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. 

Recent Member Webinar: Assessing SLOs

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

ETS recently offered a webinar to our membership 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.

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.


2018 AIRUM Keynote Speaker

Dr. Nathan Grawe

We are so thankful Dr. Nathan Grawe, Professor of Economics at Carleton College was our 2018 Keynote Speaker. Dr. Grawe is a labor economist whose most recent book, Demographics and The Demand for Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017) examines how recent demographic shifts are likely to affect demand for higher education and explores how colleges and policymakers may respond to meet institutional and national goals. Read more about his nationally recognized work by clicking on the images above.