“Crossroads”

November 14-16, 2018 - Portland, OR

University Club of Portland & Hotel Modero

The theme selected for our 39th Annual PNAIRP Conference is “Crossroads ”. The field of institutional research and what we do each day has changed dramatically, and the tasks and duties we are asked to complete by leadership and other constituents is constantly changing. Institutional Researchers are no longer just "number crunchers". We play an integral part in every facet of college decisions and how we play that part may be different from one college to the next. The 2018 PNAIRP Conference will focus on this crossroads in the field of institutional research. 

This year the conference will be held in downtown Portland, November 14-16th, at the University Club of Portland with accommodations located about one block away at Hotel Modero. The venues are located in downtown Portland within the theatre district, walking distance to restaurants, art galleries, museums, and nightlife.

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Pre-Conference Workshops!

There will be 3 pre-conference workshops available this year!

IPEDS Human Resource Training & Financial Aid Training, 8am - 4pm

  • Offered by AIR
  • Note: While registration is for both training sessions, you may choose to attend just one
  • Morning workshop content: IPEDS Human Resources Training - NEW!

    This workshop prepares individuals to accurately complete the IPEDS Human Resources (HR) survey. It is designed for IR and human resources professionals, as well as other researchers or administrators who want to increase their understanding of these data. Topics include preparing data to increase consistency within the survey, understanding data definitions, classification of employees and alignment of employee function with Bureau of Labor Statistics Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) codes, coordination of effort between stakeholders in and outside of an institution, and planning for efficacy of data beyond the IPEDS HR survey itself. Exercises cover classifying employees properly, preparing for and completing the IPEDS HR survey, and benchmarking with commonly used employee metrics.


    Afternoon workshop content: IPEDS Student Financial Aid Training - NEW!

    This workshop provides foundational training for completing the IPEDS Student Financial Aid Survey using an integrated approach to managing, storing, and extracting financial aid data required for survey completion. Topics include an overview of financial aid concepts and how they intersect IPEDS, how to effectively create frozen data files from enrollment and financial aid systems, how to use these files to answer the respective sections of the survey, and how the files can be leveraged to address additional internal reporting needs. The workshop concludes with exercises focused on how IPEDS financial aid data are used for external purposes as well as for internal benchmarking.

R You Kidding Me? Tips and Tricks for IR Professionals to Use R, 8:30am - 12:30pm

  • Offered by Joshua Farrell and Zoe Hanley, Whitman College
  • Why is there always a new program to learn in IR? Program R is an open-source statistical package increasingly being used for data manipulation and modeling. In this introductory workshop, you will learn how to navigate RStudio, import and manipulate data, and you will learn useful R tools and resources to get you started on your journey. 

Project Management for Non-Project Managers, 8:30am - 12:30pm

  • Offered by Elizabeth Young, Lewis and Clark College
  • As requests for information and metrics on campus get more and more complex, and the diverse sources of data become more frequently hosted and remotely managed, the demand for data-related projects have increased. IR and IT staff are often asked to apply proper Project Management methodology to these projects, yet those techniques can feel like a bunch of pointless hoops to jump through when you’d rather just focus on getting things done. In reality, learning Project Management skills and applying them to your initiatives, both low-impact and campus-wide, can save you time, resources, and relationships. The workshop will be organized into activities, brief content presentations, group brainstorming, and interactive demonstrations. There will be lego building. 
To register for a pre-conference session: register here
Please note, you must be registered for the PNAIRP Conference to attend the pre-conference workshops, except for the IPEDS training which is open to those not attending the conference. 

PNAIRP Conference Program

The program is available here: Full Program

The program overview is available here: PNAIRP Preliminary Program.pdf


Travel and Accommodations

There is a room block available at Hotel Modera, with rooms starting at $169 with group code PNAIRP. 

Please note, you can only book Tuesday, November 13th through Friday, November 16th using the online link.  If you plan to stay outside that range of dates please call Edwin Martinez at 503-484-1075. He will assist you in booking your stay with the group rate. 

Attendees arriving by plane can easily travel to the hotel by boarding the MAX light rail ($2.50) just outside baggage claim and exiting at Pioneer Square Courthouse.

Conference Sponsors

Interested in being a sponsor? Last year we had to turn some potential sponsors away because we were at capacity. Don't delay, CLICK HERE to learn about or secure your place at the 2018 PNAIRP Conference.


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