2017 Winter Newsletter


Happy New Year!  I hope your new year is off to a great start.

Have you registered for the 2017 annual NCAIR conference?  Julie Santiago, conference Program Chair and the conference planning committee have been diligently working on conference details.  In addition to four pre-conference sessions, a new feature for the 2017 conference is a pair of sponsor-conducted hands on sessions designed to provide participants the opportunity to not only hear about the products but actually use them on-site.  Rapid Insight is hosting a session featuring their VEERA data blending software, and Entrinsik is hosting a session featuring their Informer data analytics platform.  These limited-seating sessions require advance registration, and are free of charge to registered conference attenders.  Registration for these sessions is available on the conference registration website.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read through this newsletter and learn more about NCAIR happenings and opportunities.  There are several ways for you to get involved in supporting NCAIR.  I hope you will consider the available opportunities.

From the Program Chair

The IR Frontier: Pushing Boundaries
March 13-15, 2017
21C Museum Hotel, Durham NC

Happy new year everyone!  We are two months away from our annual conference at the fantastic 21c Museum Hotel in Durham.  This venue is truly a unique place and I think everyone will enjoy the art exhibits, the on-site Counting House restaurant, and the vibrant location.  For the first time, we also plan to offer some evening entertainment by showing a movie entitled “Starving the Beast”, an examination of the philosophical shift that is taking place on college campuses across the nation.

Registration and Reservations

Conference registration is now open.  Early-bird registration is $160 through February 19, and $200 afterwards.  Online conference registration is available, and payment options include credit card or check.

Be sure to reserve your hotel room before February 19.  We have a guaranteed rate of $159 per night and the reservation code is NCAIR17.  You can make your reservations online or by calling the hotel directly at 919-956-6700.

Call for Proposals

It’s time to submit your presentation proposal!  You can choose to do a panel, a software demonstration, a work share, or a paper. Topics are as varied as our IR field: Planning and Organizing, Research, Technology and Training, Assessment and Effectiveness, and Current Issues in Higher Education, etc.  You may submit your proposal online, and the deadline is February 1.


Our planning committee has worked diligently to provide you with the best possible professional development opportunities, as well.  We have a Keynote address consisting of three speakers (Bill Schneider, Brian Miller, and Pamela Federline) who will share their research related to the North Carolina Community College Excellence in Research and Analytics Initiative.  You can find their bios on our NCAIR 2017 Conference Webpage.  Our luncheon plenary speaker is Lisa Dodson, a recognized data expert with SAS.  We will have Lisa’s bio published soon on our NCAIR conference site.


We will also offer a full-day intermediate level IPEDS training workshop, consisting of two parts, a morning session entitled “IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution” and an afternoon session entitled “IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness” on Monday, March 13.  Registration for the IPEDS workshop is online.  Your colleagues will also offer two half-day workshops on Monday, March 13: “Excel: Making it Easier to Push Boundaries”, and “Introduction to Statistics for College Reporting”.  Registration is available on the conference registration page.

Software Demonstrations

Also new this year are two 90-minute software demonstrations by Rapid Insight and Entrinsik on Wednesday, March 15.  This is a great way to learn more about what these software tools can do for you.  Registration is available on the conference registration page.

Travel Grants

Travel grant awards of up to $200 are available to both new members and current members.  Grant awardees also receive a waiver of the conference registration fee.  Please review our current travel grant policy, and applications can be completed here.

We look forward to seeing you in Durham!

Julie Santiago
Program Chair
[email protected]


2017 AIR Forum travel grants available

NCAIR has received matching funds from AIR as part of the AIR Affiliate Organization Travel Grant program.  This is a great opportunity for NCAIR members to attend the AIR Forum at a reduced cost!  NCAIR will award up to $1000 per recipient.  Applications are due February 15, 2017.  Winners will be announced at the NCAIR conference in March.  The travel grant application process is available on the NCAIR website under the “Documents” tab.


NCAIR has a new Predictive Analytics and Data Blending Partner! 

Rapid Insight, a leading provider of easy to use predictive analytics and data blending software for higher education, has announced a partnership with NCAIR.

The two organizations will work together to deliver educational content tuned to NCAIR’s audience.  Rapid Insight will also offer special pricing to NCAIR members to facilitate access to the latest in predictive analytics software.

Rapid Insight software is already used by multiple NCAIR-Member institutions to promote student success, enrollment management and other IR analytics.

To learn more about Rapid Insight’s solutions and their work with NCAIR, contact Eric Derby at Rapid Insight.  You can reach him at [email protected] or by phone at 603-447-0240.


Call for Board Nominations

NCAIR is currently receiving nominations for NCAIR Board positions.  Serving on the NCAIR Board is a great way to get involved!  If you would like to nominate yourself or another NCAIR member for a leadership position with NCAIR, nominations are being received by Rob Springer ([email protected]).  Information about board positions is provided in the NCAIR bylaws, which are available on the NCAIR webpage.  The following positions are open for 2017-18:  President-Elect, Treasurer, and Member at Large – All Institutions.

Call for Audit Committee membership

NCAIR conducts an annual audit of its finances and we conduct the audit utilizing a small committee of NCAIR members.  If you are interested in participating on this year’s audit committee, please contact Tim Metz, [email protected]