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Illinois Institutional Research, Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment Professionals

by Dave Rudden / Sep 9, 2014

If you’re not already a member, please consider joining the Illinois Association of Institutional Research (IAIR). IAIR has been your statewide institutional research professional group since 1982. IAIR membership benefits are designed to enhance the discussion of research and evaluation at all Illinois institutions of higher ed by providing opportunities to learn and collaborate with colleagues, as well as to provide a variety of avenues for professional development in the field.

Those membership benefits, designed to achieve the goals mentioned above, include:

  • The annual IAIR forum allows researchers from across the state the opportunity to share important work that they’ve done and collaborate with colleagues.

    Interested in attending this year’s forum? Start your 2014-2015 IAIR membership off right by joining the fun and festivities of the 2014 IAIR forum this October 23rd and 24th in Naperville, IL. You can register online here.

  • IAIR e-newsletters distributed throughout the year sharing important information and deadlines.
  • Other opportunities to connect with colleagues from other institutions through the association’s membership directory and/or by joining the IAIR Facebook page. There are also a number of opportunities to support the organization by participating as an IAIR officer or committee member.
  • Annual recognition awards for members who have made significant contributions to thefield of institutional research in Illinois.
  • Membership is affordable! Membership dues are only $20/year. If you attend the annual IAIR forum, there are no additional membership dues. They’re already included as part of your forum registration fee.
  • Look for the new and improved IAIR website (currently under development) to be unveiled soon, as it will become the central “hub” for all IAIR-related information.

If you’re not currently a member of IAIR and wanted to connect with your research colleagues from across the state and take advantage of the many benefits of being an IAIR member, please take a moment to either complete the membership application or register for the 2014 IAIR forum (remember that IAIR membership is included). You can do either at the link below:

Register to become IAIR member or to attend 2014 forum

dave-ruddenMr. Rudden has served as the Director of Institutional Research at Elgin Community College since 2008. Prior to that, he was a Research Analyst and then Manager of Research and Assessment at Oakton Community College. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University, and an M.A. in Developmental Psychology from Illinois State University. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at Loyola University of Chicago, Triton Community College, College of Lake County, and Elgin Community College.

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