2024 Call for Proposals

The Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) invites you to submit presentation proposals for our annual conference on November 6-8, 2024, in Bloomington, Minnesota (near the Mall of America).  The Call for Proposals is open.  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 theme of the 2024 conference is "Visualizing the Future." Conference registration will open late summer 2024.


The deadline for proposal submission is June 30, 2024.  (The proposal status will be notified via email by September 1, 2024.)

To submit a proposal, click this link:  https://bit.ly/49TOmxE

You will be asked to provide a list of presenters, a 60-word abstract that will appear in the program book, and a 200-word narrative that will be used by the committee to review proposals for acceptance. Don’t wait; submit your proposal today.

A membership with AIRUM is not mandatory for proposal submission; however, individuals must be affiliated with AIRUM to be eligible to present at the conference.


Presentation - A 45-minute presentation including a Q&A period on an IE/IR-related theoretical and/or methodological issue as well as best practices and tools to enhance IE/IR efforts.

Panel Discussion - A 45-minute discussion involving 3-4 panelists who can share different perspectives on a topic relevant to IE/IR. A session may start with a brief opening statement/overview by each participant before allowing for an engaging discussion with the audience.

Hands-On Workshop - A 45-minute interactive workshop where a facilitator takes attendees through a series of activities to provide training or improve technical skills.

Dashboard Showcase - We're excited to introduce a fresh opportunity for showcasing your best dashboards! Submit your top dashboard for a chance to join a workshop featuring a select panel of four participants. Each panelist will lead a 10-minute "dashboard show and tell" session, highlighting their innovative approaches and practices. For this proposal, please include either dashboard screenshots with a written narrative or a short demo video of no more than five minutes in length. Proposals in this category can send these additional required components as attachments directly to AIRUM at [email protected] by June 30.


We welcome proposals in all IE/IR-related areas. Some areas of practice attendees have expressed interest in include the following:

  • Software Systems and Tools (e.g. Data Visualizations, Analytics)
  • Forecasting and Predictive Analysis
  • Data Reporting (e.g. Accreditation, Assessment, IPEDS, State, Federal reports)
  • Institutional Research (e.g. The job, new to IR, presenting research)
  • Institutional Effectiveness (IE) & Strategic Planning
  • Data Literacy (e.g. Data Integrity, data ethics, data governance, data culture)
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and IR


Any questions about the submission process can be addressed via email to [email protected].