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IPEDS Training Announcement: Three Keyholder Trainings in August in Atlanta

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is hosting 3 full-day trainings for Keyholders in August.

Note: These trainings are intended for both officially designated IPEDS Keyholders as well as individuals that serve in a secondary role assisting the official IPEDS Keyholder in the data collection/entry process.


  • Held at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel, One Hartsfield Centre Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30354
  • Each training includes six hours of instruction and workshop materials
  • No tuition charge to participants - Funding for these trainings is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Note: You do not have to be an AIR member to attend these trainings.

1) New Keyholder Training: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on August 25, 2014

The New Keyholder Workshop is designed as base level training that provides participants with a thorough introduction to the IPEDS data collection cycle and reporting requirements. Created specifically for new IPEDS Keyholders (less than two years), this workshop outlines the roles and responsibilities of a Keyholder and the resources available to assist in the IPEDS planning and reporting processes. The workshop also provides participants an opportunity to create an IPEDS planning calendar for the upcoming data collection cycle. Because this workshop is designed for newer Keyholders, it also serves as a valuable professional networking opportunity for institutional researchers in their new roles.

For additional information and to request a seat in the New Keyholder Training, please visit

2) Best Practices Training: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on August 26, 2014

The Best Practices for Reporting and Using IPEDS Data to Improve Office Efficiencies workshop is intermediate level Keyholder training that is designed for individuals who lead the IPEDS data submission cycle on their campus and have done so for at least one full reporting cycle. Using IPEDS as a focus, participants will:

  • Learn IR best practices and technical efficiencies in data management through Excel (e.g., pivot tables, merging data, custom formulas, and filters);
  • Examine multiple options for IPEDS submission (manual entry, .csv file upload, and XML);
  • Learn how to use benchmarking data to address key institutional questions and needs. Participants should have experience using the IPEDS Data Center to retrieve data and a working knowledge of Excel (e.g., how to create basic formulas and sort data). This workshop will not review IPEDS survey component submission instructions nor cover basic benchmarking concepts (though intermediate topics are covered).

This is intermediate level IPEDS training and is not intended to be taken in conjunction with the New Keyholder Training held on August 25, 2014.

For additional information and to request a seat in the Best Practices Training, please visit

3) IPEDS Workshop: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on August 26, 2014
Workshop Content:

IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution raises the level of awareness among higher education professionals about the importance of accuracy and consistency in data reported to IPEDS. Examples of real IPEDS data used in the public domain will be incorporated, enabling participants to understand how IPEDS data are used by governmental and non-governmental entities. This module includes presentations, discussions, exercises and demonstrations utilizing IPEDS data tools and resources.

IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness is designed for participants with little to no experience in the area of conducting benchmarking studies or with the IPEDS Data Center. This module introduces the fundamentals of creating benchmarks to measure institutional effectiveness. The module provides an overview of the types of comparison groups that can be constructed using IPEDS data, with examples of appropriate use. Participants will use actual data from the IPEDS Surveys, Data Feedback Reports, and the Data Center. Exercises and resources will demonstrate processes to establish key performance indicators and identify variables to refine comparison groups.

This training is designed for all IPEDS experience levels. It can be taken as a compliment to the New Keyholder Training held on August 25, 2014 or by itself.

For additional information and to request a seat in the IPEDS Workshop, please visit

IPEDS Workshops Team
Association for Institutional Research
1435 East Piedmont Drive, Suite 211
Tallahassee, FL 32308
(850) 385-4155 Ext. 202
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