2023 Call for Proposals

The Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest (AIRUM) invites you to submit presentation proposals for our annual conference that will be held Wednesday, November 1 - Friday, November 3. 

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).  Conference presentations are rated by members and a $500 Best Presentation Award is given to offset expenses associated with presentation of the paper at the 2024 AIR Forum. 


The deadline for proposal submission is Saturday, July 15.  (Applicants will be notified of their proposal status via email by September 4, 2023)

To submit a proposal, please click this link:

You will be asked to provide a list of presenters, a 60-word abstract that will appear in the conference program book, and a 200-word narrative that will be used by the committee to review proposals for acceptance. Please consider submitting a proposal today. Individuals selected to present will need to join AIRUM (if not already members) and pay for conference attendance.


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 panel 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 opening up for an open discussion engaging the audience.


We welcome proposals in all IE/IR-related areas. Some areas of practice that attendees may be interested to hear presentations about include:

  • data visualizations;
  • data analytics;
  • predictive modeling for admissions, enrollment, and retention;
  • assessing effective student support interventions;
  • data governance and management (e.g., cybersecurity, oversight);
  • effective reporting practices (including adapting to different audiences);
  • accreditation and compliance reporting (e.g., self-studies, in-person vs. virtual visits, etc.);
  • operational planning (e.g., streamlining, aligning, budgeting);
  • cost and ROI of initiatives;
  • student satisfaction;
  • and strategic planning (e.g., new program launches, fundraising campaigns)


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