2022 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 2nd - Friday, November 4th. We are currently monitoring the COVID-19 situation. However, based on member feedback, we plan to have our first in-person conference since 2019!

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 2023 AIR Forum. 


The deadline for proposal submission is Sunday, July 15th.  (Applicants will be notified of their proposal status via email by September 2nd, 2022)

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:

Institutional Effectiveness - How do you ensure that decisions are evidence-based? What is the role of institutional research in guiding and supporting institutional effectiveness practices or in providing and interpreting evidence used for decision-making?  

Assessment - How are planning and assessment carried out and aligned at all levels of the institution? How do we measure student learning outcomes and use that information to make improvements? How can Institutional Research help prepare the institution to meet assessment expectations for institutional and program accreditation?

Student Outcomes - What effective actions have you taken to engage in campus decisions about student matriculation, retention, student profile, and the experiences of enrolled students?

Institutional Research Statistics, Tools & Technology - What new tools and technology has your institution successfully deployed? What benefits have you seen from changes to your data systems? What analysis strategies are working and what methods can you share?

Management, Collaboration, and Strategic Planning - How are your internal operations organized for success? What can we learn about how your department or its relationship with the broader institution is evolving? What kinds of partnerships and collaborations have helped your institution prosper? How has the work of your Institutional Research or Institutional Effectiveness contributed toward your institution's strategic planning efforts? How has your institution's strategic planning work affected your work in return?

The Future of Institutional Research - How have past trends shaped the trajectory of your work and goals? Where do you see the work of institutional research in the future? How can we as IE and IR practitioners best position ourselves and our field for success?


Any questions about the submission process can be addressed via email to Jen DeGroote ([email protected]), Angie Bauman Power ([email protected]) or Beth Ellie ([email protected]).