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Conference Information





Join us in Tupelo April 4th - 6th, 2018

for the 

2018 MAIR Conference

Conference Information: 

Conference Location: 

  • BancorpSouth Conference Center, 387 East Main Street, Tupelo, Mississippi

  • Call (662) 718-5500 to reserve a room at the Hilton Garden Inn for $134/night (includes breakfast).  To get the MAIR rate, provide the code "MAIR18​" when making a reservation.

  • Deadline for the discount rate is March 7, 2018

Call for Proposals: 

  • Due by March 9, 2018

  • Questions?  Call or e-mail: Carley Dear, MAIR Program Chair (601-857-3357)

  • Click here to submit a proposal. 


Graduate Student Travel Grant:

  • A travel grant up to $200 is available to a successful applicant.  Click here to access the application.  

  • The deadline to submit the application is March 9, 2018.

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 Friday, March 30, 2018.

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 and send your payment and print out of the confirmation to Shemeka McClung using the information below:

Dr. Shemeka McClung


Director of Institutional Research, Planning, & Effectiveness

Jackson State University

P.O. Box 17147

Jackson, MS  39217

AIR/IPEDS Workshops:

 We are excited to announce that there will be three AIR/IPEDS workshops available to attend this year: Human Resources (NEW - 8:30 - 12:00, Wednesday, April 4) , Student Financial Aid (NEW - 1:30 - 5:00, Wednesday April 4) , and Finance for IR Professionals (8:30 - 12:00, Thursday, April 5).  To sign-up for these workshops click the title of the workshop(s) you'd like to attend (you will be redirected to the AIR website to register). There is no cost to attend these pre-conference workshops.  Note: Participants are required to bring a MAC or PC laptop with wireless capability and Microsoft Excel. 


To register for one or more AIR/IPEDS workshops, click the workshop titles below.  To register for more than one workshop, you must complete a registration form for each individual training.

IPEDS Human Resources Training (Wednesday, April 4th: 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM)

This workshop prepares individuals to accurately complete the IPEDS Human Resources (HR) survey. It is designed for IR and human resources professionals, as well as other researchers or administrators who want to increase their understanding of these data. Topics include preparing data to increase consistency within the survey, understanding data definitions, classification of employees and alignment of employee function with Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes, coordination of effort between stakeholders in and outside of an institution, and planning for efficacy of data beyond the IPEDS HR survey itself. Exercises cover classifying employees properly, preparing for and completing the IPEDS HR survey, and benchmarking with commonly used employee metrics.

IPEDS Student Financial Aid Training (Wednesday, April 4th: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM)

This workshop provides foundational training for completing the IPEDS Student Financial Aid Survey using an integrated approach to managing, storing, and extracting financial aid data required for survey completion. Topics include an overview of financial aid concepts and how they intersect IPEDS, how to effectively create frozen data files from enrollment and financial aid systems, how to use these files to answer the respective sections of the survey, and how the files can be leveraged to address additional reporting requirements such as the Common Data Set and internal reporting. The workshop concludes with exercises focused on how IPEDS financial aid data are used for external purposes as well as for internal benchmarking.​


IPEDS Finance Training for IR Professionals (Thursday, April 5th: 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM)

This workshop is designed for IR professionals who have no training in finance or accounting, and focuses on a general understanding of higher education finance with an overview of where, how, and why IPEDS Finance data are used. Topics include an introduction to higher education finance; Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) vs. Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB); key accounting concepts; a review of general purpose financial statements and how they relate to the IPEDS Finance survey; and reporting comparison challenges. Exercises provide participants with experience completing the IPEDS Finance survey and benchmarking with commonly used finance variables. ​

Newcomers Workshop:

     There will be a Newcomers Workshop taught by Carolyn Wiley (NWCC) and Shemeka McClung (JSU), Thursday morning from 8:30 to 12:30 for anyone who wishes to attend. Lunch will be provided for participants. Please sign-up for the workshop by selecting the Newcomers Workshop on the registration form. There will be a $25 fee for this additional workshop which includes lunch.

     This workshop is designed for practitioners who are new to the field of institutional research and institutional effectiveness. With a combination of facilitated lecture/discussion and hands-on exercises, the workshop will address the issues such as the definition of Institutional Research and how Institutional Research/Institutional Effectiveness offices work, identifying data sources and collecting data, developing factbooks and peer comparisons, completing effective reports or presentations in a timely manner, and the role of Institutional Research/Institutional Effectiveness in accountability/accreditation. 

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