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2018 Conference

Conference Overview | Registration | Hotel & Travel | Call for Proposals | Workshops | Sponsors | Sponsorship Opportunities


2018 Conference Overview

November 7-9, 2018

Program PDF

Conference Schedule Guidebook

Registration Information

Registration Costs:

  • $200 – early bird registration through October 1
  • $250 – starting October 2

Registration includes the following:

  • 2018-2019 MidAIR annual membership fee
  • Access to all sessions and keynotes
  • Access to the Wednesday PDO sessions
  • Breakfast, coffee breaks, lunch options on select days; see conference program for details (released in October)
  • Free internet access in your room
  • Wednesday night reception (light snacks), Thursday breakfast and lunch, Friday breakfast

Register With Credit Card

Register With Check

Hotel & Travel

Holiday Inn Country Club Plaza
One East 45th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64111

Book Your Room Now

If you encounter any problems booking a hotel room, please contact Alexandria Foxwell at 816-216-8018.

Call for Proposals

We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 37th annual MidAir Conference.

REMINDER! Best Paper winner will be awarded reimbursement up to the 2017 AIR Forum Registration cost. Registration receipt must be presented for reimbursement.

Best First Time Presenter will have the following year’s MidAIR registration fee waived. This call encourages all IR professionals, higher education faculty, and graduate students, both experienced and novice, to submit proposals to present at the conference via our online proposal system.

All proposals MUST be submitted via the internet by August 31st. The system is easy to use and will guide you through the entire process.

Take this opportunity to share your research and field work successes and strategies. If you would like more information about the conference, please visit our Conference Information Page.

Proposals are now closed.


IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness

Wednesday, November 7, 8:30am – 12:00pm

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the Mid America Association for Institutional Research (MidAIR) are co-hosting a half-day IPEDS Workshop for data providers and users in conjunction with the MidAIR 2018 Annual Conference. Financial support for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through a contract with RTI International.

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.

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


Data, Dashboards, and Decisions: Bridging Institutional Research and Assessment

Wednesday, November 7, 8:00am – 11:30am

Institutional Research and Assessment are often considered discrete functions requiring distinct skill sets, but both contribute to the same goal: the use of data to make better decisions.  Utilizing assessment and IR skills together enables institutional effectiveness officers to better serve their colleagues’ data needs.  During this workshop, participants will explore similarities and differences between institutional research and assessment and participate in activities designed to generate ideas about how to best support efforts to improve student learning. You will consider perspectives from a large public research university and a smaller college with varied learning venues, and reflect on how you can apply ideas generated to benefit your own institution.  Data management and the use of Power BI to develop an institution-wide assessment dashboard will be highlights of this workshop.

Newcomers to Institutional Research Workshop

Wednesday Afternoon

This popular workshop is designed for newcomers to IR – or anyone desiring a refresher! Each Institutional Research office is a unique entity shaped by an extensive assortment of internal and external forces. If you are new to IR and wondering what you’ve gotten yourself into, this PDO may provide some insight.

Power BI for IR: Creating a Report

Wednesday Afternoon

Power BI is a robust and relatively inexpensive data visualization and business analytics suite available for Microsoft Office 365 plans. This walkthrough demonstrates a process to create a basic institutional research report and dashboard using Power BI.  Sample data will be provided.

  • Loading and Transforming Data
  • Creating a report using the free desktop app
  • Sharing the report within your institution
  • Creating a dashboard from reports

Please bring a laptop with Power BI desktop installed to participate along with the lessons. Link to download the free desktop app:


Gold Sponsors

National Student Clearninghouse

Silver Sponsors

Information Builders

Other Sponsors

Assessment Matters
Revealing Institutional Strengths and Challenges Survey
Association for Institutional Research

Sponsorship Opportunities

Approximately 100 members regularly attend the MidAIR Annual Conference

This is a well established annual conference with members from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Our membership represents all levels of higher education: 2-year and 4-year; public and private; colleges, universities, and state agencies.

Promote Your Products and Services to Conference Attendees!

We are pleased to provide a number of flexible opportunities to contribute to the success of the conference while showcasing your products and services. Sponsor setup usually takes place at any time on Wednesday of the conference; teardown is by noon on the concluding day of the conference, usually Friday. Pre-conference workshops are all day Wednesday; Concurrent sessions are all day Thursday and until noon on Friday.

For more information contact the External Relations Director at

Purchase Sponsorship by Credit CardPurchase Sponsorship by Check
Platinum – $3,250.00 Booth and sponsor table with electricity, get a first-choice location pick Right to host /speak at luncheon (3 minute max. speech) Ad in conference program (full page) Session room named after your organization Sponsorship session with the right to pick time and day Materials in conference attendee package Sponsor can display table toppers or materials on tables at the luncheon Logo on MidAIR website Logo included in conference announcements (e-mail) Marketing e-mail to attendees (1 advertisement) Conference attendee list one week prior to the conference Conference admission: 3 attendees
Diamond – $2,250.00 One sponsorship table with electricity Second-choice location pick Right to host/speak at evening reception (3 minute max. speech) Half page ad in conference program 5″ * 7″ wide,no bleed, high resolution Sponsorship session Materials in conference attendee package Sponsor can display table toppers or materials on table at the reception Logo on MidAIR website Conference admissions-2 attendee
Gold – $1,850.00 Sponsor table with electricity Ad in conference program (half page) Materials in conference attendee package Sponsorship session Logo on MidAIR website Logo included in conference announcements (e-mail) Conference attendee list one week prior to the conference Conference admission: 2 attendees
Silver – $1,450.00 Sponsor table with electricity Ad in conference program (quarter page) Materials in conference attendee package Logo included in conference announcements (e-mail) Logo on MidAIR website Conference admission: 1 attendee
Name Badge Lanyard – $500.00 One of the most visible items at the conference will be the badges around each participant’s neck.
The sponsor will print and provide the participant’s name badge lanyards.
Promotion Materials Bag – $500.00 Sponsor provides the promotion materials bags which each participant picks up at the conference registration desk.
Prefer eco friendly bags.
Other Sponsorship – $500.00 Contact for information about this sponsorship.