional Research (www.airweb.org) 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.


Member Webinar: Assessing SLOs

To view a recording of the webinar, navigate to the Members Area (Webinar Recordings).

ETS offered a webinar to our membership this spring on assessing student learning outcomes (SLOs). Dr. Javarro Russell, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation at ETS and President of the Northeastern Educational Research Association, led the webinar with particular attention to assessing SLOs across academic and student affairs areas. 

ETS’ HEIghten suite of assessments was designed to go beyond traditional literacy and numeracy assessments by capturing innovative constructs such as Civic Competency & Engagement and Intercultural Competency & Diversity. This presentation focused on the development of these modules/tools, collecting data using these tools, and using data from these tools to improve the educational experiences of their students. Dr. Russell also addressed common frameworks for assessing student learning, detailed concerns regarding the quality of the data obtained during the process of assessing student learning, and discussed the process for reporting and ensuring appropriate interpretation of learning outcomes data.