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IPEDS Training Announcement: Two Keyholder Workshops in September in Los Angeles

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) is hosting 2 full-day trainings for Keyholders in September. Financial support for these workshops is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

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 Crowne Plaza Los Angeles Airport, 5985 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • 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.

New Keyholder Training: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 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

IPEDS Workshop: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 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 September 15, 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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