2018 AIRUM Fall Conference
November 1-2, 2018
Pre-Conference workshops on October 31, 2018

Hilton Minneapolis/St.Paul Airport-Mall of America
3800 American Boulevard East
Bloomington, MN 55425
See below for more reservation details

Bloomington Convention and Visitor’s Bureau website

The AIRUM annual conference is where institutional research practitioners, scholarly researchers, and decision makers from AIRUM states meet to share research and learn from each other. Join us in a lively exchange of new ideas, time-proven techniques, and invaluable tricks of the trade.

Fall 2018 Conference information

CALL FOR PROPOSALS The deadline for proposal submission is Tuesday, July 31st, 2018.  (The proposal status will be notified via email by August 15th, 2018.) To submit a proposal, click this link:

You will be asked to provide a list of presenters, a 60-word abstract that will appear in 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.

Presentation* - A 45-minute presentation including a Q&A period on 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 university 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- 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?

Any questions about the submission process can be addressed via email to Viktor Brenner ( or Natalie Solverson (


Conference Sponsonrs & Sponsorship
AIRUM is a professional society representing 300+ members from 125+ colleges and universities across the Upper Midwest. At our annual conference, we offer a number of engagement opportunities for sponsors to interact with members, present their products, and increase their visibility. Please see our Sponsorship Guide for details. Contact Adam Johnson, 2018 AIRUM Chair, at for further inquiries.
Newsletter Please see the AIRUM newsletter for important information about the Fall conference.
Hotel Information & Reservations The 2018 AIRUM Conference will be held at the Hilton Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport/Mall of America on November 1-2. Pre-conference on Oct 31. Guest rooms are $136/night and should be reserved by October 10.

Reserve by online reservations, call the Hotel directly at 952-854-2100 or Hilton Reservations at 1-800-HILTONS.  Identify as being with the group, Association for Institutional Research in the Upper Midwest, at the time the reservation is made in order to receive the special group rate. Where available, reservations may also be made on-line by booking through the World Wide Web.