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Conference Information



Join us in Ridgeland March 27th - 29th, 2019

for the 

2019 MAIR Conference

Conference Information: 

Conference Location: 

  • Embassy Suites, 200 Township Ave, Ridgeland, MS 39157

  • Click here to reserve a room for $149/night (includes breakfast and nightly reception).  

  • Deadline for the discount rate is February 28, 2019.

Call for Proposals: 

  • Due by March 8, 2019.

  • Questions?  Call or e-mail: Mitzi Norris, MAIR Program Chair (601-815-5194)

  • 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.  

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 15, 2019.

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

AIR/IPEDS Workshop (Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM) | Cost: FREE

Presenters:  AIR IPEDS Educators

Sign-up:  Click here to access the AIR registration form. You must register separately with AIR to attend this workshop.

Equipment to bringLaptop with Excel software and wireless internet capability

We are excited to offer an AIR/IPEDS workshop, Best Practices for Reporting and Using IPEDS Data to Improve Office Efficiencies this year.  To sign-up for this workshop click here (you will be redirected to the AIR website to register). There is no cost to attend this pre-conference workshops. 

Newcomers Workshop (Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM) | Cost $25 (lunch included)

Presenters:  Carolyn Wiley (Northwest MS Community College) & Shemeka McClung (Jackson State University)

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

Equipment to bring:  None

The Newcomer 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 issues such as defining institutional research, describing how Institutional Research/Institutional Effectiveness offices work, identifying data sources and collecting data, developing fact books and peer comparisons, completing effective reports or presentations in a timely manner, and describing the role of Institutional Research/Institutional Effectiveness in accountability/accreditation. 

Statistics for IR Workshop (Thursday, March 28, 2019, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM) | Cost $25 (lunch included)

Presenter:  Dr. Ken Thompson (Millsaps)

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

Equipment to bring:  Laptop with Excel software (optional)

As an IR professional, are you ever called upon to compare the performance of two groups?  Have you ever been asked a question such as, “Is a student’s GPA related to the number of hours the student works?” Or, maybe, “Is there a difference in opinion between freshmen and seniors?”  This workshop is designed for the IR professional who is called upon to address these types of questions.  With a combination of facilitated lecture/discussion and hands-on exercises, the workshop will provide an overview of the statistics used to address these questions as well as an introduction to using Excel to answer the questions.  Solutions to the exercises will be provided, so even if you don’t have your computer with you in the workshop, you will still gain valuable insight into how to use Excel to answer statistical questions when you’re back home in your office.

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