The 2019 NCAIR annual conference is March 24 – 27,  2019 and will be held at the Blockade Runner Hotel located on the ocean front of Wrightsville Beach, NC.

Hotel address:
Blockade Runner Hotel
275 Waynick Blvd.
Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: A room block is reserved at the Blockade Runner Resort with a rate of $130 per night for oceanfront rooms and $110 per night for the harbour side rooms.  Reservations can be made online here:  and reference the NCAIR room block. You can also call the resort at 800 805.2252.  The room block and discounted rate expire on March 03, 2019. Please read info on the cottage below before booking your room…

UNIQUE ROOMING OPPORTUNITY THIS YEAR IN THE COTTAGE – We have a unique rooming opportunity for NCAIR March 2019. We rented the cottage next to the hotel so we could have a hospitality suite where we would be allowed to bring our own food and drinks.  To pay for this cottage, we need 8 people to room here to cover the cost. This cottage has 13 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms. With 9 people, everyone will have their own bathroom and some may take advantage of having a colleague/family attending in room across from adjoining room for no additional cost. The cost for staying in the cottage is a just a one-time fee of $355.00 to cover all 3 nights (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights) for each of these 9 people who will stay in the cottage. Please let Rhonda Belton know as soon as possible if you are interested so we can reserve your spot.  (


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Pre-conference Workshop Offerings:

Note:  Please register for the conference and any workshops that you wish to attend (you can go back and register for these separately also) at the NCAIR Registration Site , but register for the FREE IPEDS workshop at IPEDS Workshop Online Registration

Workshop Descriptions:

Creating a Data Warehouse on a Shoestring Budget Workshop:

Have you wanted or been asked to produce data analytics, but have been unable to do so, because you don’t have the underlying data structure assembled?  Then this workshop is for you!  This workshop will provide hands-on experience in compiling your university data into a format that can be used for trending and data analytics.  We will review methods to handle inconsistent data (column) coding, multiple term structure (including sub-terms), and multiple row structure (students with credits in two or more academic levels).  Workshop attendees will need to bring a laptop or other device with current Office (MS Excel) software installed.  Workshop attendees will also need to bring their own Fall census data, at least 3 to 5 consecutive Fall terms (or a practice set will be provided with dummy data). Data elements should include ID#, academic level, major, credit hours, and demographics.  It will also be helpful if workshop attendees have experience with VLOOKUP, but this is not required.  At the end of the day, workshop attendees will have a data warehouse (or the beginnings of one) they can take back to their campus to begin producing data analytics.  This is a 3.5 hour workshop beginning at 8:30am, Monday, March 25.  Online registration for this workshop ends Friday, March 15th at noon or until filled, whichever comes first.  Onsite registration via check made out to NCAIR (no cash or credit cards) is available, pending availability, beginning 7:30am Monday, March 25.

f(Tableau) = MAX([Efficiency]) Workshop:

This 3.5 hour Tableau workshop begins at 1:00pm on Monday, March 25, 2019.  The workshop is intended for participants with at least a basic working knowledge of Tableau, which can be acquired by watching the “Getting Started” training videos provided on the Tableau website.  This session is limited to 30 people.  Online registration for this workshop ends at noon on Friday, March 15th or until filled, whichever comes first.  If there are vacancies, onsite registration by check (made out to NCAIR—no cash or credit cards) is available beginning at 7:30am on Monday, March 25.

Participants are required to bring a laptop with the most recent version of Tableau Desktop installed.  A 14-day free trial is available from the Tableau website if the institution does not have a license.  If using the free trial, please be sure it does not expire before the workshop!  Participants may elect to bring their own data to work with, but data will be provided as part of the workshop.

For the first half of the class we will learn how to use Tableau to perform common institutional research tasks more efficiently.  Using real cases as examples, we will work through challenges step-by-step so you can learn methods applicable to a variety of data and situations.  During the second half we will learn how to build more efficient visualizations.  We will discuss best practices for communicating data and techniques for improving dashboards.  Finally, you will have an opportunity to put your new skills to work with a Flip My Dashboard challenge!


UNC System Office Data Marts Workshop: (no cost)

This half-day session is Monday, March 25, 1:00-4:30pm and is intended for institutional research staff at University of North Carolina institutions.   This is a UNC System Data Mart users group meeting to discuss current and future plans for student, human resources, and finance data.  Discussion of Data Mart, Insight Analytics Platform, and data science initiatives for UNC institutions.


IPEDS workshop: (no cost)

The Association for Institutional Research (AIR) and the North Carolina Association for Institutional Research (NCAIR) are co-hosting a one-day IPEDS Workshop for data providers and users in conjunction with NCAIR Conference.  Financial support for this workshop is provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

  • Workshop Content:  IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution and IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness
  • Six hours of instruction (demonstrations, discussions, PowerPoint presentations, and hands-on computer based training exercises).
  • Provided at no charge to participants

IPEDS Data as the Public Face of an Institution

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.

