2020 Annual Conference
IR/IE: Collaborating and Adapting for Change

The AIRUM annual conference is where institutional research practitioners, scholarly researchers, and decision makers from AIRUM states meet to share research and learn from each other. Join us in a lively exchange of new ideas, time-proven techniques, and invaluable tricks of the trade.

In order to keep focus on the AIRUM conference, we shifted the dates by ONE WEEK for this year, to October 28 through October 30. Join us sessions and member panels focused on collaboration and adaptation to the challenges facing higher education during this unique moment in history.

When is the conference?

Wednesday, October 28 through Friday, October 30 
At a Glance Schedule here

2020 AIRUM Technical Notes and Support Information

How much does it cost?

AIRUM Member fee: $50 

Keynote Speaker

AIRUM is pleased to announce Amelia Parnell as the keynote speaker at our 2020 Virtual Conference
Wednesday, October 28, 2:30 p.m. CDT

Amela Parnell

Wednesday, October 28, 2:30 p.m. CDT

Amelia Parnell is vice president for research and policy at NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, where she leads many of the Association’s scholarly and advocacy-focused activities. Amelia writes and speaks frequently about topics related to student affairs, college affordability, student learning outcomes, and institutions’ use of data and analytics. Amelia’s policy and practitioner experiences include prior roles in association management, legislative policy analysis, internal audit, and TRIO programs. Her research portfolio includes studies of leadership in higher education, with a focus on college presidents and vice presidents. She is the author of the forthcoming book, You Are a Data Person: Strategies for Using Analytics on Campus and a co-editor of the book, The Analytics Revolution in Higher Education: Big Data, Organizational Learning, and Student Success. Amelia currently serves on the board of directors for EDUCAUSE and is an advisor to several other higher education organizations. She holds a Ph.D. in higher education from Florida State University and masters and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Florida A & M University.  

Plenary Book Talk

The 2020 AIRUM Virtual Conference will conclude this year with a plenary book talk, led by one of the book's authors, Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success. McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and Truth, Racial Healing, & Transformation Campus Centers. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers," "Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning," and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.”McNair also oversees AAC&U’s yearly thematic Conferences. She is the lead author of the books From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). In March 2020, Diverse: Issues In Higher Education named AAC&U’s Tia Brown McNair one of thirty-five outstanding women who have tackled some of higher education’s toughest challenges, exhibited extraordinary leadership skills, and made a positive difference in their communities. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University. 

How will the conference be delivered?

The conference will be delivered via Zoom.

Conference Sponsors

We welcome Rapid Insight as this year's Platinum Sponsor!

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