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. 

2019 AIRUM Conference

Join your colleagues at the 2019 AIRUM Pre-Conference & Conference, November 6-8. For more information, click HERE.

AIRUM is pleased to announce Thomas G. Mortenson as the keynote speaker at our Annual Conference, November 7-8.

Tom Mortenson

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.

Tableau is this year's Platinum Conference Sponsor. Tableau will be providing beginning and advanced hands-on training workshops as part of our Pre-Conference on November 6th. Tableau will distribute specifically created workbooks using higher education data tailored to facilitate solutions to typical issues visualizing postsecondary data. Learn more HERE.

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.