IPEDS Data and Benchmarking: Supporting Decision Making and Institutional Effectiveness

This workshop introduces the fundamentals of benchmarking as a measure of institutional effectiveness. It is designed for individuals with little to no experience in benchmarking studies. Participants use data from the IPEDS Surveys, Data Feedback Reports, and the “Use of Data” section of the NCES website to learn about the types of comparison groups that can be constructed. Exercises demonstrate

Note: Participants are required to bring a MAC or PC laptop with wireless capability and Microsoft Excel.  This workshop is limited to 45 participants and workshop seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Seat confirmations are delivered via email on a rolling basis approximately 3 business days after an online seat registration is submitted. For additional information and to request a seat, please visit

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Sessions: (Sponsor sessions will be listed soon).

Title Presenters School
Data Support for Planning & Accreditation Beverly R. King, Ying Zhou, and Nicole Cox East Carolina University
Academic Success and Gender at East Carolina University Ralf Schuster and Beverly R. King East Carolina University
Lessons and Landmines in Conducting Faculty Salary Studies Ying Zhou, Beverly King, Hanyan Wang East Carolina University
Not All Treasure is Silver and Gold: A Review of Elon’s 5th Year Interim Report Rob Springer Elon University
Mapping IPEDS to the SACSCOC Standards – “X” Marks the Spot Rob Springer Elon University
The Relationship Among Revenue Sources and Retention Rates at Private Historically Black Colleges and Universities Andre S. Richardson Johnson C. Smith University
Connecting the dots and hitting the mark: Meaningful data collection using web-based survey tools Quin Jernigan University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Using Logistic Regression to Determine Price Sensitivity of Students Mondrail Myrick University of North Carolina at Pembroke
UNC System Strategic Plan Metrics and Annual Indicators Catherine Uffman and Elizabeth Reilley UNC System Office
Building Predictive Models Giana Malak, Kevin Shropshire, Evan Ferrier UNC System Office, Data & Analytics
Admissions Criteria and Policy Analysis Dan Cohen-Vogel, Giana Malak, Kevin Shropshire, Evan Ferrier UNC System Office, Data & Analytics
Academic Performance (Grades) in Math 191 (Calculus) as Related to 4-Year Graduation from UNCG Bill Zhang University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Integrating a Business Intelligence Platform in Student Services Camellia Inman and Saunya Amos Wake Technical CC
Should I Choose Professors Who Look Like Me? A Multi-Institution Study on the Influence of Instructor-Student Race and Gender Self-Similarity on Final Course Grades of College Students Adam Shick and Michael DeWitt Wake Forest University
From “Shiver Me to Timbers” to “Unburied Treasure” – A Simple Approach to SACSCOC Document Preparation Laura Crist and Becky Mussat-Whitlow Winston-Salem State University
Finding Treasure in College Impact Literature Kimberly Fath Elon University
Propensity Score Analytics and Inverse Propensity Weighting: Turning Observational Data into an Experimental Data Set Sarah Carrigan University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Conference sponsorship opportunities are available. Currently, the following sponsors have committed to the success of the 2019 NCAIR Conference:



Keynote Speaker

Accreditation in Partnership with Institutional Research

Stephanie Kirschmann joined SACSCOC as vice president in 2017.  Prior to her work with the Commission, Dr. Kirschmann served several institutions in a variety of roles vice president and chief operating officer for the global [online, graduate] campus; associate provost for quality assurance and academic administration; accreditation liaison, director of institutional effectiveness; and director of records.  She holds a doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University.


Lunch Speaker

Dana McKim serves as pastor to First United Methodist Church in Morganton NC. Additionally he serves as Chaplain to the NC Fallen Firefighters Foundation. Since the age of 15 Dana has been entertaining folks as “Bubbles the Clown”, initially under the tutelage of his “Uncle Hi Pockets” who was once an apprentice of the famous circus clown, Emmett Kelly, Sr. His work in clowning intersected with a call to ministry and since that point “Bubbles” has performed across the eastern seaboard and in four countries and in three languages. He is also known throughout the Piedmont for another unique character “Bubba the Shepherd, Esq.” who carries a very different perspective on Christmas. In recent years a new fascination with the NC Renaissance Festival and the annual Pirate Christmas event has led to a discovery of yet another character, the infamous privateer Barba Blanco. Dana (and Barba Blanco!) will be joining for lunch to share some unique observations about the Importance of Pirates in our lives. Join us for this bit of light-hearted fun and perhaps a few pearls of wisdom.



CALL FOR PROPOSALS (Due:  Jan 25, 2019)
Conference participants are invited to submit proposals for concurrent session presentations and discussion groups.  Sessions are 45 minutes in length.  There are several subject areas from which to choose: Planning and Organizing, Research, Technology and Training, Assessment and Effectiveness, and Current Issues in Higher Education.  We encourage proposals aligned with the conference pirate treasure theme,  Institutional Researchers: Find Your Treasure!
Electronic submission of conference proposals is available here.

Travel grant awards of up to $200 are available to both new members and active members.  Grant awardees also receive a waiver of the conference registration fee.  NCAIR’s travel grant policy can be viewed here.  Travel grant deadline is Feb 5, 2019.
Click here to apply for a 2019 NCAIR Conference Travel Grant.