Conference Information


Join us in Gulfport March 25th - 27th, 2020

for the 

2020 MAIR Conference

Conference Information: 

  • Agenda - coming soon

  • Abstracts - coming soon

Conference Location: 

Courtyard by Marriott

1600 East Beach Boulevard

Gulfport, MS 39501

Book your group rate for Mississippi Association of Institutional Research. Should guests wish to call the hotel directly, they may reference the Group Code: MAIR. Last day to make reservations is February 26, 2020

Call for Proposals: 

  • Submit a proposal to present a conference session or a research poster- priority consideration given to those who submit proposals by January 31, 2020. Click here to submit a proposal.


Graduate Student Travel Grant:

  • A travel grant up to $200 is available to a successful applicant.  Read full application requirements here.  Please submit material by February 28, 2020.  

Conference Registration/Fee:

  • Your conference registration fee ($125) includes conference registration, Thursday night reception, and the Friday business meeting luncheon.

  • If you would like to maintain a MAIR membership, but cannot attend the conference you can choose the $50.00 Membership-only option.

  • Click here to register! 

  • Deadline to register is Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

If paying by credit card, register by completing the conference registration form and then use the PayPal function.  After registering, please make sure you click on the PayPal link to pay via the web.  If paying by check, please register by completing the conference registration form, send a check made out to "Mississippi Association for Institutional Research", and print out of the confirmation to Kelli Hefner using the information below:

Dr. Kelli Hefner


Vice President of Planning and Research
Northeast Mississippi Community College

101 Cunningham Boulevard
Booneville, MS  38829

Additional Conference Opportunities:

AIR/MAIR IPEDS Workshop (Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 8:30-4:30) | Free for anyone

Sign-up:  IPEDS Workshop Registration

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Mississippi Association for Institutional Research (MAIR) are co-hosting a full-day IPEDS Workshop in conjunction with the MAIR Annual Conference for data providers and users at no cost for participants. Financial support for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution (Morning)

This workshop stresses the importance of accuracy and consistency in data reported to IPEDS. Examples of real IPEDS data used in the public domain are incorporated, enabling participants to understand the role of governmental and non-governmental entities in IPEDS reporting. The workshop includes presentations, discussions, exercises, and demonstrations using IPEDS data tools and resources.


IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness (Afternoon)

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of benchmarking as a way to demonstrate institutional effectiveness. It is designed for individuals with little to no experience in benchmarking studies. Participants use data from the IPEDS Surveys, Data Feedback Reports, and the “Use the Data” center at the NCES website to learn about the types of comparison groups that can be constructed. Exercises demonstrate establishment of key performance indicators (KPIs) and identification of variables to refine comparison groups.

Note: Participants are required to bring a MAC or PC laptop with wireless capability and Microsoft Excel.


The workshop is limited to 45 participants and seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seat confirmations are delivered via email on a rolling basis approximately 3 business days after an online seat registration is submitted.


Six hours of instruction (demonstrations, discussions, PowerPoint presentations, and hands-on computer-based training exercises).


Questions? Email:

Newcomers Workshop (Thursday, March 26, 2020, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM) | Cost $25 (lunch included)

Sign-up:  Select the Newcomers Workshop on the registration form

Statistics for IR Workshop (Thursday, March 26, 2020, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM) | Cost $25 (lunch included)

Sign-up:  Select the Statistics for IR Workshop on the registration form

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